A talking tiger is the only one who may be able to get a princess to speak in this beautiful picture book set in a mythic India by the Newbery Medal-winning and New York Times bestselling author of American Gods and Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman, and illustrated in bold colors by Divya Srinivasan.
This stunning picture book will transport readers to another time and place and will delight parents and children alike. "Full of Gaiman's wit and whimsy, this one is great for reading aloud (and looks pretty lovely on the shelf as well). Gorgeous, with lush illustrations by Divya Srinivasan" (Brightly.com).
Previously available only as an audio book, Cinnamon has never been published in print before, and Divya Srinivasan’s lush artwork brings Neil Gaiman’s text to life.
Praises & Awards
School Library Journal
“[An] enigmatic parable...[with] glowing artwork. Gaiman’s lyrical and distinctive fairy tale begs to be read aloud.”
Booklist (starred review)
“Previously available only on audio, this new publication is enhanced by Srinivasan’s glorious full-bleed double-spread artwork...A storytime winner.”
“This story balances the odd and the whimsical, the bizarre and the beautiful.”
School Library Journal
“An enigmatic parable with glowing artwork. Gaiman’s lyrical and distinctive fairy tale begs to be read aloud.”
Behind the Book
“We were young, and very poor. The rooms I was renting above a shop were in a building tall and spindly and old. The kitchen and lounge were on one floor, a bedroom and my office and a bathroom on the next, and, at the top of the house, there was a big attic bedroom, and a low, long room in which an adult could barely stand up straight and in which there was a crib and a playpen. My son, Michael, who was two years old, loved his tricycle more than anything, but there was nowhere to ride it in the house, not without him tumbling down the stairs, so I would carry him and his tricycle across the narrow lane to the grounds of the local church, and he would pedal around to his heart’s content, and I would sit and read a book in the sunshine, and watch him, and look at the grey gravestones, names half-erased by time, and marvel at how comfortable a child looks in a graveyard. That was where it started. I’ll call it The Graveyard Book, I thought. Like Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.”
Classroom Discussion Questions
1. Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean are frequent collaborators. How do McKean’s illustrations contribute to your reading of the story?
2. There is a rich tradition of orphans in children’s literature, as well as a tradition of child-of-destiny themes in fantasy literature. Discuss how Bod fits squarely into both categories.
Classroom Extension Activities
Epitaph Poems. Various dead characters in the novel are introduced with their epitaphs. An epitaph is the inscription found on a tombstone that summarizes and memorializes the deceased. An epitaph poem, therefore, is a very short (and often witty) poem about the deceased. Write epitaph poems for Bod, Silas, Jack, and Miss Lupescu, or for yourself, or for a friend.
On Sale: 02/05/2017
8.500 in (w) x 11.000 in (h)
List Price 21.99 CAD
BISAC1: JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
BISAC2: JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / General
BISAC3: JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Asia
BISAC4: JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations