****The Book of Beasts
by Edith Nesbit
Reviewed December 31, 2001.
A Sonderbooks' Best Book of 2001
Candlewick Press, 2001. 60 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (E NES)
This book was taken from a short story published in a collection
by E. Nesbit in 1900, abridged and illustrated by Inga Moore into a lovely
picture book. I bought it for my 7-year-old son for Christmas, I
believe through Chinaberry.com.
The book begins when young Lionel is unexpectedly made King.
It turns out that since his great-great-great-great-great-grandfather’s
death, his loyal people had been saving up to buy him a crown, since the
said ancestor had sold his to buy books. “A very good King he was--but
he was fond of books.”
This former king was also a wizard, and one of his books, The
Book of Beasts,
causes trouble. When Lionel opens the book,
beasts escape. The escape of a great red dragon results in havoc,
and Lionel must summon up his cunning (and the help of another beast) to
remedy the situation. Great fun!
Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund. All
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