The Amazing Adventures of Curd the Lion (and Us!) in the Land at the Back of Beyond

The Amazing Adventures of Curd the Lion (and Us!) in the Land at the Back of Beyond

By: Alan Gilliland (author), Alan Gilliland (illustrator)Hardback

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When the Great Raven steals their Mother's precious brooch, the Twins, Henry and Henrietta, are blamed and told that, unless the brooch is returned, their Birthday Party in four days' time will be cancelled and that their four Animals, Curd the Lion, Pilgrim Crow, Sweeney the Heenie (a hyena), and O'Flattery the Snake, will be given away to the Charity Shop.Curd the Lion, who witnessed the theft, leads the Animals out that night, all the way to the Back of Beyond, to find the Great Raven and try to rescue the brooch.Meeting first that unfathomable inflatable, Professor Balloonafuss, creatures they encounter include 'His Majesty King Much of a Muchness', Nook and Cranny, Queen Mumbie-Bumbee and the Dodongs.By the time they enter Holywood, with its Minor-Bore, knightly Sir Rush and his Kalandar, their route has become so riddled with pitfalls and the talk of the beasts so twisted, the Animals can hardly tell whether they are coming or going.Reaching at last the Rocks of Brimstone and the out-jutting Corbie-stone, lair of the Great Raven, the Animals discover both friends and foes converging on this pivotal rock. A great battle ensues. The author has included the first three chapters of a second adventure, 'The Ineffable Emperor, or, Travels in the Land of Nod in the Great Sea of Slumber', as an invitation to readers to ask for more. No illustrations (though there will be of course, in the real book)

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About Author

The author and illustrator, Alan Gilliland, left The Daily Telegraph, where as graphics editor for 18 years he received 19 national and international awards for information graphics, to write, illustrate and publish his own books while working as an illustrator and information graphic artist for other publishers, architects and developers. His clients, past and present, include the Penguin Group, Osprey, the Ivy Group, Aurum among publishers; Kit Martin, adviser to Prince Charles on historic buildings (Stoneleigh Abbey, Burley-on-the-Hill, Great Yarmouth Naval Hospital), Norwich Theatre Royal renovation and extension, John McAslan and Partners (energy centre for the London Olympics).Starting out as a film - then architecture - student, he worked as a news photo-journalist for eight years before transferring to graphics and illustration.


Ch 1: St. George and the Dragon. Ch 2: Curd's Crusade. Ch 3: Nightbears and Ballads. Ch 4: The Dark Side of the Moon. Ch 5: Morning Mists. Ch 6: In the Court of the Pie-Powder. Ch 7: King Ziggu's Mines. Ch 8: Escapades. Ch 9: The Flitting. Ch 10: Post Peculiar. Ch 11: Mumbie's Hospitality. Ch 12: Through Dawley Wood. Ch 13: Guests and Strangers. Ch 14: The Labyrinth. Ch 14 1/2: Pilgrim's Progress. Ch 15: Doubles and Duels. Ch 16: A Rough Ride. Ch 17: The Stone. Ch 18: The Setting. Afterward.Book II (a sampler). The Ineffable Emperor, or, Travels to the Land of Nod in the Great Sea of Slumber, and of all that happened there. Ch 1: Ill beginnings. Ch 2: As the Crow Flies. Ch 3: Fluff and Nonsense

Product Details

  • publication date: 20/10/2008
  • ISBN13: 9780955548611
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 176
  • ID: 9780955548611
  • ISBN10: 0955548616

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