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When Wendell, Floyd, and Mona search through the lost-and-found bin, they are sucked into a deep cave filled with all kinds of lost items, including mummies and dinosaur bones. Will they ever find Mona¹s lucky hat and make it safely back to school?

When their math teacher sends them to see the principal, two boys risk further punishment by following a new girl who has disappeared into the lost and found bin looking for her lucky ...

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Overview

When Wendell, Floyd, and Mona search through the lost-and-found bin, they are sucked into a deep cave filled with all kinds of lost items, including mummies and dinosaur bones. Will they ever find Mona¹s lucky hat and make it safely back to school?

When their math teacher sends them to see the principal, two boys risk further punishment by following a new girl who has disappeared into the lost and found bin looking for her lucky hat.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The hapless Wendell and Floyd from The Secret Shortcut are in trouble once again (oddly, their teacher finds them suspect when they miss their math test due to an alleged giant squid in the bathroom). As they wait outside the principal's office, they're pulled into yet another adventure. In pursuit of classmate Mona Tudburn, who is searching for her missing "lucky hat," they tumble into the Lost and Found box. The bottomless container yields lots of surprises; caverns and passageways full of stray items (a bowling pin, a suit of armor) give way to a room full of hats, where they each find a lucky one of their own. Indeed, by story's end it does seem that their fortunes may finally be changing. Teague's latest sly take on the wild flights of childhood fancy is as entertaining as always, and he doles out his deadpan artistic style with a wink--from the permanently surprised expressions fixed on the boys' faces to such clever asides as a sign for "Atlantis" tucked into a corner of one of the caverns. Shifts in color and perspective signal the scene changes from the ordinary to the fantastical; drab tones fill in the school's upright walls and solid doors, while floral shades define the world of the Lost and Found box, an Oz-like destination with columns and archways that loom and lean, as though viewed through a fish-eye lens. Readers will be delighted to find that the ending leaves the door wide open to further escapades. Ages 4-7. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Emily Ferren
Imagination reigns as Wendell and Floyd sit outside the Principal's office. They meet Mona, the new girl in school, who tells them about lucky hats and mysterious adventures. The three of them explore the lost and found together, discover friendship and survive the day by finding lucky hats to wear. The intrigue of all the lost toys and clothing will continue to remain a mystery. The zany, cartoon-like illustrations are in full color to accompany the adventure.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Wendell and Floyd show Mona, the new girl in school, the Lost and Found, hoping to help her find her lucky hat. When she disappears into the large box, the boys follow her and together they explore an underground world filled with misplaced objects ranging from baby dolls to pirate treasures. As they wander, they note several times that "you can't get lost in the Lost and Found." When they finally reach the hat room, Mona realizes that the missing item was in her purse all along. The boys each pick out a lucky hat for themselves, and the children return to school. Though the idea of a mysterious world of Lost and Found is intriguing, this book has less humor and excitement than readers have come to expect from Teague. His vivid acrylic paintings fill the pages with color, but the comic possibilities are never fully explored. The framework of the story is similar to The Secret Shortcut (Scholastic, 1996), which also features Wendell and Floyd, but the adventure here is less satisfying. There are assorted odd images scattered throughout the pages, but the scenes aren't as vivid and surprising, and the story lacks the crispness of the earlier title. Teague's eye-catching illustrations and his knack for capturing the imaginative possibilities of childhood are still engaging enough, but it is hard not to wish that Wendell and Floyd's next adventure will be a bit more lively.-Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR
Kirkus Reviews
A wobbly offering from Teague (Baby Tamer, 1997, etc.), in which Wendell and Floyd, who missed their math test when a giant squid trapped them in the restroom, are waiting to see the principal when a new girl, Mona, approaches the lost and found box in search of her lucky hat. She disappears into the container, and Wendell and Floyd follow, entering a netherworld of lost gloves, baseballs, and dolls. A few sight gagsþa suit of armor, a treasure chest full of gold, a Viking ship, a sign pointing the way to Atlantisþhold more promise than the actual story delivers, for the adventure sags and the theme of luck lurks undeveloped somewhere around the hat room they discover. Mona finds her hat (in her purse, where it was all along) and the two boys are ready to face the principal. The illustrations offer plenty to pore over, and will sustain Teague's fans until his next work rolls out. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439278690
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Teague
Mark Teague

Mark Teague

Mark Teague is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator whose books include DEAR MRS. LARUE: LETTERS FROM OBEDIENCE SCHOOL, the 2002 Book Sense Illustrated Book of the Year; DETECTIVE LARUE: LETTERS FROM THE INVESTIGATION; LARUE FOR MAYOR: LETTERS FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL; FUNNY FARM; and PIGSTY. He is also the illustrator of the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling How Do Dinosaurs series by Jane Yolen. Mark lives in Hudson Valley, New York, with his wife and daughters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2008

    Excellent Book

    My third graders love the book. After we read it we make our own lucky hats, write a description about them and mix them up in the lost and found. Then we invite another class in to listen to the descriptions and try to guess which hat. The students love the story!

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