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****Bartlett and the Ice Voyage

by Odo Hirsch

Reviewed January 20, 2004.
Bloomsbury, London, 1999.  First published in Australia in 1998.  168 pages.

Bartlett and the Ice Voyage reminds me of the style of Natalie Babbit in The Search for Delicious.  The storyteller style with an omniscient narrator is old-fashioned, but works for this good old-fashioned adventure.

The Queen of seven countries has never tasted a melidrop.  She wants someone to bring her a melidrop, but the fruit grows far, far away and everyone knows that a melidrop rots one day after it is picked.  Who could possibly take on this impossible task?

Only Bartlett can possibly manage it, but he will need Inventiveness, Desperation and Perseverance.

A fun and adventurous tale.

Review of another book by Odo Hirsch:
Bartlett and the City of Flames

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