PANDA AND THE BUSHFIRE by Michael Foreman

PANDA AND THE BUSHFIRE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Panda and the winged lion narrowly escape an Australian bush fire. An eminent, award-winning British illustrator, Foreman was apparently fascinated with the challenge of representing the fire, with its trees becoming torches; the billowing smoke, sparks; the effect of water, the twilight aftermath. From that point of view, his dramatic watercolors effectively evoke the experience and have considerable visual appeal. The story, however, is slight, no more than a basic escape-and-rescue incident; and the pictures of Panda and his friends trapped by fire could easily provoke nightmares in the too young or over-susceptible. Interesting, though, for the art, the artist, and the setting.

Pub Date: Dec. 22nd, 1986
Publisher: Prentice-Hall/Simon & Schuster