KUBLA KHAN by Kathleen Krull
Kirkus Star

KUBLA KHAN

The Emperor of Everything
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 5 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

The Emperor of Everything, indeed! Droll writing and detailed, almost encyclopedic, pen-and-watercolor illustrations make a perfect marriage for young readers trying to apprehend the totality of Kubla Khan’s personality, history and accomplishments. The vivid description of Kubla’s life as the grandson of Genghis Khan, the son of a watchful, hovering, ambitious mother, the husband of four wives and “countless” concubines and the father of 100 children is one that will impress even the most disaffected modern child. Krull's narration is typically earthy: "All the accounts of the time described Kubla's mother as a woman nobody messed with." The beauty of this story is in the details: thirsty riders cutting into the skin of their ponies to drink a little blood; Kubla sitting with his tame lion at his feet, on a throne covered with the skins of white horses; the postal system that would put the Pony Express to shame. On every spread, Byrd's illustrations invite readers to slow down and pore over every inch. This account is like Kubla Khan himself—amazing. (author’s and illustrator’s notes, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-12)

 

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-670-01114-8
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Viking
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2010




2010 BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKS: THE COMPLETE LIST:

ChildrenTHE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA by Tom Angleberger
by Tom Angleberger
ChildrenARROZ CON LECHE / RICE PUDDING by Jorge Argueta
by Jorge Argueta
ChildrenMIRROR by Jeannie Baker
by Jeannie Baker

MORE BY KATHLEEN KRULL

ChildrenSACAJAWEA by Kathleen Krull
by Kathleen Krull
ChildrenLIVES OF THE EXPLORERS by Kathleen Krull
by Kathleen Krull
ChildrenWHAT'S NEW? THE ZOO! by Kathleen Krull
by Kathleen Krull

MORE BY ROBERT BYRD

ChildrenAFRICA IS MY HOME by Monica Edinger
by Monica Edinger
ChildrenELECTRIC BEN by Robert Byrd
by Robert Byrd
ChildrenBARBARIANS!  by Steven Kroll
by Steven Kroll
ChildrenGOOD MASTERS! SWEET LADIES! by Laura Amy Schlitz
by Laura Amy Schlitz

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenBARBARIANS!  by Steven Kroll
by Steven Kroll
ChildrenFOLLOW THE DREAM by Peter Sís
by Peter Sís
FictionCONQUEROR by Conn Iggulden
by Conn Iggulden