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Another fantastic adventure from the bestselling authors of FERGUS CRANE, CORBY FLOOD and THE EDGE CHRONICLES
Chris Riddell (Author) Chris Riddell is an acclaimed artist of children's books and a political cartoonist for the Observer. Amongst other titles, Chris illustrates the Ottoline young fiction series and the Goth Girl series, as well as working closely with Paul Stewart on the Edge Chronicles and Wyrmeweald. He has won many awards for his work, including the Nestle Gold Award, the UNESCO Award for Something Else and the rare honour of two Kate Greenaway Medals.Paul Stewart (Author) Paul Stewart is a highly regarded author of books for young readers - everything from picture books to football stories, fantasy and horror. Together with Chris Riddell, he is co-creator of the bestselling Edge Chronicles series, which has sold over three million books and is now available in over thirty languages. They are also co-creators of the Far-Flung Adventure series, which includes Fergus Crane, Gold Smarties Prize Winner, Corby Flood and Hugo Pepper, Silver Nestle Prize Winners, and the Barnaby Grimes Series.
Gr 3-5-In this third entry in the series, Harvi and Sarvi Runter-Tun-Tun, reindeer herders and cheese makers par excellence, discover a baby on the doorstep of their cabin in the Frozen North. When the child, Hugo Pepper, is 10, he discovers a sled, a gentleman's boot, and a lady's glove-all that remain from his parents, who have been devoured by polar bears. He takes off in an Aeronautical Snow Chariot to find out about his past and lands in Firefly Square. Rescued by a couple of eccentric mermaids, Hugo joins forces with the good people there to rid the town of evil Elliot de Mille, who has taken over the Firefly Quarterly to blackmail the citizenry and spread lies and gossip. The action is nonstop, with a wacky cast portrayed in cleverly detailed, spirited illustrations of various sizes, some in silhouette. Inventive touches include a moth-eating dog that lives in a carpet shop and cloud sheep so small and light that their shepherd carries a net to keep them from falling off the mountains. Their wool is used to produce magical flying carpets. The dizzying array of characters propels the story forward at a manic pace. This is just the kind of tongue-in-cheek humor to tickle the funny bones of Lemony Snicket and Philip Aardagh fans, and it is sure to delight readers of Stewart and Riddell's earlier books.-Quinby Frank, Green Acres School, Rockville, MD Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Favorite series and characters come to the fore this spring. In the third Far-Flung Adventure by Edge Chronicles creators Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, Hugo Pepper joins the ranks of Fergus Crane (which PW called "part Dickensian comedy, part pirate adventure" in a starred review) and Corby Flood. When Hugo, the young orphan hero raised by reindeer herders, takes his birth parents' sled and points his "Compass of the Heart" homeward, he winds up rescuing his mermaid godmothers among others. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell share one of the most dynamic author-illustrator partnerships in children's literature today. The fruits of this truly collaborative process shimmer, shine and truly stand-out from the crowded book shelves in shops, libraries, schools and homes . . . The gentlemen are on fine flying form here, prompting the request, Please Sirs, we want some more . . ." * Achuka * "Without a doubt this book will absolutely charm young readers who have a fondness for stories with lots of layers . . . Quirky, utterly delightful and captivating" -- Marya Jansen-Gruber * Through the Looking Glass * "A wildly inventive tale" * The Children's Bookseller *