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ISBN: 978125005761732 Pages, Ages 4-8
The Zabajaba Jungle is amazing. Its flora and fauna are like nothing ever seen before. Leonard is the first human who has ever entered the jungle, and perils lie in wait behind each bush. But he has a bolo and is brave, and with his cunning and the help of some animal friends, Leonard makes his way through this dreamy land of adventure.
The Zabajaba Jungle is a classic picture book by Shrek creator William Steig.
Praise for The Zabajaba Jungle
“It transcends its adventure-story roots and reveals epic elements. Visually, every page is a feast. The artist's use of saturated color in his powerfully fanciful paintings has never been better.” —Publishers Weekly
“The Zabajaba Jungle is a dangerous place filled with assorted menacing flora and fauna. Leonard, a solid fellow who looks like he might be Brave Irene's older brother, is fighting his way through this jungle for an unknown reason. He walks through the inside of a petrified monster, gets rescued from a mass of snakes by a butterfly, discovers the delicious but illegal nectar of the Jabazaba flower, and is dragged off by mandrills and tossed into a hole in the ground. The mandrills take him before a bizarre triumverate of judges who are impressed when Leonard sets off some fireworks he happens to have. He escapes, and discovers his parents peacefully sitting in an enormous glass bottle, his mother knitting and his father reading the paper. He breaks the bottle and leads them out of the jungle. Steig's illustrations are appropriately jungle-like and colorful, and filled with all kinds of extravagant creations...The narrative has witty moments and a refreshingly challenging vocabulary. Children will resonate to the imaginative aspects of the story, which reflect the irrationality of dreams.” —School Library Journal