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The Most Wonderful Thing in the World by Vivian French
  

The Most Wonderful Thing in the World

Vivian French

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Venice provides the background for this delightful fairy-tale. Its king and queen realise that their daughter needs a husband to be king when she’s queen. But how to choose one? Find the young man who can show you the most wonderful thing in the world, advises the wisest man they know. As suitor after suitor arrives at the palace, the princess is out exploring the city with a charming young man. He it is who finally shows her parents the most wonderful thing in the world. It’s a satisfying story, cleverly told and Angela Barrett has great fun with the fabulous array of marvels presented by the suitors. The ending will leave everyone happy. ~ Andrea Reece

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The Most Wonderful Thing in the World by Vivian French

From the author of the Tiara Club series comes a gently satirical fairy story for our times, illustrated by one of today's finest artists, Angela Barrett.

When a king and a queen promise to marry their daughter Lucia to the man who can show them the most wonderful thing in the world, suitors descend on the palace bearing gifts. Roses, jewels and exotic birds; dancing girls, wind machines and mythical beasts - but nothing feels quite right. As the last suitor leaves, his weapons of mass destruction rejected, the king and queen are exhausted. But when a shy, young man, who isn't a suitor at all, steps forward, they finally understand what the most wonderful thing in the world really is.

Vivian French's masterful retelling of a forgotten story is both funny and heart-warming, and Angela Barrett's breathtaking illustrations give life to an enchanting and romantic fairytale city.

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Barrett's paintings are exquisitely dreamy and delicate. -- Amanda Craig * The Times * Vivian French is a sublime story-teller. * The Sunday Telegraph * Exquisitely heartfelt -- The Independent * The Independent * Angela Barrett's breathtaking and nostalgic illustrations give life to an enchanting fairytale city full of subtle surprises while French's masterful retelling of the magical story makes this a perfect wedding gift for true romantics. * Lancashire Evening Post * The Most Wonderful Thing In The World is a stunningly beautiful story, both visually and in terms of its content. It's a gorgeous fairy tale about knowing and understanding the true value of things, which is something we all need to be reminded of now and again. Vivian French's satirical story is firmly tongue-in-cheek, but it's also romantic, heart-warming and utterly absorbing. It's a perfect book for readers aged seven and older, who will enjoy the captivating story and pour over the highly detailed drawings by award-winning illustrator Angela Barrett. * Junior * This charming and amusing fairytale set in Venice, and beautifully illustrated by Angela Barrett [...] is a very satisfying story with an equally satisfactory end. * Inis Reading Guide * ...beautifully complemented by Angela Barrett's exquisite illustrations, painted with the skill of a miniaturist. The warmth of the colour palette, the atmospheric use of light, the sumptuous scrollwork and the ornately-framed vignettes result in a rich visual experience. * The School Librarian * The Most Wonderful Thing in the World may also be one of the most beautiful books of the year. In this lovingly crafted fairy tale, the King and Queen decide that they must find a husband for their much-loved daughter. [...] Vivian French tells an enchanting story of love and happiness, stylishly illustrated by Angela Barrett in soft, muted tones. The whole is a joy sure to be enjoyed by readers of all ages. * The Scotsman * This book lives up to its name, for it is a beautiful book brimming with the finest, most magical illustrations. * Cotswold Preview *

About the Author

Vivian French

Vivian French is a highly acclaimed children's author who has written more than 250 books during the course of her career, including Caterpillar, Butterfly, The Tales from the Five Kingdoms series and Yucky Worms. Her recent work includes the critically acclaimed picture book The Most Wonderful Thing in the World. Vivian teaches on the illustration course at Edinburgh School of Art, and helped to found the mentoring scheme Picture Hooks for aspiring young illustrators. She lives in Edinburgh. Read further information about Vivian French here.

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Format

Hardback
32 pages

Author

Vivian French
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Author's Website

www.vivianfrench.co.uk/inde...

Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

4th June 2015

ISBN

9781406339680

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