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Skyfish nibble umbrella trees, pointy birds steal scarves to line their pointy nests, and dinner is served before lunch. It's an absurd world. Young children will be enchanted by this entertaining story of dragon hunts and hairy wardrobe monsters....

Title : The Emperor of Absurdia
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ISBN : 9781405050616
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 25 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Emperor of Absurdia Reviews

  • Sam Bloom
    2019-05-17 07:24

    Chris Riddell has a really cool style as an artist; ultra-expressive characters, very cartoonish, a flair for the bizarre. And we're talking REALLY bizarre. His novel "Ottoline and the Yellow Cat" was one of the weirdest books for kids I read last year. "Emperor of Absurdia" has some really cool imagery; the Wardrobe Monster looks vaguely like the Yeti, sky fish float in the air near the umbrella trees, and lunch consists of an egg that cracks open to reveal... a baby dragon. At the end we realize that it was all a dream and that the strange creatures from Absurdia are stuffed animals and other assorted debris spread across the "Emperor's" room.

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-04-26 06:26

    Completely bizarre, just like some dreams. This book was a lot of fun. I especially liked the page that shows the “Emperor” leaving the cave with the big and baby dragons following and the text on the last page with text. Very funny! I simultaneously liked and disliked the illustrations; I finally came down on the side of feeling positively about them because they certainly fit the story well.I do think that I’ve seen the whole dream thing done better but I’m not remembering in which specific books.

  • Jen Pierce
    2019-05-24 05:19

    I love Riddell's work and imagination so very much. The story is a simple one, about a small child's dream adventures through a Seussian world. Moments that could be scary aren't really, because the art is so completely charming.

  • Heydi Smith
    2019-05-17 09:28

    A fantastic helping of imagination and creative apparel. This story is sure to keep little ones' attention and be asked for repeatedly. Would pair well with New Socks by Bob Shea, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown and Little Owl's Orange Scarf by Tatyana Feeney.

  • Kelli
    2019-05-22 10:31

    Love the illustrations!

  • Christina
    2019-04-26 05:23

    Nice illustrations, but the story seemed so focused on creating an allegory of a toddler’s everyday life that the plot felt a bit too rambling.

  • NS- Sarah
    2019-05-16 11:07

    In this book I learned to like fantasy stories. I am really starting to understand why children like these book so much. They are just so imaginative! I especially enjoyed the illustrations and structure of this story. It was kind of chaotic but also engaging at the same time. The story takes you through some of the young emperor's, who is just a boy, adventures. There are enough events to keep the reader interested and even surprised. I also enjoyed some of the descriptions that this book presents such as: pillow hills, snuggly scarf, bouncy mountains, and jingle-jangle socks. This is a very endearing book.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-29 12:21

    I read this one to Madam as her going to sleep book and we both loved it though we couldn't decide which was the dream and which was the awake--led to quite a longish discussion and then the illustrations had to be discussed in detail as they have quite a bit of details themselves. (No, this was not a stalling tactic; this was just discussion. I do recognize the difference! ha ha)Lovely lovely book, though if you are trying to rush off to sleep, you may want to pick something else to read as this deserves much time and appreciation.

  • Alyn
    2019-05-19 08:34

    I really thought my son would like this book. He lost interest after the first two pages. He started paying attention again when the dragon appears but after a few questions he lost interest again. The book itself is a good book. I certainly enjoyed reading it just to see what happens next. I also like the illustration. Maybe it's just me but I feel that perhaps my son, who is 4, is still too young to understand what is going on in the book.

  • Jill
    2019-04-23 06:21

    Really really cute book. I loved the illustrations. The story was great. It reminds me of a cross between some of Dr. Seuss's books and Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are" in that there are really interesting creatures in this alternate world that the child is in. Umbrella trees and flying fish birds and cuddly wardrobe monsters. I think kids will love this story. I loved it, myself. Definitely recommended.

