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Pomelo's big adventure
Badescu, Ramona.
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Uniform Title:
Pomelo et la grande aventure. English
Publication Information:
New York : Enchanted Lion Books, 2014.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 30 cm
"Here Pomelo leaves his garden for the first time and goes on an adventure into the wide world. He meets up with many obstacles, learns to feel safe on his own, and makes his first real friend"--
General Note:
Originally published in French by Albin Michel Jeunesse in 2012 under title: Pomelo et la grande aventure.
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J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Large, lovely pages of cactuses, canyons, and the open road: this isn't just a panorama but a true Pomelorama-adventure!

Author Notes

Ramona Badescu: Ramona Badescu was born in 1980 in southern Romania.She arrived in France at the age of 11 and started to write for children ten years later. She lives in the wonderfully diverse French city of Marseille.

Benjamin Chaud: Benjamin Chaud lives and works in Paris. He has illustrated an impressive number of picture books and has written at least one as well.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Pomelo the elephant's fourth outing is perhaps the most traditional of any of his books, but, rest assured, it's every bit as eccentric as its predecessors. Ready to see new places, Pomelo packs a knapsack and sets forth, eventually trading in for a windup car and meeting a large elephant he dubs Papamelo and a strange starfish-like creature. Badescu conveys the nervousness and anxiety that can come with traveling solo, and tiny, pink Pomelo remains a quirky, comic hero. Some of the more cerebral and adult observations, though ("We take many risks in life, of course, but Pomelo seems to have plunged into a world ruled by chance"), may zoom past young readers. Ages 4-8. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Badescu's pink pachyderm sets off on an adventure after his dandelion becomes bare. He packs his bag with both useful and silly things and tosses a rock with an attached ribbon to decide his direction. He treks through the desert, gets swindled by a con artist, and shares a sausage with his father in the forest. Pomelo then builds a boat and sails until he reaches land. There he makes friends with a starfish. The story has a type of absurdist surrealism that requires reading between the lines, and it might be completely lost on children. Originally written in French, it seems there is something lost in translation. Children will be quick to zero in on the fact that elephants don't have "paws" and that the illustrated sky is white while the text says it's "blue through and through." However, the artwork is enchanting and eccentric, mimicking the story line. For libraries in which Pomelo is popular, a purchase is recommended. For children not familiar with the little elephant's idiosyncratic tales, it may be best to pass.-Emily E. Lazio, The Smithtown Special Library District, NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.