Friday, March 16, 2007

The Book of Beasts

Author: E. Nesbit

First line: Lionel happened to be building a Palace when the news came.

Why you should read this book: Edith Nesbit's The Book of Dragons was first published over a century ago, but with the exception of a very few cultural references, the stories are just as delightful and relevant today as they were in 1900. This picture book excerpts one of Nesbit's stories and brings it to life with lovely, warm illustrations showing the hero, Lionel, becoming king, messing with magic he ought not to touch, and setting all to rights using his own clever thinking.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You might want to read the larger collection instead.

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