Monday, February 07, 2005

The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, The Bard

The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, The Bard by Gregory Rogers, Roaring Brook Press 2004

This book is absolutely brilliant! It is a wordless book that will pick you up, pull you in and carry you through the story. The boy kicks his soccer ball through the window of a boarded up old theater. After retrieving his ball he discovers a box of costumes which he tries on and tries out on the theater stage. Something happens and suddenly he is on the stage of a theater (the Globe?) and William Shakespeare is tripping on his soccer ball. The chase is on through old London. The boy liberates a bear from a cage, a baron from the Tower of London, and dances with Queen Elizabeth I on a barge on the Thames, all while being pursued by a cranky Shakespeare. The drawings are detailed and change perspective. One moment you are running through the streets of London with the boy and the next you have a view of him and the city from high above. When the story ended, I felt like I had dropped out of time too, quite a feat for a picture book.

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