Being a fantastically illustrated and evocatively written account of a father & son's adventures & discoveries on a lost island.
This book is wonderful and wonderfilled! A well-wrought adventure following in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson, Jules Verne and Jane Yolen.
Suspend your beliefs, accept the mind-boggling premise and let your eyes convince your mind as you drool over James Gurney's exquisite pictures. This is for reading in company, for snuggling around a pool of light when all the day's chores are done, your home is warm, your critters fed and you all want to go on an adventure of the mind.
Imagine, you're in a library, it's closing time and you're in a hurry to leave, when your eyes catch sight of an old, well-worn volume that's humming at you to be taken home and so you do.
Take a shipwreck, Ah, who doesn't like a shipwreck; what possibilities open up with a fresh new day, all possessions lost, a slate wiped clean? Meet two such survivors, tossed upon a shore. And their trek away from the hot beach sun into the cool jungle and the noises therein.
Ooh! I love a good jungle with noises, dappled sunshine and plants with long names and ponderous leaves. And imagine meeting a dinosaur and then being surrounded by a herd of its parents. The pictures are breathtaking. You have got to see them!
Wait until you get your first glimpse of the fabled Waterfall City or Skyhopping or Canyon City. They took my breath away and my mind soared anew. There is a biblical breadth, a grand sense of time and place, to this tome.
Rarely have I read a more detailed, a more exacting recreation of a place limited only by imagination. Gave me goosebumps and so much to think about; to ponder. By my criteria of a good read, this is a Top-notch, all-round, world-class one. One to be kept and cherished; to be read with each new generation to come to your home and share your dreams. Do check out my site for my full review and many other children's books.