Breaks the Fourth Wall: The knight talks directly to the reader, and the book’s gutter becomes a literal wall in this playful, meta story that is laugh-out-loud funny (as in the popular The Monster at the End of This Book).
An Allegory for Our Time: The knight in the story eventually discovers that the strangers on the other side of the wall aren’t the threatening creatures he imagined them to be, and so this book is a persuasive allegory of prejudice, xenophobia, and immigration.
Masterful Jon Agee: Brilliant in his use of the page turn, visual storytelling, and deadpan humor, Jon Agee’s recent books have all been acclaimed. It’s Only Stanley won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, and his newest, Life on Mars, has received three starred reviews.
Rewards the Re-reader: There are plenty of funny details—secondary visual storylines—to notice as you read the book a second, third, and tenth time. Kids will love pointing them out to the grownups.
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