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The Lizard Man of Crabtree County

The Lizard Man of Crabtree County

by Lucy Nolan, Jill Kastner (Illustrator)

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Children's Literature - Christopher Moning
James Arthur lives in Crabtree County where nothing exciting ever seems to happen. Imagine his surprise when he hears the news that a Lizard Man has been spotted near Miss Bunch's pond, one of James's favorite hangouts! James launches his own investigation to find the creature. But none of his plans work out. Each day, James Arthur seems to just barely miss sighting the Lizard Man. Meanwhile Crabtree County is in an uproar. Firemen are on the creature's trail. Rumors are flying. The perceptive reader will notice clues in the clever illustrations that point to the real culprit behind the Lizard Man sightings. Others will return to the story to see what slipped passed them first time.
Kirkus Reviews
Nothing ever happens in Crabtree County until the day James Arthur dresses up as a shrub, gets his underpants full of bugs, rushes down to the pond to rinse off, and is spotted by near-sighted old Miss Bunch who thinks he is a lizard man. James Arthur, not realizing her mistake, sets out to capture the lizard man, and in doing so, unknowingly leaves "clues" that others take as evidence of the lizard man's existence. As the tongue-in-cheek tale gets more involved and absurd, it will have emerging readers predicting what happens next, following the action, and out-thinking James Arthur and the whole town. The vibrant oil illustrations often provide viewers with unusual perspectives, from a duck's-eye-view of fire trucks to an overhead shot of James Arthur's balloon dinosaur. This is terrific fun for story hours, with a droll text that is constantly rebutted by the pictures. (Picture book. 5-8)

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Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
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Product dimensions:
10.12(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.02(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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