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Megalopolis: And the Visitor from Outer Space
Contributor(s): Dieudonne, Clea (Author)

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ISBN: 0500650691     ISBN-13: 9780500650691
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
OUR PRICE: $21.21  

Binding Type: Hardcover
Published: May 2016

Annotation: In a story told in a series of accordion-folded pages, an extraterrestrial lands in the city of Megalopolis, is welcomed by the inhabitants, and continues exploring farther and farther underground.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
- Juvenile Fiction | Science Fiction - General
- Juvenile Fiction | Lifestyles - City & Town Life
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2015953121
Age Level: 6-8
Grade Level: 1-3
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 9.5" W x 16" (1.53 lbs) 38 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Dieudonne, Clea: - Cléa Dieudonné is an illustrator. She lives in Berlin.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2016 February #5)

Debut French illustrator Dieudonné introduces Megalopolis, a palatial city revealed through panoramic pages that unfold downward to create a single scene more than 10 ft. tall. The arrival of a reptilian alien visitor in a spaceship inspires joyful celebration: a parade winds past the dormant volcano in the center of town, the alien converses with animals at the zoo, and he is named the city's extraterrestrial ambassador. After being "overpowered by a praline" at a tea party, however, the visitor is mistaken for dead and set out on a funeral raft—only to be revived by a mermaid, who he eventually marries. It's an irreverent and matter-of-factly told story (it ends with the mermaid and alien visiting a giant beast far beneath the city) that's perhaps just as satisfying to mount on the wall, tapestry-style, as it is to "read" in a traditional sense. Ages 5–up. (May)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 May)

K-Gr 4—Rarely do books reach the height of Dieudonné's, which measures 10 feet long when fully extended. When a visitor from another galaxy comes to the magnificent Megalopolis, his arrival rouses the curiosity and delight of the city. A holiday is announced, a grand party arranged, and a parade, with the extraterrestrial at the lead, winds its way through the city while a band plays, fireworks explode, and games of hide-and-seek ensue. It's a joyous day, until the alien is "overpowered by a praline" and assumed dead by the citizens of Megalopolis. He isn't, of course, and an encounter with a mermaid, a marriage at the registry office, and a honeymoon under the sea bring readers to the cheery finale. Don't even attempt to read this book in a chair. Set it on the floor and watch as the story reveals itself in a vertical fashion. The matte art is fabulous, with each detailed, colorful scene unfolding along with the text. Kids will want to pore over the pictures, which feature layers of staircases and bridges, winding roads and rivers, and city streets and ocean depths. While the format may be tricky for children to handle, the story and the art are guaranteed to charm them. VERDICT While not all collections will want to circulate this item, along with pop-up books, Megalopolis is the perfect choice for inexpensive programming around special books.—Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal

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