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diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Elves' Big Adventure (The)
by Daniela Drescher
Age Range: Under_5
Old Redcap the inventor elf is proud of his latest creation – a hot-air balloon. It even has special ropes for steering, but disaster strikes when a fox nibbles through them. Both Redcap and Bluecap, a young elf, grab the ropes, but they can’t stop the balloon rising into the sky taking them with it.
As darkness falls the balloon finally descends to the ground. When Redcap and Bluecap wake the next morning they find themselves in the land of the fairies, stuck on some rocks. Except that the rocks turn out to be a sleeping dragon! The elves’ adventure is only just beginning.
German author and illustrator Daniela Drescher’s delicate, intricate artwork, with its magical forest scenes, careful and accurate images of the birds and animals, together with the ethereal quality of the fantasy characters brings this tale alive. There is a magnificent full-page pull-out of the balloon ascending into the sky too.
The Elves' Big Adventure, translated from German into English, is one of a series by the same author, including: In the Land of Fairies, In the Land of Elves, In the Land of Merfolk, , Merlina and the Magic Spell and Little Fairy's Christmas