Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Emperor of Absurdia - Chris Riddell

Summary: What kind of world is it  where children are in charge and fishes swim the skies?  Where dinner comes before lunch, but then lunch hatches and runs off to fetch its -- uh-oh -- big bad, mama? 

But that's nothing compared to what the Emperor discovers when he wakes up the next morning!  From a two-time winner of the most prestigious picture-book award in Britain comes an adventure in which the extraordinary is ordinary and nothing is ever quite what it seems.  (Summary from book - Image from

My Review:  In this book, incredible dreams become reality for one young boy. The emperor of Absurdia wakes up to find his snuggly scarf is missing! He sets out on a quest to find it, is surprised by a tiny dragon, and ends up being chased by a very large one! How will he escape? You’ll have to read this book and see.

The Emperor of Absurdia is gorgeous! The illustrations are exceptionally detailed, whimsical, and oh-so-imaginative -- think Steven Kellogg meets Dr. Seuss. Every time my daughter and I open this book, we spend a great deal of time exploring the nuances of each captivating page. The author’s subtle use of alliteration and cadence give the words a dreamy lilt without having to make everything rhyme. What makes this book extraordinary is how the last page flips the whole story on its head. My girls love that page and spend even more time examining those illustrations.

While this book is written for the pre-K to K set, my seven-year-old still thought it was pretty cool and although we checked out several books from the library, this is the one that my five-year-old keeps “reading” time and again. It’s also nice that, as many times as I’ve read it the last few days, it hasn’t become annoying. I will definitely be adding this book to our at-home library.

My Rating: 4.25 Stars  (Would have been 5 stars if they somehow could have worked in how it was important to clean your room and not fight with your sister)
Sum it up: A gorgeous and magical dream scape sure to captivate your child's imagination.

1 comment:

Jillian said...

What a cute book. Love your reason for not giving it 5 stars! haha


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