From the award-winning team behind the acclaimed retelling of Jonathan Swift’s GULLIVER comes an accessible, lavishly illustrated edition of a beloved classic.
One of the funniest and most touching novels ever written, Don Quixote has forever memorialized the story of a Spanish gentleman who reads so many books about chivalric knighthood that he is convinced his own destiny is to become a knight-errant. And so he embarks upon a series of fantastical adventures across sixteenth-century Spain, accompanied by his faithful and philosophical squire, Sancho Panza. Superbly retold by Martin Jenkins and illustrated with great wit and humor by Chris Riddell, this is surely the ultimate edition of a book that takes its place among the best loved in the world.
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Martin Jenkins previously collaborated with Chris Riddell on an acclaimed retelling of Jonathan Swift’s GULLIVER. He is also the author of APE, THE EMPEROR'S EGG, and TITANIC. A conservation biologist, he lives in England.
Chris Riddell is an author and political cartoonist and the illustrator of Richard Platt’s PIRATE DIARY and Jonathan Swift’s GULLVER, both winners of the Kate Greenaway Medal, as well as CASTLE DIARY by Richard Platt. He lives in England.
Jenkins and Riddell seem to be working their way through the satirical adventure canon, with rather rewarding results. Having tackled Gulliver and his travels in 2005, they now set their sights on the famed tilter at windmills and his rotund squire. Jenkins’ rendition is faithful almost to a fault, at times sounding more like summarization than adaptation. Though keeping stock of the litany of secondary characters may leave some readers a little woozy, the book does a fine job of capturing the sly satire and the duo’s slapstick schtick. The chapter headings are especially mirthful: “Don Quixote Beats Up Some Sheep, Is Felled by Some Stones, and Ends Up With Fewer Teeth Than He Started With.” Jenkins’ always impressive and expressive artwork—characters are both gnarled and caricaturish—is an ideal medium in which to mix the tale’s deadpan silliness with Quixote’s unhinged fantasies. While the long and text-heavy narrative can be a little intimidating, the artwork in the margins and especially the abundance of grand, full-page scenes should keep readers engaged throughout this picaresque classic of deluded knight-errantry. Grades 5-8. --Ian Chipman
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Book Description Candlewick, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110763640816