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The Champions of Appledore

Dawnay, Romayne

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ISBN 10: 0027893553 / ISBN 13: 9780027893557
Published by Simon & Schuster, Riverside, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1994
Condition: Like New Hardcover
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ND on title page. A handsome copy hard bound ipublisher's red and blue cloth covers. 144 numbered pages. All page ends finished and unmarked. Illustrated end papers. Nicely illustrated. Presentation copy signed by author, "To The Chapman Children All best wishes Romayne Dawnay." Book and DJ have no wear and no defects. A very solid copy. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 056107

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Title: The Champions of Appledore

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Riverside, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Like New

Dust Jacket Condition: Like New

Signed: Presentation Copy, Signed By Author

Edition: 1st Ed., 1st Printing, Stated

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When a pack of bloodthirsty wolves, led by the great White Wolf and his sidekick, Snertle, terrorizes the village of Appledore, it is up to Tom, Scottish mouse Iona McClaren, lord of the manor Sir Pomfrey, and Grunwinkle, a retired dragon, to stop them.

From Kirkus Reviews:

A delightful comic adventure in the spirit of Sharp's The Rescuers, set in a lighthearted alternative to Joan Aiken's fantasy Britain. The ``Champions'' who rid Appledore of vicious wolves are the lovably bumbling Sir Pomfrey, his silent valet Ragwort (a gifted cook), an ``eloquent and resourceful'' Scottish mouse, Iona, and dauntless Tom the Boy (son of Tom the Man), whose exloits are punctuated with escapes from a demanding mum. The world-traveled Iona's acquaintance, Grunwinkle, a deteriorating dragon, is their secret weapon--once renovated. ``Under the grime'' left by ``decades of neglect,'' he's found to be ``as gray as an uncooked shrimp,'' but bright new paint (``his nails were [now] as vermilion as his bloodshot eyes'') spruces him up; Tom plans to fool the wolves with a torch in place of the fiery breath which has been quenched by the dragon's perpetual sniffles, and Grunwinkle comes to his former self long enough to rout the enemy, before flying off to a well-earned retirement. An infestation of polecats (smelly, garrulous, rude little weasels) adds substantially to the humor of this splendid debut, whose fresh wit and lively action (vividly reflected in the author's energetic drawings) make it an irresistible readaloud. (Fiction. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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