|Poppykettle Papers, the (1999) [Picture Book]|
by Robert Ingpen Michael Lawrence
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This is the tale of five Hairy Peruvians, the last of their kind, and an epic journey from the shores of old Peru to a new land at World's Edge, there the sun goes down. These are no ordinary adventurers, however, but 'people of sensible size' which to us Tall Ones is very small indeed. So small that they sail not in a boat but an earthenware pot called a Poppykettle. Three of the voyagers are old men, the others a boy and a girl, Aloof and his sister Arnica, who tell the tale.
Shortly after starting out, the five learn that they'll never find peace in the new land that awaits them unless they locate a mysterious feather and a certain egg along the way. This triple quest - for land, feather and egg - leads them into great and frequent danger. Among the other hazards there is the wicked wind that sings them towards willing death on the reef, the terrible creature with eyes like pools of blood which lives in the mouth of a volcano, and the whirling 'water-devil' which flings full-grown whales (and Hairy Peruvians) to the clouds.
And as if this were not enough to cope with, the tiny travellers bear the dreadful knowledge that the Poppykettle will carry only three of them all to the shores of their Unchosen Land. Which three? And what will the survivors find when they get there?
Original title: The Poppykettle Papers
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Fantasy→ Miniature People