________________ CM . . . . Volume XV Number 8 . . . . December 5, 2008

cover Bad Luck, Lucy! (Tadpoles).

Sue Graves. Illustrated by Lisa Williams.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2008.
24 pp., pbk. & hc., $7.95 (pbk.), $18.36 (RLB).
ISBN 978-0-7787-3882-4 (pbk.),
ISBN 978-0-7787-3851-0 (RLB).

Kindergarten-grade 2 / Ages 5-7.

Review by Carole Marion.

*** /4


cover Crabby Gabby. (Tadpoles).

Sue Graves. Illustrated by Desideria Guicciardini.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2008.
24 pp., pbk. & hc., $7.95 (pbk.), $18.36 (RLB).
ISBN 978-0-7787-3883-1 (pbk.),
ISBN 978-0-7787-3852-7 (RLB).

Kindergarten-grade 2 / Ages 5-7.

Review by Carole Marion.

*** /4


Beginning readers will delight in these two installments in the “Tadpoles” series, first published by Franklin Watts.

     "That's Lucky!" said Dad when Lucy finds a shiny coin, but Lucy's enthusiasm to show her mother, grandma and grandpa all turn into catastrophes until Lucy herself declares "This shiny coin is not lucky at all!" Despite the messes left behind in the wake of Lucy's brushes with bad luck, Bad Luck, Lucy! concludes with the whole family, smiling despite their misadventure, gathered in the kitchen that shows evidence of the prior accidents. Even the cat shares in the humour of the moment. Illustrator Williams has a gift for portraying hilarity through exaggerated facial expressions and by adding little touches like scattering insects to enhance the humour.

     "Gabby was always grumpy. Everyone called her Crabby Gabby." Gabby is beyond crabby, if Desideria Guicciardini 's illustration are any indication of the red-head's temper in Crabby Gabby. Her entire family, just to avoid a display of her tantrums, bows to her wishes. First, they search everywhere for the missing piece of the puzzle. Her mom smiles through the episode with the spilled dog dish, and her father's patience is unfazed when his request to clean up her room results in a worse mess. Young readers will laugh when they read how the whole family plots together to cure Gabby of her grumpiness once and for all.

     The brief text, repetition, large print and whimsical cartoon-like illustrations will appeal to children who are starting their independent reading experience. And if they enjoy these adventures, there are many more to delight them.

Recommended.

Carole Marion is the Customer Service Manager of Calgary Public Library's Forest Lawn branch. A former youth services librarian, she has been working with children and caregivers for over 20 years.

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