Babar on Paradise Island

Laurent de Brunhoff. Abrams, $18.95 (48p) ISBN 978-1-4197-1038-4
Babar and family get the Gilligan’s Island treatment in the latest original offering from Jean de Brunhoff’s son. After a storm shipwrecks the family boat, the elephants and their friend the Old Lady are stranded on a deserted island. The drama of the first few pages quickly diminishes as the elephants meet a friendly dragon who shows them around the island and helps them build a shelter and find food. All is resolved with little trouble or event (showing resourcefulness worth of the Professor, the Old Lady even bakes a key lime pie), but Babar fans should still find this a diverting trip away from Celesteville. Ages 4–8. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/19/2014
Release date: 05/01/2014
Genre: Children's
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