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The Travels of Magnus Pole

By (author) Jonathan Wills
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Vintage Publishing, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Published: 16th Oct 1975
Dimensions: w 270mm h 210mm
Weight: 350g
Interest age: Under 6-8
Reading age: Under 6
ISBN-10: 070115070X
ISBN-13: 9780701150709
Barcode No: 9780701150709

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Deep colored (magic marker?) stylized waves and childlike figure drawings constitute a series of vibrant stills depicting the misadventures of Scottish farmer Magnus Pole who likes to fish and hates to make flour with the tedious, primitive knocking stone. Wills' deadpan narrative sets Magnus adrift in his fishing boat, has him revel with Norwegians, travel to Russia with Swedish sailors and then, with some traders on camels, to Tibet where he learns about a water wheel he can use for grinding his flour. Thus Magnus ends up home, still in his Viking helmet, with the idea that will replace his hated grinding stone. Unfortunately the prose and illustration styles of this clever little travelogue/spoof fight against each other; the overstimulating pictures set up expectations that are unsatisfied by the flat, unsensational text, and at the same time they lack the sustaining detail that the relatively lengthy facing paragraphs demand. (Kirkus Reviews)