by Jack Lechner. Illustrated by Bob Staake. (Bloomsbury, 2008. ISBN 9781599901695. Order Info.) Picture Book. 32 pages. Grades PreK-12.
This book got me right in my funny bone. What a delight it was to find in the pile of new releases.
Mary has a little lamp, a gooseneck desk lamp, in fact. And yes, she takes it everywhere she goes. She loves the cool feel of it against her face and she loves the light it gives when she plugs in the cord that she drags it around by. Her parents: "We just don't get it! Why a lamp? her worried parents said. 'We told her she could have a dog She wanted this instead!'"
The illustrations are bold and outrageous. A perfect match to this wry poem. The faces of people and animals are particularly expressive.
To the surprise of all Mary heads off to summer camp without her lamp and has a fabulous time. We think perhaps she's finally "normal" until we read the surprise ending. I highly recommend this book for all ages.
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