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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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Awards

A New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2002

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Memories are old hat, my friend; imagination is new shoes. Having lost your new shoes, what else is there to do but go and find them?

On an afternoon like any other, an artist's imagination disappears ? and never returns. His quest to recover it leads him to The Last Resort, a remote seaside hotel visited by some most remarkable guests. As he searches for his lost "inward eye" in this serene and mysterious place, he soon finds that he is not the only one looking for something. With rich and enchanting illustrations by renowned artist Roberto Innocenti and a captivating story by J. Patrick Lewis, The Last Resort is both a celebration of literature and an homage to the power of the imagination.

Review:

"Lewis's colorful and imaginative prose...will keep readers' attention, despite the meandering story line and occasionally affected tone....Innocenti's artwork consistently soars. His series of detailed, playful vignettes tweak perspective and brim with arch humor....This elegantly designed volume will be most appreciated by bibliophiles and aesthetes: the artwork is spectacular." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Review:

"[T]he combination of striking illustrations and highly allusive narrative makes the book read like an episode of Tintin as written by Umberto Eco. That said, I could easily see an imaginative child becoming obsessed with Innocenti's splendidly evocative and entertaining pictures....and the text is charming enough to make you forgive its obscurities." James Hynes, The New York Times

Review:

"[An] unusual but lyrical and imaginative tale....Each scene...is richly loaded with details adding to the emotional impact. While the words hold us on the page, the illustrations, realistically rendered yet fraught with intrigue, also command us to linger. A book truly worthy of the time needed to appreciate it." Children's Literature

Review:

"Roberto Innocenti and J. Patrick Lewis' Last Resort tells of an artist's imagination which abruptly disappears. His quest to recover it leads him to a remote seaside hotel where he finds other seekers. The illustrations are gorgeous and parents can help kids absorb the somewhat difficult theme." Midwest Book Review

Synopsis:

Ideal for both adults and children, this unusual tale introduces Innocenti the painter, the story's creator, who one day finds himself on a journey to the seaside spot The Last Resort. There, he meets a cast of unique characters who, like him, are all on the road to self-discovery. Illustrations.

Synopsis:

On an afternoon like any other, an artist's imagination disappears. His quest to recover it leads him to a remote seaside hotel visited by some remarkable guests. Illustrated by the masterful Roberto Innocenti, this book celebrates the wonders of the imagination.

About the Author

Illustrator Roberto Innocenti has won world-wide acclaim and numerous awards for his exquisitely detailed, renaissance type art. He has been lauded by The New York Times as one of the world's finest children's illustrators.

Author J. Patrick Lewis has written more than 35 books of poetry and fiction for children. His work has been recognized with a number of honors, including the Golden Kite Award.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781568461724
Author:
J. Patrick Lewis and Roberto Innocenti
Publisher:
Creative Editions
Illustrator:
Innocenti, Roberto
Author:
Innocenti, Roberto
Author:
Lewis, J. Patrick
Location:
Mankato, MN
Subject:
General
Subject:
Authors
Subject:
Artists
Subject:
Juvenile
Subject:
Characters in literature
Subject:
Artist's block.
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Imagination
Subject:
Characters and characteristics in literature
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Art/Architecture
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
154
Publication Date:
July 2002
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 1 up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
48
Dimensions:
12.24x8.98x.43 in. 1.22 lbs.
Age Level:
from 6 up to 8

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Product details 48 pages Creative Editions - English 9781568461724 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Lewis's colorful and imaginative prose...will keep readers' attention, despite the meandering story line and occasionally affected tone....Innocenti's artwork consistently soars. His series of detailed, playful vignettes tweak perspective and brim with arch humor....This elegantly designed volume will be most appreciated by bibliophiles and aesthetes: the artwork is spectacular."
"Review" by , "[T]he combination of striking illustrations and highly allusive narrative makes the book read like an episode of Tintin as written by Umberto Eco. That said, I could easily see an imaginative child becoming obsessed with Innocenti's splendidly evocative and entertaining pictures....and the text is charming enough to make you forgive its obscurities."
"Review" by , "[An] unusual but lyrical and imaginative tale....Each scene...is richly loaded with details adding to the emotional impact. While the words hold us on the page, the illustrations, realistically rendered yet fraught with intrigue, also command us to linger. A book truly worthy of the time needed to appreciate it."
"Review" by , "Roberto Innocenti and J. Patrick Lewis' Last Resort tells of an artist's imagination which abruptly disappears. His quest to recover it leads him to a remote seaside hotel where he finds other seekers. The illustrations are gorgeous and parents can help kids absorb the somewhat difficult theme."
"Synopsis" by , Ideal for both adults and children, this unusual tale introduces Innocenti the painter, the story's creator, who one day finds himself on a journey to the seaside spot The Last Resort. There, he meets a cast of unique characters who, like him, are all on the road to self-discovery. Illustrations.
"Synopsis" by , On an afternoon like any other, an artist's imagination disappears. His quest to recover it leads him to a remote seaside hotel visited by some remarkable guests. Illustrated by the masterful Roberto Innocenti, this book celebrates the wonders of the imagination.
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