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One of the most enchanting books that I have read for a long time... I just absolutely loved it.

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The Travelling Restaurant

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A pre-teen adventure/fantasy novel filled with colourful characters, and a highly likeable young hero.

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  • Product Description

    A pre-teen adventure/fantasy novel filled with colourful characters, and a highly likeable young hero.

    In the reign of Lady Gall (Provisional Monarch of Fontania), the word ‘magic’ is forbidden…

    When 12 year old Jasper Ludlow’s parents flee the city, he gets left behind and finds refuge on The Travelling Restaurant, a sailing ship captained by old Dr Rocket and crewed by feisty Polly.

    Jasper faces challenges, adventures, storms and hungry pirates. Should he go in search of his parents, or his lost baby sister? Who should he trust? And why is Lady Gall hunting him?

     


  • Book Details

    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Reader Age 11-14 year, 8-12 year
    Book Size
    ISBN

  • Reviews

    1. :

      I liked all the dangerous parts of the story, especially when Jasper went near the rapids. I would recommend this book to somebody who enjoys family and danger adventures.

    2. :

      This book was so exciting I thought I might burst – I couldn’t wait to read it, and it was hard to stop at the end of a chapter…I recommend this for people who like adventures. This is a great book to share with your grown up.

    3. :

      Interesting characters, some imaginative ideas and fluent writing mean that The Travelling Restaurant has an action-packed narrative that will appeal to younger readers and is great fun to read aloud.

    4. :

      Blending humor, suspense, and poignancy, this absorbing fantasy-adventure features an engaging, everyday protagonist who discovers courage, resourcefulness, and confidence in the face of familiar and fantastical events. Diversely drawn, colorful characters, including feisty orphan Beatrix, further enhance this enjoyable genre entry.

    5. :

      Constant action, lively language, and a Mahy-esque sense of whimsy carry the narrative as the mysteries unfold. Jasper’s startling ability to think on his feet will endear him to readers, as will his sister Sibilla’s authentic toddler personality, while hidden relationships revealed at the end make for a satisfying conclusion.

    6. :

      What a fun, exciting and magical adventure! This is one of those books that’ll make you want to read just a bit more before going to bed. It’s obvious to everyone, except Jasper, that he is far from being an ordinary boy. In the words of one of the characters, `He is the most dangerous boy on Old Ocean’.

    7. :

      A heaping plateful of adventure, spiced to perfection with dangers, deft humor and silly bits.

    8. :

      Adventure fans with a taste for fine cuisine will delight in the mouth-watering descriptions that accompany the ship’s maritime mealtimes, while Jasper and company’s various run-ins with hot-tempered pirates, duplicitous journalists, and hat-loving monkeys make up the entertainment portion of this charming dinner and a show.

    9. :

      Else keeps her tone light, but uses wit, satire, melodrama, and wild action to carry serious points of view, especially about power and corruption….In contrast, the emphasis on delicious food delights everyone as the story romps along through its three parts.

    10. :

      New Zealand writer Barbara Else has woven a delightful story for younger readers … A charming fantasy with beautiful cover illustrations by Sam Broad.

    11. :

      The Traveling Restaurant was both exciting and funny. This mid-grade reacher is sure to be a favourite at any family’s read-aloud story time.

    12. :

      Jasper is one of the finest young men you will ever meet in the pages of a book, though he doesn’t think much of himself, one of his many charms.

    13. :

      Kiwi author Barbara Else excels with child-centred imagery – and the values she enshrines in her characters are genuine and unsentimental. The story is full of warmth, wit and wisdom… I adored this book. Absolutely fantastic – rush out and buy it, read it – and only then hand it over to your kids!

    14. :

      Not only is it a romping tale in the oldfashioned rollicking bedtime-tale tradition, but it is jam packed with memorable characters … There are stacks of jokes for all ages. There will be times when the children laugh, and the adults wonder why, and other times when the adults laugh, and the children wonder why.

    15. :

      Just an enchantment…this is one of the best fantasy books I’ve read in several years and certainly the best New Zealand fantasy book in a long time…Else really knows what she’s doing here, it’s fabulously written, it rollicks along. On every page, just about, there’s a little surprise.

    16. :

      Named New Zealand’s 2012 IBBY NZ Honour Book for Writing (a coveted biennial award), Barbara Else’s The Travelling Restaurant is an enchanting illustrated seafaring fantasy that might just trick kids into eating dinner.

