Lost Property

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Something curious is going on in Maurice's house - things keep mysteriously disappearing. Maurice can't find matching socks to wear to school; Mom can't find her umbrella; Dad has lost his dry-cleaning ticket; and where is the brand-new yellow paint Dad bought to finish the house? Are they just being careless, or is there more to this mystery? Could Mac, the family dog, know something that we don't? Here is another hilarious pet caper by Bruce Ingman, author of When Martha's Away. Bold, inventive artwork, full of...
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Overview

Something curious is going on in Maurice's house - things keep mysteriously disappearing. Maurice can't find matching socks to wear to school; Mom can't find her umbrella; Dad has lost his dry-cleaning ticket; and where is the brand-new yellow paint Dad bought to finish the house? Are they just being careless, or is there more to this mystery? Could Mac, the family dog, know something that we don't? Here is another hilarious pet caper by Bruce Ingman, author of When Martha's Away. Bold, inventive artwork, full of cleverly concealed clues, captures the curious antics of Mac the dog and his bewildered human companions.

Maurice and his parents keep losing things around the house, and Maurice suspects that Mac, the family dog, has something to do with the disappearances.

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Children's Literature - Alexandria LaFaye
In this quirky import from Great Britain, Ingman tells the story of a household where things keep disappearing. Young Maurice can never find the mates to his socks, his father can't find his dry cleaning ticket, and his mother can't find her knitting needles-all common problems we face daily. And we've all wondered were these household items disappear to. Did the dryer eat the socks? Well, Ingman's answer is that the dog stole them all and keeps them hoarded away in some secret place no one will ever find. Dropping clues in his bright, inventive illustrations, Ingman also allows children to participate in solving the mystery. This goofy tale will delight young readers and teach them a few things about British English if they're careful readers-as children usually are.
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PreS-Gr 1While Mary Norton's classic The Borrowers Harcourt, 1953 provides a fascinating reason for lost household items, this shallow picture book simply blames Mac, the family dog. Each page provides one or two sentences about a family member and a missing item. Character development and plot are as absent as Mom's lost umbrella. A wordless conclusion that shows a picture of Mac's hideaway with the dog dressed in Dad's black suit coat surrounded by Mom's umbrella, Maurice's socks, etc., is only mildly humorous. The illustrations offer childlike drawings that aren't any more inspired than the limp text.Jackie Hechtkopf, Talent House School, Fairfax, VA
Kirkus Reviews
The mind behind When Martha's Away (1995) mines humor from the story of a family and a trail of disappearing objects. Maurice narrates; his mother is either gardening, shopping, knitting, or searching for lost objects, while his father sings in the shower, paints most of the exterior of the house, or looks high and low for a missing dry-cleaning ticket. A double-page spread of the dog, Mac, dressed in a man's jacket, surrounded by all the missing objects allows readers to be in on the joke. As with Ingman's previous book, onlookers will either love the art or find it hopelessly naive. The figures are uniformly stiff, but there are always expressive touches: the tilt of Mac's eyes, the brush strokes that pass for Maurice's pants, the cobbled-together garden of paint, ink lines, and seed packets. The story is not particularly new, but the pictures can be seen from the back of the room; the book works best as inspiration for children to put together their own scenes of comic domestic turmoil. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395889008
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Pages: 22
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.62 (w) x 12.17 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Ingman illustrated for magazines such as British Vogue and Elle and taught at several art colleges before publishing his first children's book. He lives and works in London.
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