Natalie Jane Prior (text), Cheryl Orsini (illus.), Lucy’s Book, Lothian, 28 February 2017, 32pp., $26.99 (hbk), ISBN 9780734416605
Every Saturday morning, Lucy and her mum visit the library. When the librarian suggests a special book for her, Lucy loves the book so much she wants to read it over and over, and takes it everywhere she goes. She shares it with her friends and soon knows the book off by heart. But one day this very loved book is missing from the shelves. What will Lucy do?
Lucy’s Book highlights the special connection a reader can have with just the right book. It also depicts the interesting journey a library book makes from new to worn out, through the hands of countless readers in all sorts of different environments. I enjoyed sharing this charming story with the young children in our school library. They could make connections with their own special books that they know off by heart. They gasped when the book became a banana sandwich, and oohed and ahhed when the book ended up in China. The whimsical illustrations perfectly suit the story, and we especially loved the way the book covers changed to reflect Lucy’s mood.
Recommended for young readers and a must for every library.
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Reviewed by Sharon Seymour