    17. :

      The Travelling Restaurant is a magical story, set in a magnificent kingdom filled with colourful characters … The descriptions of the food that they prepare on the Travelling Restaurant will make your mouth water and your stomach grumble. Barbara Else has created a world that you will never want to leave.

    18. :

      It created a frisson of excitement I haven’t felt about a novel with magic at its centre since the first Harry Potter book entranced me with its cleverness, characterisation, values and humour. It has the wonderful characteristic I love of being about magic, and therefore fantastic, but incredibly grounded in humanity.

    19. :

      New Zealand author Barbara Else obviously has young people in her life, keeping her on her toes. If the mark of a good book is the age range of its readership, The Travelling Restaurant (Gecko Press) is a very good book indeed. The central idea is how to trick toddlers into eating their dinner. Most of us can relate to that. Lots of energy, colour and local childlike imagery. The main character, Jasper, is a likeable twelve-year-old boy. Good humoured family stuff with warmth and wit.

    20. :

      The Travelling Restaurant is a quirky, heartfelt tale about finding out who you are and how powerful you can be. Told in a simple but charming chapter book format, this book is perfect for confident readers aged 8-12…The Travelling Restaurant is a genuinely lovely read. The only down side to reading this book is the craving for pie that follows.

    21. :

      This is one of the most enchanting books that I’ve read for a long time…It’s got everything you’ve ever wanted from a fantastical children’s tale…I just absolutely loved it. I can’t recommend it more highly. Fantastic.

    22. :

      Constant action, lively language, and a Mahy-esque sense of whimsy carry the narrative as the mysteries unfold…

    23. :

      The (provisional) ruler of Fontania, Lady Gall, has outlawed the word ‘magic’. When his family flees the city, Jasper finds himself seeking refuge on a mysterious sailing ship, called the Travelling Restaurant. A rollicking adventure story, highly recommended.

    24. :

      Twelve-year-old Jasper Ludlow sets off on the adventure of a lifetime when he is left behind as his parents flee the Kingdom of Fontania and in a bid to find them (and particularly his baby sister) he boards a very unusual sailing ship named The Travelling Restaurant. A book that cries out to be read aloud – Breakfast on the Travelling Restaurant/ Lunch with the Secret Prince/ Barbecue with the True Crown. As would be expected with any new book from Gecko this is a handsome publication. A bonus are the excellent fold out maps from the front and back jackets. A sequel is in preparation with a planned publication date for 2012.


  • Reviews

    1. :

      This book was so exciting I thought I might burst – I couldn’t wait to read it, and it was hard to stop at the end of a chapter. I loved the crazy names of the chapters – they helped you know exactly what the chapter was about. May favourite part was when Lady Gall melted. I recommend this for people who like adventures. This is a great book to share with a grown up!

    2. :

      Read with excitement as the ‘ordinary’ boy travels through Lake Riversea. This fantastic novel allows you to sail through the pages with your mouth watering for adventure while speeding through the seven seas awaiting the evil Lady Gall, a tyrant who makes beauty beastly.

    3. :

      In the land of Fontania magic has been outlawed. Ever since The Great Accident, even uttering the word `with five letters that began with `m’, had a `g’ in the middle and ended with `c’ was completely and utterly forbidden.’ The land is ruled by the Provisional Monarch, Lady Gall who keeps herself beautiful by injecting a special fluid called Beauteen into her wrinkles. Jasper’s father, Dr Ludlow, is the inventor of Beauteen and works for Lady Gall, but when Jasper discovers that his sister, Sibilla was poisoned by Lady Gall, the family must escape. When Jasper falls asleep on the docks, his family leave him behind. While he’s looking for their ship he finds the Travelling Restaurant, a colourful ship run by Polly and Dr Rocket. On the Travelling Restaurant, Jasper embarks on a wild adventure across lakes and oceans. He faces raging rapids, troublesome monkeys and hungry pirates in the search for his baby sister, who might just be the key to saving Fontania.

      The Travelling Restaurant is a magical story, set in a magnificent kingdom filled with colourful characters. My favourite character was Jasper, who is an incredibly brave boy who gets into some dangerous situations, in the hope of finding his sister. The descriptions of the food that they prepare on the Travelling Restaurant will make your mouth water and your stomach grumble. Barbara Else has created a world that you will never want to leave.

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