Loopy

Loopy

by Aurore Jesset
     
 

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There's nothing as painful as losing your Loopy, and nothing as wonderful as being reunited. For any child who has ever lost their "transitional object" or any parent who's lived through it.

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There's nothing as painful as losing your Loopy, and nothing as wonderful as being reunited. For any child who has ever lost their "transitional object" or any parent who's lived through it.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Nothing sparks terror in the heart of a preschooler more than the loss of a beloved stuffed toy. Loopy has been left behind at the doctor's office and our young, genderless protagonist cannot go to bed without him. He begins to imagine all the calamities that may have befallen Loopy such as another child's taking him home and being rough with him. Perhaps he has been thrown into the garbage or left alone in the dark to be frightened by ghosts. The child begins to plan a rescue operation, itself fraught with danger. In the dark of night the child might get lost, or be carried off into the forest by a grumpy giant, or put in his basement filled with bugs and spiders. Just as the youngster is about to give in to despair, the doorbell rings and there is Loopy returned by the doctor who found him in his office. The theme of the lost beloved toy has been addressed a number of times, most recently and successfully in Mo Willems Knuffle Bunn (2004). The warm and comforting story with its tempered "scary" elements and happy ending will appeal to little ones who will share in the child's angst at losing Loopy and joy in his return. The soft palette portrays the cozy atmosphere of the home against a darker nighttime exterior that provides just the right amount of trepidation. Children will delight in pointing out the skyline that looks like a hungry crocodile or the garbage truck with the menacing maw. The ghosts floating from file drawers are more humorous than frightening so should not disturb anyone's sleep. Loopy is home and all's right with the world in this pleasant bedtime romp. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2- A child leaves her favorite toy at the doctor's office and ponders its fate should they fail to be reunited "RIGHT NOW!" On each spread, Jesset's speculation about the beloved stuffed animal's current state is matched with Korthues's Tim Burton-esque illustrations rendered in vibrant colors, often muted to depict the nighttime setting. The simple, rhythmic prose recalls a small child's inner dialogue or storytelling voice, but the tenor of the book is set by the slightly creepy, stylized pencil drawings that accompany it. "Mommy says I should sleep with another toy tonight"; readers look at the toys to choose from and see among them a cockeyed, heavy-lidded owl and a bear with a self-satisfied smile. When the child imagines the garbage truck devouring Loopy, readers see the bunny's ears hanging from the truck's mechanical jaws. On a nearby rooftop, a man in a stovepipe hat sits on a chimney. Stark streets and surreal inhabitants, like birds on strings, make appearances as Loopy's owner's imagination takes over the night. What a relief when the doorbell rings, the doctor returns Loopy, and "Everything is all right now." Originally published in Switzerland, this enjoyable story's distinctly foreign flavor may be offered as a contrast to Mo Willems's very American Knuffle Bunny Too (Hyperion, 2007), which features a similar nighttime bunny recognizance mission.-Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC

Kirkus Reviews
Loopy, a beloved blue, stuffed bunny, has been left behind at the doctor's office, and it's too late to pick him up. Loopy's child is very upset: Sleep is not possible without Loopy! Besides, what if something happens? What if some other child takes Loopy and treats him badly? What if the doctor's office has ghosts? What if Loopy gets scared? Obviously, Loopy must be rescued. But what if Loopy's child gets lost trying to find him? And what if a grumpy giant intervenes? He could carry the child to a lair full of bugs! Suddenly the doorbell rings; someone is at the door holding something with suspiciously long ears. Maybe sleep will come tonight after all. Korthues's extremely appealing illustrations gently embody the child's fears without overwhelming this warm and comforting selection. With wit reminiscent of the Charlie and Lola books, this is sure to be a favorite with fans of Knuffle Bunny as well as all who have a favorite stuffed animal of their own. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735822610
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
11/30/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Aurore Jesset was born and raised in Paris. After completing her studies in psychology, she worked in a center for teenagers and adults. Today she has her own practice.

barbara Korthues was born in Germany near the Dutch border. She studied illustration and graphic design as well as appointing in Munster and has since illustrated many books. She now lives and works in Stuttgart.

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