The unlikely protagonist of this quirky and tenderhearted story is a little old lady with cat glasses and a beehive who might have stepped out of The Far Side. Lonely, she names inanimate objects-her car is Betsy, her bed is Roxanne. A stray dog wanders into her life but she refuses to name it; after losing many friends "she named only those things she knew she could never outlive." When the dog disappears, however, she realizes that finding him-and subsequently naming him-is worth the risk of outliving him. Brown's (Boris) hilarious, disproportionate depictions of the cowboy-booted woman and her belongings give this tale much of its bounce. Betsy the car has grinning grillwork and huge fins; Fred the chair has buttons for eyes and a rearing, pompadour-like back cushion. This sweet and silly story has solid kid appeal and the Larsonesque visuals will tickle more than a few grown-ups. Ages 4-8. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to theHardcoveredition.
Of the many children's books I read and review, I have never been disappointed with any of Cynthia Rylant's work. She is by far my favorite children's author. This book was no exception, and in fact I strongly feel that this is her best so far; and if you are at all familiar with this author's work, then you know how what a bold statement that is! I do not care what age you are, find a copy of this work and read it. If you don't have a kid around, go borrow one somewhere if … more