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Emperor of Absurdia

Written by Chris Riddell

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LoveReading View on Emperor of Absurdia

Shortlisted for the Nestle Children's Award 2006 and for the incredibly prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal 2007.

Sumptuous illustrations tempt readers into the delightfully absurd world in which dinner is served before lunch and skyfish settle on umbrella trees. The young Emperor is a charming child with a hairy wardrobe monster as an advisor who sets off hunting dragons across a gloriously imagined landscape where anything fantastical can happen. A richly entertaining picture book from a uniquely talented artist at the height of his powers. (0-7)

Judges' comment:

Riddell makes glorious use of colour in this very interesting and engaging picture book, which despite being extraordinarily detailed is very easy to read. It cleverly gives the reader the impression of moving physically into its landscape, and works on lots of different levels as it turns reality completely on its head. The composition of each page is always well-thought out, and the technique of using small pictures at certain points makes the reader slow down and study carefully. The ambiguous ending stays with you, and allows you to take pleasure from the book over and over again.

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Emperor of Absurdia Synopsis

Join one small boy as he tumbles out of bed into a crazy dreamland of wardrobe monsters, dragons - and amazing adventure. This picture book is suitable for the youngest reader.

 

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781405090285
Publication date: 01/06/2007
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781405050616
Publication date: 31/08/2006
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781405090285
Publication date: 1st June 2007
Author: Chris Riddell
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Recommendations: eBooks

About Chris Riddell

Children's Laureate 2015-2017 One of the World Book Day 2015 Authors  Chris Riddell was our Author and Illustrator of the Month in December 2010. Click here to find out more. Chris Riddell, the 2015-2017 UK Children's Laureate, is an accomplished artist and the political cartoonist for the Observer. He has enjoyed great acclaim for his books for children. His books have won a number of major prizes, including the 2001 and 2004 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals. Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse won the Costa Children's Book Award 2013. His work for Macmillan includes the bestselling Goth Girl books, the Ottoline series,&...

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