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- Listening Length: 8 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 9 Sept. 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SPX462
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Emperor of Absurdia Audiobook – Unabridged
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It evokes a topsy-turvy fantasy world where Alice in Wonderland absurdity meets Dr. Zeuss-like strange-but-cuddly creatures. The whole thing springs to life through the beautifully detailed illustrations, the style of which will be familiar to Observer readers as Chris Riddell is the political cartoonist there. The text is both imaginative and well crafted for its target age-group, with a rhythm that Alice loves and just enough repetition to indulge her lust for anticipating the next line. "...into the arms of the wardrobe monster" is now a stock phrase in our house.
The ending has a nice little twist which will put a smile on the face of the adult storytellers, although it's a bit subtle for Alice just yet. I look forward to the day when she 'discovers' it, but in the meantime there is plenty here for her to enjoy.
Childrens' tastes are notoriously fickle (as well they should be) but she just keeps asking for this book and it is now one of the most requested ever bedtime reads.
Very warmly recommended.
The emperor has a great time chasing a little dragon through the extremes of Absurdia into a deep dark cave - and then a giant dragon emerges. My children smile at 'Help! An emperor hunt!' as the Emperor does a quick about turn, fortunately reaching safety.
Back in bed the Emperor sinks into weird dreams... and the reader is brought back to reality, seeing a small boy in his bed room surrounded by toys etc that look exceptionally like the characters of Absurdia. The idea of using characters from a child's room to populate a wonderful other world is not original but this book is beautifully done from beginning to end with a fast adventure story, friendly monsters and lovely vocabulary, and a good twist at the end. A winner.
If you like the style of this then try `Something Else' by the same illustrator or Mick Inkpen's Blue Nose Island series.
The book is beautifully illustrated with an interesting and thought provoking storyline. It really was a joy to read to a child, and unlike a lot of childrens' books I didn't get bored of it either.
The CD is good. Well read with some nice sound effects and has been a firm favourite in the car.
The Emperor of Absurdia would make a great present for a three year old and I'll probably buy it again as a gift.
We love it so much we never get tired of it & I've decided to buy it for myself and for a friend too. The kids ask for the cd so they can follow the story in the book :o)
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My son still reads it now 2 years on from purchase.
Thoroughly enjoyed it.