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What happens when Mr. Lunch, bird-chaser extraordinaire, tries to help his feathered friends and finds himself framed for stealing birdseed? It's the zaniest adventure yet for the clever canine star of Mr. Lunch Takes a Plane Ride and Mr. Lunch Borrows a Canoe. Full color.

When a bad elephant takes over the bird seed company, Mr. Lunch tries to find a better source of food for his feathered friends.

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Overview

What happens when Mr. Lunch, bird-chaser extraordinaire, tries to help his feathered friends and finds himself framed for stealing birdseed? It's the zaniest adventure yet for the clever canine star of Mr. Lunch Takes a Plane Ride and Mr. Lunch Borrows a Canoe. Full color.

When a bad elephant takes over the bird seed company, Mr. Lunch tries to find a better source of food for his feathered friends.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Seibold and Walsh specialize in street-smart art and convoluted story lines, and this addition to the Mr. Lunch series does not disappoint. Mr. Lunch, an entrepreneurial white dog, chases birds professionally. To keep the birds happy, he must order lots of birdseed from the Elephant Brand Bird Seed Company. When a bad elephant takes over the business, however, Mr. Lunch and his feathered friends seek their meals elsewhere. In fact, they get a "free lunch" from a generous bird who "live[s] in the country, surrounded by birdseed trees." This angers the birdseed magnate, who "hatche[s] an evil elephant idea" and sends Mr. Lunch to jail, thus providing another meaning for the title. In contrast to the ridiculous chain of events, Seibold and Walsh maintain a serious, logical tone; this deliberately silly approach complements Seibold's illustration style, a sort of cubism for the '90s. His computer-generated, airbrush-smooth characters resemble digital icons, but their asymmetrical quality lends them a hand-drawn warmth. The spreads are abuzz with comical details (an elephant enjoys free peanuts on an airline; the jailed Mr. Lunch receives a cake frosted with a secret message), and Seibold chooses a one-of-a-kind palette of brassy yellow, pickle green, gunmetal blue and brick red. Consider this a corporate-minded suspense-thriller for the elementary-school set. Ages 3-8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-An evil elephant overthrows the Elephant Brand Bird Seed Company; takes a dislike to one of his canine customers, Mr. Lunch; and makes up a leash law that lands the dog in jail. The melodramatic plot is resolved happily, of course, but only after more excitement. Free Lunch may be Seibold and Walsh's best "Mr. Lunch" title yet. The evil elephant is a splendid villain; the image of Mr. Lunch howling alone in his cell is stark and lonely; and the vivid, improbable plot elements are presented with a confident air of conviction. The stylized artwork sometimes borders on chaos while maintaining an overall effect that is always coherent. The look, which borrows from animation and advertising styles popular in the `50s and `60s, will certainly appeal to nostalgic baby boomers. Yet there is plenty here that has undeniable child appeal, especially the intrinsically interesting visual details and the offbeat humor. A book for today's kids-and their parents.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670869886
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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