Lester's Dreadful Sweaters (Hardcover)
Kids Can Press, 9781554537709, 32pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2012
Author and illustrator K. G. Campbell's unconventional picture book tale is brought to hilarious life by his drawings of uncommonly ugly sweaters. With its offbeat humor and terrific use of language, it would make a superb choice for a lively read-aloud. Though the fastidious Lester with his exceedingly good manners is a bit unusual, the dilemma he faces is a fairly common one, and this book could launch a classroom discussion about young children's own experiences with receiving unwanted gifts, and the trade-offs that are made within families between honesty and kindness. It would make an inventive resource for a lesson on hobbies or crafts, or for children's own craft projects as well.
About the Author
Keith Gordon Campbell was educated in an old, turreted school with ghosts and secret passages and stuff. There he learned to love all things ghoulish, ghastly and rather gothic. He wasn't one for chasing after balls or playing leapfrog; he preferred, even then, to find quiet corners where he could write peculiar stories and illustrate them with funny characters. Keith is now a full-time author/illustrator and lives in California.
Praise For Lester's Dreadful Sweaters…
[Campbell's] writing is remarkable. Clipped and catchy. ... The book works because everything is understated to a beautiful degree.—Elizabeth Bird, SLJ.com
The illustrations are delightful ...—School Library Journal
Lively writing is peppered with clever alliteration and wordplay.—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
Kids are gonna chuckle at this one ...—Booklist
Campbell's witty and wordy text ... plays out every child's nightmare fantasy of showing up at school in The Wrong Thing.—The New York Times