Katie Couric, the charming coanchor of NBC's Today show, presents Lazlo S. Gazky. Lazlo is an exchange student from Hungary who is enrolled at the Brookhaven School. Nervous and in need of a new friend, Lazlo hopes for kind faces in his new classroom. Instead, all the kids make fun of him for his perfectly pink lips, strange hair, and even stranger accent. Second grade wasn't supposed to be like this! Teased by his classmates, Lazlo is miserable. Then Ellie and Carrie, two classmates who had initially joined in the taunting, have a change of heart. They teach the rest of the kids that Lazlo is no different than any of them.
Couric has written the story in rhyme and used Caldecott Honor artist Marjorie Priceman to illustrate the lovely Lazlo and the rest of the book. Her watercolor illustrations are spirited and detailed, the perfect accompaniment to the story. Couric has written a story that is perfect for both adults and children, sure to initiate discussion about compassion and differences.