FULL MOON SOUP by Alastair Graham

FULL MOON SOUP

or The Fall of the Hotel Splendide
by & illustrated by
Age Range: 5 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 For Waldo fans, another oversize wordless book to pore over. Seen in a cross-section of a country hotel from crowded attic to crypt under the kitchen stairs, the Splendide houses more than a score of players, amusingly summarized in ``before'' and ``after'' endpapers. As the action begins, all is normal--guests are arriving as the staff bustles about--including the cook, tasting his chartreuse soup. Suddenly, he goes berserk and becomes a werewolf, while all over the building other things also go madly awry: a robber lets out a vampire, ghosts appear in the attic, portraits misbehave, a lover tries to jump from a balcony. Meanwhile, a spaceship gets ever closer until it collides with the hotel, which now also becomes the site of a flood, an explosion, and various invasions (e.g., Vikings, Romans, Arabs, a surfing Eskimo, sheep) in the course of its spectacular demise. Tall-tale metaphor for Britain? Anyway, an imaginative riot that should provide hours of entertainment. (Picture book. 5+)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-8037-1045-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 1991




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