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The Hall Of Beasts

Mark Shasha

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ISBN 10: 0671798936 / ISBN 13: 9780671798932
Published by Simon& Schuster, 1994, 1994
Condition: As New Soft cover
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Title: The Hall Of Beasts

Publisher: Simon& Schuster, 1994

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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When Grandfather takes Jennie to see a long-forgotten masterpiece inside an old inn, the mural suddenly comes alive. By the author of Night of the Moonjellies. Children's BOMC Alt.

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Kindergarten-Grade 2-A quiet, unusual picture book that celebrates the magic of art. Jennie and her family are enjoying a beach picnic when her grandfather tells her he has something special to show her inside an old inn. He explains that when he stayed there as a child, he was told of a mysterious stranger who created a beautiful mural in return for lodging. The artist had warned that if the animals he painted were ever "abandoned," they would disappear. Jennie is eager to see the mural, but apprehensive about entering the dark and dilapidated building, which is to be torn down the next day. When she and her grandfather reach the Hall of Beasts, they are amazed to see the creatures leaping from the walls and running away. The man suggests that they are returning to "some magical place," but Jennie believes that the line between reality and art may not be so clear. Shasha's attractive pastel illustrations are particularly effective in showing the interplay of light and shadow. They are somewhat static, however, so that in the climactic scene the beasts seem to be frozen in the act of escaping rather than to be fluidly moving across the page. While this title does not feature the absurd humor of Jon Agee's The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau (Farrar, 1988), it has down-to-earth charm that contrasts pleasantly with the unexpected ending.
Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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