Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters
A fastidious fellow, Lester likes everything just so. So when Cousin Clara moves in and knits him truly dreadful sweaters as fast as he can surreptitiously dispose of them, Lester must think of a way to get rid of them for good — or be doomed to look like a clown forever.
I love Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters. It’s one of my favorite picture books I’ve ever read. It has that quirky, silly feel to it that I always seem to appreciate. Lester, I suspect, has a mild case of OCD. His hair must always be combed to perfection and his socks must be at just the perfect length. He’s a very serious child. When Cousin Clara comes to live with them she begins making him the most dreadful sweaters, with random holes and upside down pockets and huge poms poms. Lester’s mother makes him wear them to school so he decides it’s time to get rid of the sweaters, but Cousin Clara can knit them faster than he can destroy them. What he really needs is to find someone who will appreciate Cousin Clara’s unusual sweaters. This book makes a good use of alliteration and onomatopoeia. There are also some potential vocabulary boosters present. The illustrations are perfect. It’s just a stellar book. My one and only complaint is that I don’t like the way the dialogue is written. It often breaks up sentences in an unnatural way. Aside from that, this a favorite.
Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Rating & Recommendations
★★★★☆ – Very Enjoyable. Highly Recommended
Age Group: 4+
Subjects/Interests: sweaters, family, clowns, quirky books
Kids Can Press, 2012
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