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When Alexander becomes lost in the city, his stuffed dog Felix comes to rescue him, only to become lost himself.
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PreSchool-Grade 2 Alexander, who can't have pets in his city apartment, has Felix, a stuffed dog, with whom he talks and laughs. One day Alex fails to return at the expected time, and Felix goes out in search of his owner, accidentally ripping his side on the way. After a taxing journey through the threatening city streets, Felix finds Alex, but now both are a long way from home. They follow the trail of Felix's dropped stuffing to find their way back. Like Alex and Felix, the story seems lost and without direction. For any fantasy to work, there must be some type of bridge from the real to the fanciful world, allowing readers to suspend disbelief. This book doesn't meet that criterion. Without that bridge, the basic premisea stuffed dog coming to life and rescuing his ownerremains implausible. The story itself is told in unimaginative prose. Carefully executed framed line and wash illustrations are much more effective than the text. The city streets become increasingly ominous as dark falls. Buildings become hungry monsters ready to gobble helpless lost creatures. Unfortunately, the visual drama isn't enough to excuse the flawed narrative. Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, Wis.
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Book Description Houghton Mifflin (Juv), 1988. Library Binding. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110395486610
Book Description Houghton Mifflin (Juv), 1988. Library Binding. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0395486610