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Lenny & Lucy by Philip C. Stead

Lenny & Lucy

by Philip C. Stead

Other authors: Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)

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Erin Stead's illustrations are beautiful. Her line quality is perfectly sketchy and rumpled-looking, and her animals and figures convey motion, posture and expression in a lively way, I can even picture how the dog would slink around. I also like the way she draws little old cars. After reading this book I found her description and photos of the process she uses to create the multi-textural appearance of her work. Look it up, it's neat!

This book's story is charming and weird enough not to just seem like a typical schmaltzy kid's book about friendship. The big fabric guardians that the protagonist builds are slightly looming and spooky-looking, but endearing through their silly clothes and polite mannerisms.

I read an interview with Stead where she said that she feels like picture books have become less weird over the past few decades. She and her husband Phil are doing a good job of bringing that sense of wonder, strangeness and surreality back to them. ( )
  motorbuffalo | Mar 19, 2017 |
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  Viona1987 | Dec 4, 2016 |
The story of a young boy who moves to a new home with his family in the thick of winter. His imagination takes hold and he creates snowman friends, Lenny and Lucy, to cheer him up and keep his mind off the scary dark woods that lurk beyond the bridge in front of his home. I love the illustration in this book and think it would be a fun example to use in an art class. ( )
  nicholekoch | Dec 2, 2016 |
This book is about a boy, Harold, who moved. He didn't like his new house and hated that they lived near the woods. There was a bridge separating his house from the woods.Harold used pillows and blankets to build a creature to watch the bridge to make sure all the bad things stayed on the other side. He named the creature Lenny. Harold thought Lenny was lonely so he built Lucy out of blankets and leaves to keep Lenny company. Then he met Millie and they played with Lucy and Lenny. Harold felt better about living there with Lenny and Lucy watching the bridge and he felt even better when he met Millie and had someone to play with.
  sabrenarose | Nov 27, 2016 |
The best part of this book is the way the illustrator, Erin E. Stead uses color. Mostly grey pencil, Stead slowly weaves color into the story to introduce new characters, and slowly bring life to a difficult time for Peter.
  SmuckersLewis | Oct 26, 2016 |
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