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Title:
The Baron all at sea : more adventures of Baron Munchausen
Author:
Mitchell, Adrian, 1932-2008.
Publication Information:
New York : Philomel Books, 1987.
Summary:
Baron Munchausen undertakes a perilous journey to aid a choir of 1000 Africans in returning home from a European concert.
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780399213878
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Baron Munchausen undertakes a perilous journey to aid a choir of 1000 Africans in returning home from a European concert.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5, younger for reading aloud. Warning those who dispute his story that he will challenge them to a duel (strategically set for February 31), Baron Munchausen sets about delivering the Choir of One Thousand to their home in Timbuktu for their birthday party on Tuesday. But on the way, naturally, many disasters, which are solved by the dashing, ingenious, and egotistical Baron, befall them. He plugs a leaky ship with his posterior, saves himself from a hungry wolf by turning it inside out like a glove, and borrows a fantastic chariot with a hotel on wheels to transport the choir. All of this ``truth,'' as known to the baron and imaginative author Mitchell, is delightfully pictured in Benson's beautiful paintings done underwater according to the title page. Like any tall tale, this witty story is only funny when the reader knows the truth (for example, that lobsters don't grow on trees), so this story is best shared aloud in order to fully relish the Baron's outrageous fables and frauds drolly retold here for children from the original literature for adults. BAH. Voyages and travels Fiction / Tall tales / Humorous stories [CIP] 86-30587


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-6 That Prince of Liars, Baron Munchausen, is back in another picture book account of his outrageous exploits. As Mitchell did in two previous excursions into Munchausiana, he has taken several elements from the original 18th-Century German/English tales, added connecting prevarications of his own, and skillfully woven a single bravura narrativea truly marvelous pack of lies. This time out, the Baron's heroic efforts in helping a choir of 1,000 Africans return to Timbuktu involve him in encounters with wild wolves and polar bears, a shipwreck, a fine steed of a seahorse, and a ``stone rainbow'' of a bridge reaching from Africa to England. Munchausen, of course, triumphs over every obstacle in best tall tale fashion. Mitchell has cleaned up the original stories without sanitizing them; plenty of action remains, and nothing feels sapped or bowdlerized. The straightforward short sentence style this Baron uses to tell his history makes a humorous contrast to the romantic hyperbole of its contents. His matter-of-fact account of the most far fetched feats and his braggart's asides are great fun, but it is the ink drawings that should send readers into Munchausen mania. Their cross-hatch technique frequently gives them an engraving-like period piece quality, nicely harking back to the stories' origins, but their delicate and vivid watercolors and clever compositon make them immediate and hilariously alive. Of the several Munchausen collections extant, Mitchell and Benson's titles are the most attractive and accessible to kids; this will be a title of choice for check-out and for reading aloud. Nancy Palmer, The Little School, Bellevue, Wash. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.