The King of Quizzical Island

By Gordon Snell; David Mckee (Illustrator)
(Candlewick, Hardcover, 9780763638573, 40pp.)

Publication Date: November 10, 2009

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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 quizzical mind to find out for himself. And so, in a ship made of wood from the Tea-Bag Tree — and despite the fears of his faithful that he’ll fall off the edge — the king sets off on a wondrous adventure across a topsy-turvy world. Fresh, funny, and imaginative black-and-white drawings by David McKee illustrate Gordon Snell’s rhythmic text in a tale that begs to be read aloud.




About the Author

Gordon Snell has written over seventy books for children and adults and worked as a broadcaster for the BBC. He and his wife, best-selling author Maeve Binchy, live in Dublin, Ireland.

David McKee, the author-illustrator of such classic books as NOT NOW, BERNARD and TUSK TUSK, is perhaps best known as the creator of the beloved children’s characters King Rollo, Mr. Benn, and Elmer the elephant. David McKee lives in Nice, France.

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