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James returns from fishing to find his little brother missing; the wagon is empty except for a wet note with its words too blurred for James to read. Luckily, the fish James caught claims it can read wet notes, and tells him his brother's been taken to the seashore. On his way to rescue his brother, James gets a ride from a lion, who is so moved by his sad story that ``he didn't have the heart to eat James for lunch as he had planned.'' Then a riddling owl takes his three cents but gives James no answer, and a turtle ``taxi'' takes his whistle but doesn't know the way to the shore. When James reaches the seashore at last, the big fish, already there, confesses it can't read wet notes after all. Nobody knows where the little brother is. James has no option but to go home--to find his brother already there with Mom. ``I see you found my note,'' she says. This unlikely story's main character is sent off on a wild goose chase and encounters only creatures who trick him or can't help him. McPhail's charming pen-and-ink drawings, with gentle washes of color, while excellent, don't quite salvage the weakness of the delicate, but pointless, fable. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
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K-Gr 2-- ``One day James was playing with his baby brother. He soon grew tired of watching his brother just sit and drool, so he decided to take him for a ride in his wagon.'' While James is fishing, his brother vanishes from the wagon, and in his place a note is left. The big fish he catches offers to read the wet and blurry note for James in exchange for his freedom (not telling James, of course, that he can't read). The fish is freed, and James launches on a frustrating search based on the fish's misinformation. Defeated, he returns home, where he finds his brother with his mother. `` `I see you found my note,' she said, `and you're just in time for lunch.' '' Although set in an idealized, idyllic, and more contemporary location, the illustration is reminiscent of Maurice Sendak's Outside Over There (Harper, 1981), as is the quest for the lost sibling. McPhail's gentle adventure and delicately colored line and wash sketches may appeal to adults wishing to share a quiet book, but the fantasy is not convincing and will be difficult for young readers to follow. --Maria B. Salvadore, District of Columbia Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525445296
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/7/1991
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 20.00 (w) x 20.00 (h) x 20.00 (d)

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