Saturday, December 15, 2012

It's (Dreadful) Sweater Season!

Lester is a very particular child.  His hair is always neatly combed, and he uses a ruler each day to make sure his socks are at a perfectly even height on his calves.  As much as Lester would like to keep things well organized and categorized,  after "Cousin Clara's cottage [is] consumed by a crocodile," his well ordered life is turned upside down.

Cousin Clara moves in with Lester and his family and begins immediately to knit sweaters for Lester.  She knits quickly but not, (in Lester's opinion), particularly well, and Lester is the unlucky recipient of Clara's outrageous creations.  His parents even make him say "thank you" and wear the sweaters to school!

K. G. Campbell's Lester's Dreadful Sweaters is a quirky picture book.  The drawings of the dreadful sweaters are awfully great, and the writing is playful and fun. It brings to mind the classic No Roses for Harry, but with a darker sensibility.  Most of us can relate to being given truly ugly clothes by some well-meaning but out-of-touch relative. Aside from just being a fun read, Lester's Dreadful Sweaters might inspire a timely conversation about how we handle receiving less-than-thrilling gifts. This book is best suited for older preschoolers.

Happy holidays and happy reading!

Miss Robin

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