The King of Quizzical Island

By Gordon Snell; David McKee (Illustrator)
(Candlewick Press (MA), 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
Editor Gordon Snell is a writer who lives in Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland with his wife, Maeve Binchy.

David McKee grew up in Devon, England. Later, while a student at Plymouth Art College, he began selling his cartoon drawings to newspapers. Since 1964 he has published a number of successful books for children, including the King Rollo stories, which he helped animate for British television. His first book for Lothrop was Snow Woman, of which Publishers Weekly said, "It is McKee's superb humor--conveyed almost solely in the illustrations...that wins the day." Of his second Lothrop book, Who's a Clever Baby, Publishers Weekly had this to say: "Grandma's alliterative frenzies are fascinating and readers will find Baby's manipulative stubbornness vastly amusing."

Mr. McKee enjoys traveling and doing books that "leave things unsaid."

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