MISS FANSHAWE AND THE GREAT DRAGON ADVENTURE by Sue Scullard

MISS FANSHAWE AND THE GREAT DRAGON ADVENTURE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Intrepid young Miss Fanshawe, renowned Victorian explorer, captures a dragon on a mountaintop in Patagonia; when the dragon is displayed at the Tower of London, an evil bird steals the dragon's egg and carries it off to a fantastic volcano. Miss Fanshawe, following by balloon, retrieves the newly hatched dragon and returns in triumph. Illustrated with almost microscopic detail, the broad double spreads are to be held at various angles as directed by Fanshawe's parrot. With the descent into the crater, they are filled with real and imaginary flora, fauna and underground scenes including a temple and a city. A perforation representing the crater's mouth--or depths--combined with vertical designs allows unusual points of view, as if looking straight up or down. The evil, pterodactyl-like fowl and the dramatic settings should fascinate dungeon and dragon freaks as well as younger children. With its slight, if feminist, plot, this is of interest chiefly for its imaginative illustrations. Though not great art, they are creative and skillfully executed, and are sure to entrance all dragon buffs.

Pub Date: April 6th, 1987
Publisher: St. Martin's