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With his homeland destroyed, Wirral the squirrel vows to find Animalia where all the animals live in freedom and without fear. Aided by a hot-air-ballooning frog, a red squirrel, and a streetwise rat, Wirral's quest turns into a plan to save all enslaved animals in this "urban furry tail" by rock legend McCartney. Full color.

Review:

"Marking McCartney's children's book debut, this playfully meandering tale in which good triumphs over evil was inspired by Tropical Island Hum (2004), an animated film on which the singer/songwriter and Dunbar, the animator, collaborated. McCartney here teams up with Ardagh (the Eddie Dickens trilogy) to create a fanciful, conversational narrative starring Wirral the squirrel, whose mother is a storyteller. Wirral's favorites of his mother's stories are set in Animalia, a tropical island where creatures live 'without a care in the world.' Bulldozers soon destroy idyllic Woodland, and Wirral's mother is crushed by a felled tree. Her final words to Wirral are to seek Animalia, sending him on a classic quest. In grimy Megatropolis, Wirral finds Gretsch, the 'hairless ape' responsible for the Woodland's demise. When the hero learns of Gretsch's plan to obliterate Animalia, he sails off with his pal Froggo in the amphibian's hot-air balloon to find the island and warn its residents. Some adult asides are thrown in for good measure (citydweller Ratsy introduces himself saying, 'You may have heard of my dad, Papa Ratsy?... The photographer?'), and some youngsters may be troubled by a few oversimplifications (are all humans bad, since Gretsch, a human, wishes to destroy nature?) and dangling questions (why does Froggo have a wooden leg? why do the Animalia inhabitants trust Gretsch with the care of their young at book's end?). But many will enjoy the happy ending as well as Dunbar's electric-hued energy-charged cartoon art with its 3-D quality and cast of eccentric animal characters sporting outlandish outfits and exaggerated facial expressions. 500,000 first printing. All ages. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780525477334
Publisher:
Dutton Juvenile
Subject:
Animals - Frogs & Toads
Author:
Dunbar, Geoff
Author:
McCartney, Paul
Author:
Ardagh, Philip
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Adventure and adventurers
Subject:
Animals - Squirrels
Subject:
Children s All Ages - Fiction - General
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20051004
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 1 up to 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
10.00x8.26x.53 in. 1.09 lbs.
Age Level:
03-UP

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Marking McCartney's children's book debut, this playfully meandering tale in which good triumphs over evil was inspired by Tropical Island Hum (2004), an animated film on which the singer/songwriter and Dunbar, the animator, collaborated. McCartney here teams up with Ardagh (the Eddie Dickens trilogy) to create a fanciful, conversational narrative starring Wirral the squirrel, whose mother is a storyteller. Wirral's favorites of his mother's stories are set in Animalia, a tropical island where creatures live 'without a care in the world.' Bulldozers soon destroy idyllic Woodland, and Wirral's mother is crushed by a felled tree. Her final words to Wirral are to seek Animalia, sending him on a classic quest. In grimy Megatropolis, Wirral finds Gretsch, the 'hairless ape' responsible for the Woodland's demise. When the hero learns of Gretsch's plan to obliterate Animalia, he sails off with his pal Froggo in the amphibian's hot-air balloon to find the island and warn its residents. Some adult asides are thrown in for good measure (citydweller Ratsy introduces himself saying, 'You may have heard of my dad, Papa Ratsy?... The photographer?'), and some youngsters may be troubled by a few oversimplifications (are all humans bad, since Gretsch, a human, wishes to destroy nature?) and dangling questions (why does Froggo have a wooden leg? why do the Animalia inhabitants trust Gretsch with the care of their young at book's end?). But many will enjoy the happy ending as well as Dunbar's electric-hued energy-charged cartoon art with its 3-D quality and cast of eccentric animal characters sporting outlandish outfits and exaggerated facial expressions. 500,000 first printing. All ages. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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