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. Volume XX Number 16. . . .December 20, 2013
It is difficult to dash the dreams of an author who has self-published a story clearly representing a labour of love, but this book written and illustrated by David Yerex Williamson has nothing going for it.
Lion is Lost has a familiar plot: a well-loved stuffed animal is the confidante of a fearful child and shares adventures with her. When the toy is left behind at the end of the little girl's first trip away from home (inexplicably, on a bench in front of a grotty-looking diner, although Gillian and family are purportedly catching an airplane), Gillian's world collapses.
To mention that the colour pencil illustrations are amateurish and that the little book has a price of $14.95 is only to emphasize that Lion is Lost is not recommended for purchase by any library.
Ellen Heaney is a retired children's librarian living in Coquitlam, BC.
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