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The emperor's ostrich

by Berry, Julie, 1974-

Format: Book on CD 2017
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Magic and mayhem abound in this fantasy adventure from the author of The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place .

Young dairymaid Begonia has lost her cow Alfalfa. So she has set off on a search across the countryside even though she has nothing but a magical map to guide her. Along the way she meets a mother and baby, a woodcutter, a very dirty young man, and an eight-foot ostrich.

Meanwhile, the emperor has gone missing from the royal palace in a most mysterious manner. Was it murder? Was it magic? It will take all of Begonia's wits to save the empire and get Alfalfa home safely.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* In a land akin to ancient China, the emperor has mysteriously vanished, sending the palace into a panic. Elsewhere in the empire, a dairymaid by the name of Begonia is in pursuit of Alfalfa, a wayward cow that is proving bewilderingly elusive. As Begonia travels through town and beyond, she encounters a number of curious individuals a mapmaker, a mustard maker, a woodcutter, the Seller of Many Things, and a young mother all of whom offer the maid advice or a gift that aids in her journey. To her annoyance, Begonia also gains an enthusiastic companion named Key, who possesses a knight-errant quality and has deemed Begonia a damsel in distress (she's not) in need of help. Catching sight of Alfalfa in the moonlit woods, the pair hurries toward her, only to come face-to-face with a fiercely protective ostrich and its sniveling owner. Their fates now entwined, the odd threesome is soon pitted against unforeseen dangers. Berry (The Passion of Dolssa, 2016) works a kind of magic with this enchanting adventure, orchestrating individual characters' stories into a seamlessly unified narrative. Spiritual traditions charmingly influence the plot's action, which is defined by character growth, collusion, whimsy, and a quest that turns out to be much greater than the recovery of a cow.--Smith, Julia Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Berry (The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place) creates a lively, magic-laced folktale featuring a self-centered emperor, a dairymaid, a farmer boy with grand romantic ideals, and two very stubborn animals. It begins when two ancestral spirits decide to teach the 21-year-old bully of an emperor a lesson, kidnapping him and leaving him on the road with no companion except an eight-foot-tall ostrich. In a nearby village, Begonia is searching for her wandering cow when she runs into Key, who has left home to seek his fortune. Believing Begonia is a damsel in distress, Key insists on being her escort, and they soon cross paths with the unrecognizably bedraggled emperor. Disastrous predicaments ensue, and the travelers find themselves on a mission to save the empire, which has been usurped by a scoundrel who makes the original emperor "look like a saint." Whimsical details, including an enchanted map and a pot of mustard that changes flavor, will delight readers, and the nonstop action will keep them on the edge of their seats. Ages 9-12. Agent: Alyssa Eisner Henkin, Trident Media Group. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Cows -- Juvenile fiction.
Emperors -- Juvenile fiction.
Magic -- Juvenile fiction.
Cows -- Fiction.
Kings, queens, rulers, etc. -- Fiction.
Magic -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher New York :2017
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Entwistle, Jayne, narrator.
Participants/Performers Read by Jayne Entwistle.
Audience 7-8.
Language English
Notes Title from container.
Compact discs.
Description 6 audio discs (7 hr., 15 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9780553396065
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