But the other day I was surprised and delighted to find out that my oldest son liked it so much that he took it from our bookshelf and added it to his baby-to-be's bookshelf. Mike and Raina have already started a book collection for their new baby, and Nicobobinus made the cut!!
Author: Terry Jones
Illustrator: Michael Foreman
Publisher: Peter Bedrick Books (1986)
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Theme: Adventure, Fairytale, Dragons, Fantasy, Magic
Intended Audience: Ages 6 to 12
Synopsis (from Publishers Weekly): "Nicobobinus, a small boy in a Monty Pythonesque Venice, is capable of doing anything, or so his best friend Rosie thinks. Their adventures begin when Rosie decides to look for the Land of Dragons. Before they've even left Venice, Nico has had both feet and one hand turned into gold; then he is captured by pirates who want to cut off his golden limbs. Rosie rescues him, but more peculiar adventures are in store as the pirates turn out to be evil monks, and a mysterious ship takes them to the Sea of Mountains. Finally, in the City of Cries, Nico and Rosie discover the dragons that may hold the secret they seek."
Opening Lines: "This is the story of the most extraordinary child who ever stuck his tongue out at the Prime Minister. His name was Nicobobinus. He lived a long time ago, in a city called Venice, and he could do anything.
"Of course, not everybody knew he could do anything. In fact, only his best friend, Rosie, knew he could, and nobody took any notice of anything Rosie said, because she was always having wild ideas anyway.
"One day, for example, Rosie said to Nicobobinus: 'Let's pull up every single weed on your doorstop.'"
Why I Like This Book: Because it's fun, fun, fun and I have great memories of my little boys being totally enthralled by it. It's goofy, unbelievable, preposterous, but also magical. It moves along quickly, with one silly adventure after another, and my boys ate it up. They couldn't get enough!
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