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Children's LiteratureYoung readers can become very attached to a particular book and want to keep it even if belongs to the library. When Charlie's sister Lola says they must go to the library to get Beetles, Bugs, and Butterflies, even though she has had it many times, she insists she needs it "Now." It is "the very best book in the world." But the book is not there. Charlie tries to persuade Lola to try another book, listing all the great subjects that are in the library's books. But Lola is not interested. She finally agrees, however, to try Cheetahs and Chimpanzees, but "it won't be as good..." until she starts reading. Soon she decides it is "...probably the most best book in the whole wide world..." Black line drawings defining characters and settings in the simplest manner combine with collage, with lots of books, and with the dialog of the text that meanders and changes size to involve and amuse us. Both kids are appealing, but Lola is particularly engaging in gestures and facial expressions. The story may be more amusing to those older folks who can observe Lola's obsession from a distance. Charlie and Lola also appear in a new television series on Playhouse Disney. 2005, Dial Books for Young Readers, Ages 3 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz