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Eddie : The Lost Youth of Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Poe, aided by the imp McCobber, has twenty-four hours to prove himself innocent of an act of mischief committed at the home of the judge who lives beside John Allan, foster father of the orphaned author-to-be. A gorgeously illustrated glimpse into the mind of a young Edgar Allan Poe.

When young Eddie is falsely accused of destroying the Judge’s chicken coop, he is given one day to find the true culprit. Guided by logic, but entranced by the poetry of the paranormal, Eddie seeks to solve the mystery, along the way meeting Captain Mephisto, a darkly unusual magician who has tricks up his sleeve—and maybe a demon on his back. With help from his Raven and the prodding of a mischievous imp, McCobber, it is no wonder that Eddie grows up to become a master of the macabre.
     Scott Gustafson crafts a finely wrought portrait that is both humorous and touching. Coupled with his stunning gothic illustrations, Eddie is sure to win fans young and old.

Specifications

Publisher
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
208
Author
Scott Gustafson
ISBN-13
9781416997658
Publication Date
August, 2012
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
7.62 x 5.12 x 0.90 Inches
ISBN-10
1416997652

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This book has two great things going for it... the subject of Poe and Gustafson's wonderful artwork! Both of which I give highest ratings! Gustafson is an outstanding artist and I have every book that I can find that is illustrated by him. Five star keepers every one! This is the only book I've read by Gustafson and it is a well done chapter book. The author obviously researched and provides the reader with the sad facts of Poe's humble beginnings and upbringing before branching off into fantasy and fiction. As the only child to a kindly, loving foster mother and a stern, impossible-to-please foster father, it is easy to see how a lonesome child would create an imaginary companion that only he could see or speak with - the mischievous imp. Young Poe is also an animal lover and his other companion is an actual crow (who also speaks only to him). I could not help seeing his imp companion as a metaphor for his father's legacy to young Poe... whether it be his fearful wild imaginings or simply a good imagination. Adults will not find it a stretch to attribute Poe's adult problems of melancholy and 'self-medication' also as a sad bequest of the family "demons." The imp appeared a substitute of a reckless and irresponsible father, while his raven companion might be the logical, level-headed father aspect. In the middle of the night, young Poe awakens having found that he has sleepwalked into the neighbor's yard. A great noise and clamor is coming from a sack hanging from the barn's weather vane which wakens all the neighbors. Eddie's own embroidered pillow case has been stuffed with his pet cat and the Judge's prize rooster and hung on high! And poor Eddie is blamed. Punishment is called for! But logic dictates that Eddie could not have done the deed. His foster father grudgingly gives Edgar 24 hours to clear his name or be caned. Luckily, Ed has the moral support and love of his foster mother and a family servant. He takes on the job of detective and works his way through to the truth -despite his fears- with both logic and heart. An admirable young man who acts in a praiseworthy fashion. No doubt young readers will root for young Eddie as I did :-) ps. While done in a different artistic style, Gustafson's illustrated full-color Peter Pan, Classic Fairy Tales, and Mother Goose are without parallel. Simply outstanding in every aspect and I recommend them to all -. be it individual or public libraries - without reservation!

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