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Bartlett and the Ice Voyage Paperback – 22 May 2000
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The Queen is a very busy woman and rules over seven different kingdoms, some of which she has never even seen. Each kingdom is filled with its own exotic delights, and her loyal subjects constantly send her gifts from far and wide: monkeys, flamingos, giraffes, unusual furniture, chess sets, woven carpets, plants ... you name it, the Queen has it. But her real pleasure comes from tasting the fruits of her kingdoms--there is nothing she likes more than biting into a rich, sweet, delicious fruit that has come from over the seas. But there is one fruit she craves--the melidrop--which, until now, has been out of her reach because it rots on the long journey from the far-off country in which it grows.
Enter Bartlett--the intrepid, stubborn, inventive and irreverent explorer who makes a deal with the Queen. He will return with the elusive melidrop if she will fund his expedition to The Margoulis Caverns--the longest, deepest chain of caves ever found. And the race is on.
Bartlett and the Ice Voyage is a rip-roaring, fantastical, roller-coaster of an adventure story which fairly brims over with the kind of bombastic wit and rollicking suspense that captures the imagination of a young reader and leads them, laughing and breathless, through the pages, leaving them begging for more.
A fine example of good, old-fashioned storytelling at its very best, Bartlett and the Ice Voyage is a sure-fire winner for any child who really enjoys losing themselves between the pages of a book. (Age 10 and over) --Susan Harrison
About the Author
Odo Hirsch lives in London. Little is known about him! This is his first book for Bloomsbury. The sequel BARTLETT AND THE CITY OF FLAMES is also published in May.
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He gives her an honest assessmant -- this project probably will not succeed, and he will need some time. (He will also need inventiveness, perseverance, and desperation!) He tells her it may take 7 months! The queen agrees, and Bartlett leaves.
He finds the fruit, but can he get it to the Queen?
This is a wonderful story to draw up self-confidence and forthrightness in your child, particularly your son. There is no "bad guy" per se, apart from a few annoying people at court. Time is the antagonist. Time, and distance, and the warmth of the sun.
I'm a parent and a grown-up, and I enjoyed the story. I wish more fiction for boys could be written this way.
I liked this story because it had funny characters and twists and turns that really left you thinking. This imaginative tale will be cherished for a long, long time. It is a true masterpiece, and should be read by anyone and everyone who enjoys quirky tales with unusual but hilarious characters
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