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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Valenti uses tricks to manipulate Lyle.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the pictures are more detailed and colorful, done in thinner lines than in previous books, but they are losing the childlike simplicity that was a hallmark of the series.
Is It Any Good?
This book was written five years after the previous book, and Waber's artistic style has evolved. His line is more refined, filled with more detail and a diversity of color washes, but it has lost that simplicity that, in the first few books, inspired children to try their own drawings.
To watch the ever-optimistic Lyle stay focused on his mission, and not let money or fame get in the way, is to know why Lyle remains at the forefront of favorite characters in kids' books. The author doesn't hedge when it comes to integrity, friendship, and family values. The story is immediately absorbing and compelling. Humor and warmth radiate from the pages without sentimentality, a tricky business. This book about finding a mother should sit in the pantheon of well-loved stories on this topic.
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