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The Long Tall Journey

The Long Tall Journey

By Jan Wahl, Illustrated by Laurent Gapaillard


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When a giraffe is taken from its beloved acacia grove in Africa and sets sail for France, it does not welcome the adventure at first. Everything is foreign; nothing is familiar. Taking his cue from the imagined perspective of the captive, author Jan Wahl crafts a sympathetic tale with roots in reality. Meanwhile, French artist Laurent Gapaillard's arresting landscapes offer a panoramic view of each episode, reinforcing the scope of The Long Tall Journey made by a 19th-century exotic gift.

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Format: Hardcover
Publication: September 2015
ISBN: 9781568462301
Jan Wahl has dedicated much of his adult life to writing for children, authoring previous Creative Editions books such as The Enchanted Sled and Bear Dance. His first children's title, published in 1964, was illustrated by Maurice Sendak. An Ohio native, Wahl lives and works in Toledo.

Parisian designer and illustrator Laurent Gapaillard has lent his talents to animated feature films, television series, video games, and novels. Recent gallery exhibitions have also featured his work. The Long Tall Journey is his first project for Creative Editions.

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