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The King of Quizzical Island

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Gently absurd and delightfully entertaining, this rhyming tale of a curious king on a singular search evokes the playful tradition of Edward Lear.

THE KING OF QUIZZICAL ISLAND
HAD A MOST INQUISITIVE MIND.
HE SAID, "IF I SAIL TO THE EDGE OF THE WORLD,
I WONDER WHAT I'LL FIND?"

When his wily old Wizard and Whispering Witches can’t answer the king’s question, he makes up his quizz
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published November 10th 2009 by Candlewick Press (first published September 7th 2009)
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Christine
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents, grandparents
Quizzical Island is aptly named for the questioning King who wants to know just were the edge of the world is. The tale begins with that question and the responses he receives from his loyal and loving subjects and admirable advisers. The King listens to their fears and anxieties about leaving the island, but relies on his own desires for answers as he sails away. The illustrations are done in pen and ink with splashes of water color only illustrating the King. There are very imaginative concept ...more
Amy
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was such a great adventure tale, full of imagination, creativity, and a kind of surrealist beauty. My nephew loved the adventure, my niece loved the quest for knowledge (what is at the edge of the world? Is there even an edge at all?), and I loved the vocabulary, the creativity of the art and text, and the bravery of the king. Really a neat book to open up a conversation with kids about how inquisitiveness can lead to discovery and the expansion of human knowledge.
Heidi-Marie
The rhyming scheme for this book works well. And the pencil illustrations are interesting to look at (much better for a lap-read or on-your-own). The imaginative story/journey would be fun for kids. The fantasy elements are light and treated as normal--it works well, too. I'm only having problems with decipering the illustration on the last pages. Things I loved: the take on the Kellogg's Corn Flakes box and the people dressed in animal costumes.
Alisha
Jan 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
good rhyme and rhythm. positive leadership on the part of the king (not playing a tyrannically stereotypical role), and a great introduction to the shape of the world, that different places are different and that is ok, etc. especially loved the talking reptiles that stand on their tails and say quite plainly that it ISN'T comfortable!
Elizabeth S
Jun 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-picture
One of those fun stories with great rhyming and rhythms. A pleasure to read aloud.
Ann
May 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: all-ages, read-aloud
Stumbled upon this in the picture books and think I have found a great read aloud!!
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Gordon Snell is a published author and an editor of children's books and young adult books. Some of the published credits of Gordon Snell include The Deadly Camera, Twelve Days: A Christmas Countdown and The King of Quizzical Island. He was married to the author Maeve Binchy until her death in 2012.
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