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The Sword in the Stove - by Frank W Dormer (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 40

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Sub-Genre: General

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Age Range: 4-8 years

Author: Frank W Dormer

Language: English

TCIN: 50813255
UPC: 9781481431675
Item Number (DPCI): 248-11-8888

Description

* Two chefs solve one big mystery (albeit too late!) in this humorous spoof on the knight-and-dragon tale. It's mealtime, but where is Harold? Two cooks wonder about their knightly friend--but readers are in the know. He was last seen racing across the title page, searching for the loo. So onward the pair go until: Holy haddock!There's a sword in the stove. Who could've put it there? Pirates? The absurdity builds (and so do the laughs) as the oven yields additional items. The pumpkin-headed chefs, like a classic comedy duo, play off each other, channeling Laurel and Hardy in both physique and demeanor; the author juxtaposes their differences to maximum effect. When the two agree the sword is Harold's and his fate a dire one, a fiery whoosh interrupts the question of who would do such a thing. A hungry (and adorable-looking) dragon ready for dessert, that's who! Young readers need not fear, as the last page reveals the chefs and Harold still alive, with a giggle-inducing punch line. Dormer's illustrations fuel the text with their spontaneity and engaging compositions.His primitive watercolor shapes, expressive pencil marks, and clever use of a limited, warm palette reveal a sophisticated control of the medium. Through both text and art, he offers something for everyone (pirates! Vikings!inventive expletives! silliness!). Brilliantly designed down to a typeface that alludes to the story's legendary associations, this book establishes itself as thoroughly modern. A joyful, silly tale for the adventurer, boy or girl, young or old: medieval mayhem at its best.-- "Kirkus Reviews, March 2016, *STARRED REVIEW*"
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