The Ad­ven­tures of Ana­tole

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“The only works com­pa­ra­ble in pure ro­mance and hu­mor to the Ana­tole sto­ries are the in­ven­tions of Lewis Car­roll.” —Pub­lish­ers Weekly

Nancy Wil­lard Il­lus­trated by David McPhail Paper­back $12.99 • Also avail­able as an e-book On sale No­vem­ber 20th

Young Ana­tole has a knack for seek­ing and find­ing ad­ven­ture, of­ten with Plum­pet, his or­ange cat, who is ac­cus­tomed to ghost trains, am­ne­siac sol­diers, fly­ing horses, and wall­pa­per por­tals, just a few of the en­chant­ments en­coun­tered along the way.

From his per­ilous search for wild fen­nel to cure his grand­mother’s asthma, to his high-stakes game of check­ers to save his un­cle from a wizard’s evil spell, Ana­tole’s mis­sions will keep young read­ers turn­ing the pages of this om­nibus edi­tion of the New­bery Medal– win­ning au­thor Nancy Wil­lard’s tril­ogy of fan­tasy tales: Sail­ing to Cythera, The Is­land of the Grass King, and Un­cle Ter­ri­ble.

David McPhail’s pen-and-ink il­lus­tra­tions through­out are beau­ti­fully de­tailed en­gage­ments with Wil­lard’s world of make-be­lieve. Ana­tole may be small but he is de­ter­mined to right the wrongs he finds in each of the lands he en­ters. Whether kind­ness or evil will pre­vail is a mat­ter of sus­pense, but Ana­tole is al­ways on the side of the light.

“Nancy Wil­lard’s imag­i­na­tion— in verse or prose, for chil­dren or adults—builds cas­tles stranger than any mad King of Bavaria ever built. She imag­ines with a won­der­ful con­crete­ness. But also, she takes real lan­guage and by lit­eral-mind­ed­ness turns it into the struc­ture of dream.”

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