"Poised skillfully between Aesop’s fables and The History of World War II, Leland James’ enchanting allegorical tale relates the story of the war with a cast of cleverly chosen animals playing all the parts. Chamberlain is a possum, Churchill is a beaver, the German armies are mutant “crocadogs”, “wolf-things” and “yikes” and the victims of the holocaust are “songbirds”. Brilliantly illustrated by Anne Zimanski, “Animal Land” is a must-read for children from nine to ninety. A page-turning mixture of wonder and horror with a message for our own times proclaimed at its closing by a wise old owl." --Johnmichael Simon, chief editor Cyclamens and Swords Publishing.
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