A classic character in children's literature for nearly forty years is back for a brand-new adventure! Corduroy the beloved bear slips out very early one morning to get a birthday present for Lisa. He spies what he thinks is a yellow balloon up in the sky, thinking that would be perfect for her. But when the sun rises, the balloon (really the full moon) disappears. And now Corduroy is lost. Lisa finds him, but not before Corduroy succeeds in getting just the right gift—a lollipop as yellow and round as the moon. ...
A classic character in children's literature for nearly forty years is back for a brand-new adventure! Corduroy the beloved bear slips out very early one morning to get a birthday present for Lisa. He spies what he thinks is a yellow balloon up in the sky, thinking that would be perfect for her. But when the sun rises, the balloon (really the full moon) disappears. And now Corduroy is lost. Lisa finds him, but not before Corduroy succeeds in getting just the right gift—a lollipop as yellow and round as the moon. This brand-new Corduroy picture book is written in the whimsical style of Don Freeman and illustrated in the exact scratchboard technique he used to create Corduroy and A Pocket for Corduroy.
Expanding on the beloved character created by Don Freeman, B.G. Hennessy pens the tale Corduroy Lost and Found, illus. by Jody Wheeler, in which the cub heads out to get a birthday present for his pal Lisa, and winds up on an adventure that takes him astray-luckily Lisa finds him, not far from where he started. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- Suzanna E. Henshon
For many years, children have enjoyed reading Don Freeman's Corduroy and A Pocket for Corduroy. Fans of Don Freeman's classic stories will be delighted to discover a new adventure featuring their favorite teddy bear. B.G. Hennessy, the art director of A Pocket for Corduroy, brings Corduroy back to children's literature with a story that will enchant children and parents. When Corduroy discovers Lisa's birthday is coming, he sets out to find the perfect present. He rides the elevator down to the lobby of the apartment building, and steps out into the street. He spots the best gift of all—a large balloon that hangs in the sky. Yet Corduroy cannot seem to grasp it, no matter how fast and far he runs. Soon Corduroy is lost and alone in the nighttime city, and Mr.Gonzales, the owner of a newsstand, places Corduroy on a shelf where the little bear helps sell newspapers, far away from the little girl he loves. Will Corduroy ever get the present for Lisa? Will he ever find his way home? Corduroy Lost and Found will touch the hearts of readers who have waited 30 years for another adventure with their favorite bear.
With Madeline and Little House spin-offs on her resume, plus Rosemary Wells's Yoko and Friends series, the technically versatile Wheeler replaces Lisa McCue to illustrate this latest Corduroy episode in a credible imitation of Don Freeman's style. Similarly, the tale reads like ersatz Freeman. Corduroy sneaks out of the apartment one night in search of a birthday present for Lisa (who hasn't aged a day since her first appearance in 1968), and winds up out on the street, where Mr. Gonzalez the news vendor keeps him safe until Lisa comes along putting up "Lost Bear" posters. "The only thing I wanted for my birthday was to have my best friend home with me!" she exclaims, before a closing double portrait with cake, balloons and a big lollipop. The actual author and illustrator get no cover billing, but that shouldn't bother readers willing to settle for respectable replacements. (Picture book. 5-7)
B.G. Hennessy grew up in Wantagh on Long Island, NY. At the University of Wisconsin in Madison, she majored in fine art and learned how to design, print and bind handmade books. She also took courses in Children’s Literature. The combination of form and content in the picture book format fascinated her and after graduation she headed for NYC where she worked for 17 years in children’s book publishing as a designer and art director. She is the author of Road Builders and The First Night, as well as many books starring Corduroy, the loveable toy bear created by Don Freeman. She now lives with her family in Arizona.