Greg Pizzoli and The Quest for Z

h1 June 21st, 2017 by jules

“… He plunged his knife into its flesh,
but the snake turned out to be very much still alive ….”


Over at BookPage, I talk to author-illustrator Greg Pizzoli about his newest picture book, The Quest for Z: The True Story of Explorer Percy Fawcett and a Lost City in the Amazon (Viking, June 2017). It’s a book that is, as I note in my review, a complex and intriguing look at a man for whom European imperialism was unsuccessful — certainly a topic rarely addressed in most K-12 curricula. That Q&A is here, and my review of the book is here.

Today here at 7-Imp, I’ve got some spreads from the book.


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(Title page art)


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“Upon his return to England,
Fawcett joined the Royal Geographic Society in London. …”

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“Later, the river grew very rough ….”
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“As his primary mission was surveying,
Fawcett kept extensive journals, logs, and drawings throughout all of his trips. …”

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“But simply surviving the horrors of the jungle was not enough for Percy Fawcett. …”
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THE QUEST FOR Z: THE TRUE STORY OF EXPLORER PERCY FAWCETT AND A LOST CITY IN THE AMAZON. Copyright © 2017 by Greg Pizzoli. Published by Viking, New York. Illustrations reproduced by permission of Greg Pizzoli.

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