  • Kat
    2019-04-25 07:20

    Basic Plot: A small boy dreams.I love stories like this- where a small child takes the relatively mundane items around him and uses his imagination to turn them into something wonderful and special. The story as full of whimsy and was a lot of fun on its own, but then you add the illustrations and this book becomes something truly special. The details were intricate and the facial expressions priceless. I would happily seek out other books by this same team.

  • Shelli
    2019-05-21 11:17

    I loved everything about The Emperor of Absurdia, wish I could become an Absurdian citizen. The illustrations were remarkable and lovable; very much in the realm of Dr. Seuss. The narration was fast paced adventurous fun, making this a perfect picture book to share with your child or a group. Kids will want to read it again and again.

  • Kayla Christ
    2019-05-18 11:27

    This book took me a minute to fallow while I was reading it to my little munchkin, but he loved it(which is all that matters, right). The illustrations were neat, and it was a fun read, just not one of my favorites personally haha.

  • KidsFiction Teton County Library
    2019-05-14 12:08

    Teton County Library Call No: J Picture Riddell CKay's Rating: 5 starsThis author is well known for his Edge Chronicles collaboration, which is a great series to read. This book reminded me of the creativity of Dr. Seuss. The young Emperor has a delightful imaginative adventure.

  • Galadriel Johnson
    2019-04-24 10:26

    I just ADORE this book. The art is just bizare enough and the story just abstract enough to keep me interested. My 1 year old niece was very interested and really paid attention. This is the first Chriss Riddell book that I remember reading, and it will not be my last!

  • Dolly
    2019-05-18 09:30

    This is a wildly fantastic tale, highly reminiscent of Maurice Sendak's In the Night Kitchen. The colors are soothing and the illustrations are comical and alien, with a twist at the end that is both funny and ironic, which explains a lot.

  • Karen A.
    2019-05-03 09:18

    I love Chris Riddell's illustrations. In this book he marries the oddities of Suess with the darker tones of Maurice Sendak. Not altogether successfully. But still a nicely illustrated book with lots of imagination and children should relate to the theme of getting dressed.

  • Alice
    2019-05-07 09:37

    From the first page I could tell where this story was going. It had some Dr Seuss Pictorial elements . I was cute enough. I don't love the pictures and the story is good but not a high rated book in my view!

  • Jennie
    2019-05-05 11:20

    A little boy dreams of the land of Abusrdia, he is looking for his scarf, and ends up finding a dragon. He rides through the hills on his tricycle chair and sees a variety of absurd creatures. In the end he decides to look for his scarf another day. gr. K-3.

  • Kristen Gurri
    2019-05-11 04:20

    Author/Illustrator books are always my favorites. Riddell is fantastical yet warm with his prose and his drawings. I enjoyed the Ottoline series with Kate and wanted to read his other works. Well worth it. A sweet read aloud.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-19 08:16

    Absurd and full of imagination.

  • Fran
    2019-05-06 09:22

    I just love Chris Riddell.

  • Sofia Janeiro
    2019-05-17 10:34

    Historia em si nem é nada de especial, mas as ilustrações são 5 estrelas!!

  • Memory Toast
    2019-05-24 10:15

    As always, I enjoyed Chris Riddell's illustrations, and I think this might be a good bedtime story for a little one, but I was oping for something with a little more depth.

  • Molly
    2019-05-03 11:33

    I love books of pure imagination and dreams. A boy goes looking for his scarf through his dream world. Creative and beautiful but will only be right for a child who understand fantasy. Ages 5+

  • Michãel
    2019-04-29 07:13

    Just a beautiful, funky book. Our kids really loved it. We checked it out of the library so many times.

  • Lesley Looper
    2019-05-03 06:11

    Bizarre story that stretches the imagination, with fun, colorful illustrations.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-11 07:15

    I enjoyed this book! I thought it was really cute! It was just right for M to understand.

  • Emily
    2019-05-13 11:13

    Cute, quirky illustrations with lots of hidden things for the kids to spot and plays on words for the adults. Fun book.

  • LoriAnn Kocialski
    2019-05-15 05:32

    THe pictures are great, but I did not really like the story.