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Baillie, Allan

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ISBN 10: 067082271X / ISBN 13: 9780670822713
Published by Penguin Books, Australia, 1988
Used Condition: Very Good+ Hardcover
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'A Viking Kestrel', HB, glossy pictorial boards in like DJ, 30pp, col illus. Unclipped Dj has been laminaed in contact PVC by PO, minimising wear. Book has mild rubbing to covers, inside is square, clean & tight with no markings. Two children's fantasy play in a garden. Joint winner of CBCA Picture Book Award 1989. Exquisite illustrations. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # jct002623

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Publisher: Penguin Books, Australia

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: Tanner, Jane

Book Condition:Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Good+

Edition: First Edition.

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This book stars Drac, the warrior Queen of Tirnol Two, who, with the gremlin of the groaning grotto join forces to drive the dragon from the mountain of the white wizard.

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PreSchool-K-- A young girl and a younger boy play at fantasy amidst the "jungles" (garden), "bubbling seas" (lawn sprinkler), and "black volcano" (smoking barbecue) of their Australian backyard. Enemies at first, the girl ("Drac, the Warrior Queen") and the boy ("the Gremlin of the Groaning Grotto") unite to rescue the "White Wizard," repelling both "General Min" (their cat) and the "Terrible Tongued Dragon" (their dog). At this point, their mother interrupts their play to award them the "Twin Crimson Cones of Tirnol Two" (ice cream cones) for their valor--and this, more than anything, illustrates all that is wrong with this book. It is all too clearly an adult rendering of a child's fantasy. The lavish illustrations leave nothing to the imagination, exposing the fantasy at every turn, while the text seems almost voyeuristic in its intrusion into the private world of the child's imagination. Ironically, this betrays the free spirit that it tries, but fails, to celebrate. --Marcia Hupp, Mamaroneck Public Library, NY
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