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The Amazing Adventures of Curd the Lion (and…

The Amazing Adventures of Curd the Lion (and Us!) in the Land at the Back…

by Alan Gilliland

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This is indeed going to be a marmite book (as I noticed from the reviews already on Amazon). I was very excited to open this, thinking I was going to be reading something incredibly magical, already having in mind who I could pass the book on to after me. Instead, I felt a bit confused by it. Who is it aimed at? I couldn't tell if it was for children or adults to be honest. It is naturally reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland and whilst you can see how children love that story I feel this is a bit more complicated than that. I liked the book but didn't find it an easy read. The illustrations are wonderful though and they do add to the story (they helepd me understand the signpost with the missing post a bit better for example) and they let you see the characters in a little more detail - which is necessary because the prose doesn't always let you do that.

Even though I like the book overall I've given it three stars, simply because I felt it didn't flow and it wasn't the exciting read I'd been expecting. The chapters just didn't seem to link well and the rhymes became quite irritating in places. I'd love to try something else by this author as a comparison but I have a feeling I won't. I tried to read it out loud to aid my understanding, much to bemused looks from my husband but even then the word order sometimes didn't sound right. On paper this book is a terrific idea, in principle it just doesn't quite work. I'd recommend trying it from the library first before buying it and then buying it as a keeper.

Overall, the illustrations are 4 stars and the way the story flows brings it down to 3 stars. ( )
1 vote SmithSJ01 | Dec 16, 2009 |
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When the Great Raven steals their Mother's precious brooch, the Twins, Henry and Henrietta, are blamed and told that, unless the brooch is returned, their Birthday Party in four days' time will be cancelled and that their four Animals, Curd the Lion, Pilgrim Crow, Sweeney the Heenie (a hyena), and O'Flattery the Snake, will be given away to the Charity Shop.Curd the Lion, who witnessed the theft, leads the Animals out that night, all the way to the Back of Beyond, to find the Great Raven and try to rescue the brooch.Meeting first that unfathomable inflatable, Professor Balloonafuss, creatures they encounter include 'His Majesty King Much of a Muchness', Nook and Cranny, Queen Mumbie-Bumbee and the Dodongs.By the time they enter Holywood, with its Minor-Bore, knightly Sir Rush and his Kalandar, their route has become so riddled with pitfalls and the talk of the beasts so twisted, the Animals can hardly tell whether they are coming or going.Reaching at last the Rocks of Brimstone and the out-jutting Corbie-stone, lair of the Great Raven, the Animals discover both friends and foes converging on this pivotal rock. A great battle ensues. The author has included the first three chapters of a second adventure, 'The Ineffable Emperor, or, Travels in the Land of Nod in the Great Sea of Slumber', as an invitation to readers to ask for more. No illustrations (though there will be of course, in the real book)

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