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A little courage yields unexpected surprises when Justin visits the dreaded lost and found.
When Justin loses the special hat his grandmother made for him, he looks everywhere he can think of to find it. Everywhere, that is, except the lost and found. Mr. Rumkowsky, the old school custodian, is the keeper of all the lost and found items, and everyone is afraid of him, including Justin.
With his grandmother coming to visit soon, his mom upset, and the hat nowhere in sight, Justin finally musters the courage to enter Mr. Rumkowsky's domain. There he discovers a whole world of treasureslost items Justin's friends (and generations of children before them) have been too afraid to claim. Things keep getting weirder and weirder, until way down at the bottom of Rumkowsky's giant box Justin unearths something completely unexpected…
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Reviewed by Madi, 5th grade student: I read the book "Lost and Found" and I really enjoyed it. You can follow Justin on his adventure through the lost and found box to find his favorite hat. The big question is, "Will he find it in time?" Note by ACS Blogger: The illustrations by Adam Gustavson again are very appropriate and appealing. Gustavson's creative art is from the perspective of a child's eye view and his two-page spreads are a delight. He really captures to essence of Justin's emotions and flow of the story. DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of Lost and Found was provided by the publisher, Peachtree, in exchange for our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely our own. No compensation was received for this review.
The writing was ok and the pictures were great, but the story really seemed to lack substance. It was over just as quickly as it started. I understand the point of it, which is don't judge someone before you know them, but I think it needs to be better spelled out if you are trying to get that point across to a little kid. Also, the author might have also actually described some of the weird things that the kid found instead of just having pictures of them.
Justin has lost his favorite hat! It is blue and white with orange stars all the way around the hat. The main reason it is his favorite hat is because his grandmother made it especially for him. He just has to find his hat. Justin and some of his friends looked all over the playground at school for his hat. A friend told him it might be in the Lost and Found. But everyone was afraid of Mr. Rumkowsky the janitor and he was in charge of the Lost and Found. So instead of going to Lost and Found he searched all over his classroom and still had no luck finding his hat. He was not ready to go to Lost and Found. After several days of looking for the hat his mother reminded him to go to the Lost and Found. OH, NO! That means he would have to face Mr. Rumkowsky. Where could Justin find his hat? Will he face Mr. Rumkowsky at Lost and Found? The author's tale is one many children have to face at one time are another. Like facing a teacher, librarian, principal or maybe even the janitor. He emphasizes on how kids feed on each others fear. When there is usually nothing there to fear but fear itself. The illustrations are right on with the authors story. The characters are realistic as is all the the lost and found depicted in the story. It is a fun tale of many things lost and found. I highly recommend this book. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers for review. I was in no way compensated for this review it is my own opinion.