Mabel, One and Only

Mabel, One and Only

by Margaret Muirhead, Lynne Avril

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Mabel is lonely because she is the only child on her block unless you count Baby Walter down the street, which Mabel does not. Still she does not lack for companions. She has her dog Jack who can "fit three tennis balls in his mouth at one time" and she can visit with Ms. Baudenbauble and her dog Mr. Ernest Hemmingway and fish for coins in her sofa, help Larry, a baker extraordinaire, or assist Mr. Woodrow with his sunflower garden. But on a day when they are all to busy to play, Mabel turns an ordinary cardboard box into a spaceship and has the time of her life. When her friends do drop by Mabel is not sure if she has time for them. She does relent in the end for what would she ever do without them. The text is rather wordy but the gouache paintings cannot help but amuse. Mabel and her eccentric friends are endearing and the story is a salute to Mabel's imagination and creativity. Not a first purchase but a satisfying story for primary age children who may have the patience to sit through the story until the excitement of Mabel's space voyage begins. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

Mabel is the only child on her city street. After making her daily rounds visiting her father, a neighbor who usually invites her in to fish for coins in the sofa, a baker, and a gardener, she finds that her adult pals are all too busy to play. She and her best friend, a large, fluffy dog named Jack, find a box and make it into a pretend spaceship. Later, the adults miss her and come to make amends. Mabel's creativity and ability to entertain herself may resonate with a younger audience than the wordy text will sustain. The colorful cartoon-style gouache illustrations are charming and detailed, and outshine the story by far.-Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada

Kirkus Reviews
Little Mabel is an only (and lonely) child, with just her large, rambunctious and very hairy dog, Jack, for companionship due to a lack of children in their urban neighborhood. Mabel and Jack play some games outside and make visits to three nearby apartments, where the adult neighbors chat briefly with their young friend before returning to their adult tasks. When Mabel finds a large, empty carton and a bent bicycle wheel, she and Jack (and the story) take off in quite another direction as girl and dog blast off into outer space in their invented spaceship. The lead-up to this payoff, while lengthy, underscores both Mabel's loneliness and the warmth of the adults in her life, but children may not have the patience to wait for it. Avril's lively illustrations, especially of the imaginary outer-space scenes, add pizzazz to Mabel's story, and the page-turn into blast-off mode shows the power of a child's imagination to turn a few mundane supplies into a creative adventure. (Picture book. 3-5)

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