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The Pagemaster

David Kirschner and Ernie Contreras

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ISBN 10: 1878685430 / ISBN 13: 9781878685438
Published by Turner Publishing, Inc., Atlanta, 1993
Used Condition: Very Good+ Hardcover
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Title: The Pagemaster

Publisher: Turner Publishing, Inc., Atlanta

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: Jerry Tiritilli

Book Condition:Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition

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Ten-year-old Richard Tyler discovers a world of adventure at his local library when the books start to come alive and he is surrounded by some of literature's most entertaining characters.

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A phobic 10-year-old is trapped in a library of animated literary classics in this earnest, handsomely set out, but uninspired tale from Hanna-Barbera's CEO (creator of ``An American Tail'') and a staff writer. Fleeing a thunderstorm, Richie Tyler comes on a large building guarded by marble lions; inside, ``Mr. Dewey'' hands him a library card and sends him into the shadowy stacks, where he falls in with three stubby-limbed companions- -''Adventure,'' in eyepatch and bandanna, motherly ``Fantasy,'' and purple, self-pitying ``Horror.'' Together, they witness Captain Ahab's climactic encounter with Moby Dick, are held prisoner by Long John Silver, and flee on a magic carpet from a fire-breathing dragon, among other brief encounters. The heavy, coated stock and big, bright illustrations give the book a substantial feel at odds with its contents; the authors capture little of the flavor or spirit of their sources (and have a strange idea of what 10-year- olds want to read). The writing can be bombastic (``Fiction A to Z!...The place where a child's imagination can take root and grow to incredible heights!''), and Richie is a cartoon character at best. Looking for a fictive gateway to good books? Entice readers with Anne Lindbergh's imaginative Travel Far, Pay No Fare (1992). (Fiction. 10-12) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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