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Publishers Weekly
Plaidypus, a homemade stuffed toy fashioned from Grandpa's old plaid shirt, has a problem: his pigtailed owner can't seem to stop losing him. "I'm sorry, Plaidypus. I'll never, ever, ever, ever lose you again," the girl swears after a fisherman extracts the forgotten, sodden toy from a lake (the string of "evers" in her promise gets longer with each episode of carelessness). "Plaidypus lost./ Plaidypus found," chimes the book's knowing refrain, "This story goes around and around." Stevens and Crummel, sisters whose past collaborations include And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon, have fun with the book's oversize format and the visual translation of its telegraphic, rhyming text. The large type, which looks almost like children's printing, shifts from black to a bright color to underscore an emotion or plot point-for example, when the girl accidentally ejects Plaidypus from the car window, her "Uh-oh" pops out in red. Set against crisp white space, Stevens's watercolors capture the heroine's personality: her plump, chipper willfulness, the energy she expends when pushing a shopping cart, the way her entire body droops when she realizes the toy has once again gone missing. Plaidypus himself, the size of a toddler (nearly as large as his owner) and garbed in a succession of hats, scuba gear, etc., is a mute scene-stealer. Any child who has claimed to be joined at the hip to a beloved toy will get a jolt of recognition. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A beloved toy can be made of the simplest materials. Here, "Snippity snip; Stitchity stitch," grandpa's old plaid shirt and a pair of buttons become floppy Plaidypus. "I'll never lose him," promises his delighted owner. But she takes him on the slide and swing; then after a fall, he's gone. But then he's found, and along with simple rhymes, "This story goes around and around" literally in a text circle as well. He is lost in the supermarket, at the lake, out of the car. Each time he is also found, and the promise remade, until the last time, when four very sad days go by before he turns up, a bit the worse for wear. He needs more "stitchity stitch" and evokes another promise never to lose him again. The familiar story of a lost toy is made refreshingly new here with the circularity of the repetitions in the changing story, but most of all by the depiction of our heroine and her adventures with her companion. Stevens's very strong, large watercolors with pencil and "elements of digital collage" contribute to the freshness with delightful characterizations. With slight additions, the illustrations are basically the pair in action on the large white pages with few words in large type. But we want to hug them both. Don't miss the contrasting end-papers, all patchy plaid in front and re-patched in back. 2004, Holiday House, Ages 3 to 7.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Complete with rhyming text, engaging illustrations, and interactive questions, this oversized picture book had the potential to be a storytime favorite. Unfortunately, the inconsistent design is too busy and haphazard, and the words fail to hold a rhythm from page to page. A grandmother makes a stuffed "Plaidypus" for her granddaughter out of an old plaid shirt. The excited child promises never to lose the toy but then proceeds to leave him behind over and over. Vowing to be more careful every time he is found, she always forgets. By the end, the patched-up Plaidypus has taken quite a beating. This story does go "around and around" as the text says, and in the end, there is still no resolution. While the book has many appealing elements and does a nice job of incorporating the concept of opposites, overall, it doesn't gel, and the characters and plot struggle to garner much affection or sympathy.-Julie Roach, Malden Public Library, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Nicely drawn pencil, watercolor, and digital collage illustrations are lost in these aggressive, over-designed pages about a girl's habit of losing and finding her favorite toy repeatedly: "Plaidypus lost. Plaidypus found. This story goes around and around." Plaidypus is an adored stuffed animal made from Grandpa's old plaid shirt. Every time the girl re-finds Plaidypus, she apologizes profusely and promises never to lose him again. On the last page, she's promising this again, but without any indication that the pattern is broken. Is this welcome comfort or false hope for readers who lose toys? Many of the images are unnecessarily big and Plaidypus changes scale for no apparent reason. The font changes size and color too often and the text dips in and out of rhyme and rhythm, making it an awkward read-aloud. Not a bad idea, but busy and bumpy. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823427536
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2013
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 672,323
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    Plaidypus lost

    My 5 year old grandson loved the Plaidypus.

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