THE KING OF QUIZZICAL ISLAND by Gordon Snell and illustrated by David McKee (Candlewick Press 1978, 2009)

November 12, 2009 at 2:48 pm Leave a comment

kingThe beloved and inquisitive King of Quizzical Island decides, against all advice, to sail out to the edge of the world “and find… what I shall find.”  In a tumultuous adventure narrated in verse and nonsensical rhyme, the King discovers unimaginable lands and creatures and, sailing from place to place, makes it back to his castle, thus proving that the world is not flat but round.  His people cheer his amazing discovery, but only the Owl casts doubt on it.  Instead of rebuffing Owl’s doubt, the King then decides to seek further proof that the world is round by digging a hole that will come out at the other side of the world, thus setting off another adventure of discovery and questioning.   With humorous and whimsical black line drawings and minimal color, the illustrator captures the spirit of persistent curiosity that drives the King and encourages the reader to do the same.   This story celebrates the child’s natural imagination and inclination to ask questions that can lead to more questions.

Picture Book, ages 4-8.  Recommended- Amelia Carling (Pelham Public Library)

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