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Book
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Edition:
Board book edition.
Publisher, Date:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2013, ©2011.
Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations. ; 18 cm
Summary:
Jack, Zack, and Caspar build a castle fort, then spend a day fighting dragons and beasts, but at day's end giants carry away first Sir Zack, then Caspar, and King Jack is left to face night creatures alone.
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Cover title.
On board pages.
ISBN:
9780803739871
0803739877
Other Number:
829451551
System Availability:
3
Current Holds:
0
# Local items:
3
Control Number:
307869
Call Number:
EBB BENTLY
Course Reserves:
0
# Local items in:
2
# System items in:
2
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Author Biography

Peter Bently is the author of several children’s books published in the UK. His book, The Great Dog Bottom Swap, was shortlisted for the The Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Born in 1960, Peter lives in Devon, England with his wife and their two children.

Helen Oxenbury, the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Ten Fingers, Ten Little Toes and We're Going on a Bear Hunt, is a three-time winner of both the Kate Greenway Award and Smarties Prize. She lives with her husband, the illustrator John Burningham, in North London, England.
- (Penguin Putnam)

Peter Bently is the author of several children’s books published in the UK. His book, The Great Dog Bottom Swap, was shortlisted for the The Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Born in 1960, Peter lives in Devon, England with his wife and their two children.

Helen Oxenbury, the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Ten Fingers, Ten Little Toes and We're Going on a Bear Hunt, is a three-time winner of both the Kate Greenway Award and Smarties Prize. She lives with her husband, the illustrator John Burningham, in North London, England. - (Random House, Inc.)

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Booklist Reviews

Three boys in various stages of diaperdom build a cardboard castle in the back garden and fight dragons and beasts until suppertime in this picture-book adventure from award-winning British creators. With just a few words per page, the rhyming text is printed in typefaces that vary in size and boldness, underscoring the mounting drama, while Oxenbury's alternating full-color watercolors and sepia sketches juxtapose the boys' imaginings with their real-world context. Enormous dragons and fantastical creatures retreat when the boys attack with wooden swords and sticks, but the young heroes are no match for their "giant" parents, who come to retrieve them, one by one, at day's end. The rhyming verse, large trim size, and detailed illustrations, filled with Oxenbury's usually fine sense of young children's body language and expressions, make this a suitable story for group sharing, while the sweet, intimate tone will make it a family favorite. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Publishers Weekly Reviews

Fort making is one of the great enterprises of childhood, but just in case the art has been lost to some, Bently (The Great Dog Bottom Swap) and Oxenbury (There's Going to Be a Baby) open their felicitous collaboration with what is essentially an illustrated instruction manual: "A big cardboard box,/ an old sheet and some sticks,/ a couple of trash bags,/ a few broken bricks,/ a fine royal throne/ from a ragged old quilt,/ a drawbridge, a flag—/ and the castle was built." Declaring himself king, Jack leads his friends Zack and Caspar in defending the fort against a menagerie of imaginary creatures. But when Jack's knights are carried off by giants (their parents), Jack finds that a solo defense of the fort is no picnic: "He wished he was anything else but a king." Bently's verse never misses a beat, and Oxenbury shifts between monochromatic, engraving-like drawings and pale watercolors; the images feel as if they were drawn from a classic fairy tale book and contemporary life simultaneously. It's an enchanting tribute to both full-throttle pretend play and the reassurance of a parent's embrace. Ages 3–5. (Aug.)

[Page ]. Copyright 2010 PWxyz LLC

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