A story about friendship, the environment and good citizenship from the brilliant Adria Meserve.
Napoleon is a small brown dog with very big ideas. One day, he lands on a beautiful paradise island. Crab, Bunny and Bear can’t wait to share their island home with their new friend. They are generous and kind and welcoming. But Napoleon has big visions for his future — he destroys the island to build himself a fortress, eats all their food, and bosses them about. Soon, “King” Napoleon finds himself alone and must think hard about the meaning of community and sharing before he can be considered a friend again.
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Adria Meserve is an exciting new talent in picture books. She was acclaimed as a "great new talent" when her first book, Smog the City Dog was published. Adria gained a BA in History of Art from The Courtauld Institute of Art in London and went on to qualify as a teacher at Brighton University. She has also completed an MA in Illustration at Brighton University. As well as writing and illustrating picture books, she teaches art in North London. No Room for Napoleon is Adria's third picture book.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 3 The author of Smog the City Dog (Chronicle, 2002) introduces readers to another canine protagonist on the receiving end of a life lesson. Napoleon, a seafaring pup, discovers a tropical paradise. When he lands on shore, he meets Bear, Crab, and Bunny, who welcome him with a special dinner and offer to help him build a home. Napoleon, who has big plans for his abode, takes advantage of his new friends' hospitality, barking orders and bossing them around. Before long, the self-crowned King and his enormous residence overtake the tiny island. Fed up with the dog's selfishness, the other animals decide to find another haven. Napoleon discovers that being alone isn't fun and persuades them to return by repairing the damage done to the isle and demonstrating his ability to cooperate. The cartoon artwork reflects the island's ecology; when everything is in balance, the dominant colors are verdant greens, but after Napoleon destroys it, gloomy dark clouds rain on his gray, imposing dwelling. The characters are expressive and interesting. Children will recognize the dog's mistakes and empathize with the other animals. In the appropriate ending, a seafaring cat sets her sights on the now-restored paradise, pointing out that ecological conservation is an ongoing challenge. Teachers will find this non-didactic approach to the themes of respect for the environment and for others an enjoyable vehicle to encourage discussion. Carol L. MacKay, Forestburg School Library, Alberta, Canada
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Book Description Red Fox, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0099451530