ODDLY by Joyce Dunbar, illustrated by Patrick Benson (Candlewick Press)

June 29, 2009 at 3:56 pm Leave a comment

oddlyThree endearing creatures, Lostlet, Stranglet and Oddlet search for something missing in their inner world, and seek to find it in their outer world.  Lostlet’s not sure of where he is and is hoping for something.  Stranglet is not sure of what he is and is dreaming for something.  Oddlet is not sure of who he is and is wishing for something.  Their questions and desires are realized after they befriend a lost boy who ran too far from home, and comfort him. Each offers him their most precious object; a leaf, a pebble and a shell.  The boy explains what he misses most; Mom, home and love, and what they mean.  The three adorable creatures are transformed as they understand that this is what they have been missing.  The illustrations are tender and engaging.  Using spare text this beautiful tale conveys themes reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz.  Great book for a storytime or sharing one-on-one.

Picture Book Ages 4-8, recommended- Anne Beier (Hendrick Hudson Free Library)

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