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Isabella Abnormella and the Very, Very Finicky Queen of Trouble-Signed by author

Lewis, J. Patrick; Brooker, Kyrsten

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ISBN 10: 0789426056 / ISBN 13: 9780789426055
Published by U.S.A.: DK CHILDREN, 2000
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Isabella Abnormella and the Very, Very Finicky Queen of Trouble by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker. Hardback story/picture book is quite clean, in near new condition, and is signed/inscribed by the author on back of free front endpaper-has near new dust jacket in a Brodart protector-nice looking book. NOT AN EX-LIB!. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1474139213940

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Title: Isabella Abnormella and the Very, Very ...

Publisher: U.S.A.: DK CHILDREN

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Synopsis:

For everyone who loves nonsense verse, a book worth staying up for!

Even a Queen sometimes has trouble getting a good night's sleep -- especially when her mattress is either too hard or too soft. And when the Queen is unhappy, you can bet she makes the King and the citizens of Trouble miserable, too. While the King tries one absurd thing after another in hopes of finding a suitable bed for his hard-to-please Queen -- from the gardener's wheelbarrow to an enormous wicker basket (not too wide, but to too narrow) -- nothing works to solve the problem, not even his Mister Tickle Dream Machine. Finally, a young servant girl, Isabella Abnormella Pinkerton McPugh, steps forth to say what SHE would do: "Queen Angeline might well prefer a bed that's cool and wavy, Like bubble baths or like the seas that float the Royal Navy..." And voila! Thanks to Isabella, the Queen's insomnia is cured once and for all with the invention of -- the Queen-sized waterbed! Flamboyant and funny collages capture all the humor of this rollicking verse by J. Patrick Lewis, whose tongue-in-cheek nonsense has the appeal of the best of Edward Lear and Ogden Nash.

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What to do? The Queen of Trouble (that charming town between Good-Grief! and Who's-to-Blame?) can't seem to catch a single wink, despite countless hours in her Twinkle Room equipped with plush pillows and sheets of silk and velveteen. She's decided that the Royal Mattress just won't do, that it's always either too hard or too soft: "Is it too much to request-- / After all, I am the Queen-- / That I'd like a little rest / On a bed that's... in between?"

The servants mobilize the King, who springs into action: "Good citizens of Trouble, / Will you gather round the moat? / Your Queen's extremely restless-- / I suggest we take a vote!" Every possible solution goes up for review, from a rolling gurney to the Mister Tickle Dream Machine. But it's the sweet, young royal cat keeper who zeroes in on a solution. Isabella Abnormella Pinkerton McPugh enlists the King and his subjects to invent a revolutionary new mattress--the truly Queen-sized waterbed!

The verse of J. Patrick Lewis (Riddle-icious) proves as polished as ever, but it's Kyrsten Brooker's lively collage work that steals the show. Somehow she sneaks in blue T-shirts as moat water, while fabric swatches and architectural samples serve to anchor castle walls and wardrobes. Between Lewis's words and Brooker's spirited cast and composition, every page hums with pep and ingenuity. (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes

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