Lucy Goes to the Country

Lucy Goes to the Country

by Joseph Kennedy, John Canemaker
     
 

Lucy is a boisterous little cat who really knows how to live! Join Lucy's intrepid adventures as she travels from New York to the countryside for an adventure-filled weekend with her two Big Guys. Charming Lucy chases birds, terrorizes a dog named Schmoofy, and will surely steal your heart with her delightful antics. Discover a new family who values the importance of… See more details below

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Lucy is a boisterous little cat who really knows how to live! Join Lucy's intrepid adventures as she travels from New York to the countryside for an adventure-filled weekend with her two Big Guys. Charming Lucy chases birds, terrorizes a dog named Schmoofy, and will surely steal your heart with her delightful antics. Discover a new family who values the importance of time spent with one another and with their friends and knows that a saucer of milk can fix many things.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This picture book promotes tolerance for gay people by putting them into the background of a caper starring a saucy cat named Lucy. A somewhat garrulous narrator, Lucy lives in the city with her two "Big Guys" and travels with them to the country on the weekends. At a backyard barbecue, she takes an instant dislike to a little dog, Shmoofy ("He's a rat with bad hair and an attitude to match"), and chases him up a tree. In the process, the two knock down a hive of furious bees, sending guests diving for cover, and then need firemen to rescue them from their treetop perch. Except for a reference to two female party guests who arrive with "their daughter, Liza," it's up to readers to infer the human characters' relationships from Canemaker's cartoony illustrations (e.g., of two pairs of Big Guy feet sticking out from under the covers). Much of the art is overly busy and the palette seems a few notches too bright; Lucy, however, sports a wardrobe of imperious expressions and personality to burn. The best element here is a flip-book effect (made up of a series of thumbnail sketches in a bottom corner of each spread) of Lucy chasing a butterfly. But the book could do without a couple of arch jokes aimed at adults (one of the Big Guys makes eyes at a muscular fireman while his disgruntled partner looks on; a train station boasts the sign "Peckerwood"). Ages 3-8. (June)
Children's Literature - Linda Uhlenkott
Lucy, a city cat, spends weekends in the country with her owners, the two Big Guys. This story relates Lucy's adventures when she and the Big Guys throw a weekend party for their friends who live in the country. During the party, Lucy meets Schmoofy, a dog whom she immediately begins to tease. Lucy finally chases Schmoofy up a tree; the two are rescued by firemen, and Lucy decides that Schmoofy isn't such a bad dog after all. The text tells the preceding story, but the illustrations tell quite a different story. Through the illustrations, the reader realizes that all the human characters are gay, with one lesbian couple characterized as a family with a daughter. The author and illustrator seem to use Lucy's adventures as a vehicle for promoting a gay lifestyle. In some settings, this book would be acceptable, even sought after. However, some parents, as well as teachers and librarians in some sections of the country, may not want to choose this text. Recommended for those teachers and parents who are comfortable with presenting alternative lifestyles to their children.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Lucy the cat lives in the city with her work-at-home "Big Guys". She is taken to the country for weekends. The book is Lucy-centered so we see her concerns. She chases birds, defends her territory against a dog, and is involved in a chase that leads to her getting treed. The reader feels her feline joy at the party preparations. Illustrations show a gay-lesbian world and provide much-needed models. The book's primary purpose, however, is to deliver a story not a sermon. This small press publisher is known for its directness in gay-lesbian issues.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555834289
Publisher:
Alyson Publications
Publication date:
12/01/2004
Series:
Alyson Wonderland Ser.
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.87(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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