The King of Quizzical Island Digs Through the World by Gordon Snell

The King of Quizzical Island Digs Through the World

Written by Gordon Snell
Illustrated by David McKee

3+ readers   
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Age 3+. This is one of the loveliest picture books that's been published in 2011 to share with your toddler. In the extraordinary adventures of the King of Quizzical Island, the King decides he must prove to his citizens that the world is round. So he begins to dig and meets all manner of creatures on the way. The rhyming text written by Gordon Snell, husband of the novelist Maeve Binchy, is superb and complimented perfectly by David McKee's quirky illustrations.


The King of Quizzical Island Digs Through the World by Gordon Snell

Through rhyming text the King of Quizzical Island begins to dig a tunnel so deep that it will take him to the other side of the world. His quest leads him right down into the heart of the earth where he encounters all kinds of mysterious and mythical creatures, including the Monarch of Calcium, a huge Giant and a Dinosaur and Dragon perched in two large armchairs. Will he make it to the other side? What treasures of wisdom will he discover?


'The Lear-like rhyming text is longer than most picture books so independent readers will love it too, and McKee’s expressive line drawings — only the exploring King is in colour — perfectly complement the topsy-turvy world.' - Daily Mail

About the Author

Gordon Snell

Gordon Snell is the author of many books for children. He has also written song lyrics and librettos, novels and plays, and has worked in both television and radio as a writer and interviewer. He lives in Dublin with his wife, the writer Maeve Binchy. David McKee published his first picture book, Two Can Toucan, in 1964. He went on to create some of the best-loved children's characters in the world, including Mr Benn, King Rollo and Elmer the Elephant.

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Book Info


40 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

7th June 2012




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