A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the author has combined story, writing, and art perfectly in this winning tale. Kids will cheer for Owen as he outwits his neighbor time after time.
Is It Any Good?
Kevin Henkes has a special knack for presenting common childhood crises tenderly and humorously. Many children face the crisis of having to give up their treasured blanket or teddy bear, and will relate to Owen's firm determination to resist all attempts to separate him from his blanket, Fuzzy. Children will relish the fact that Owen, a child, outwits both his parents and the neighbor -- a rare victory from a child's point of view.
Henkes's expressive watercolor-and-ink illustrations capture Owen's every mood, and Mrs. Tweezers looks appropriately conspiratorial, while his parents are loving yet befuddled. The spacing of text and art provide an open feeling to the story.
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