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During the course of a year a child produces a series of outlandish excuses why an overdue book has not yet been returned to Miss Folio's library.
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Kindergarten-Grade 2-- In four wordless pages, a mother and child approach the "Children's Library," where they find Miss Folio, the librarian, hanging Christmas decorations. They choose a book, take it home, and the child proceeds to share it in various rooms with assorted family members. The text begins on the next page, in January, with "Sorry, Miss Folio. . ." plus the reason that the book has not been returned. This scene is repeated 12 times in all, as the child returns each month with a different reason why the book is somewhere other than back at the library. The story returns to its original wordless format as Christmas comes again, bringing Miss Folio a card made by the errant borrower, plus a (new?) copy of the long-lost book. The first-person narrative and the humorous, cartoon-like, bright crayon over ink illustrations, alternating between full-page and boxed comic-strip style, are reminiscent of James Stevenson's picture books, but lack the focus and impact of his wild tales. The humor wears thin here as the situation repeats, especially in reading aloud. Readers/listeners who are willing to suspend disbelief and accept the situation as presented may wonder in frustration how this family managed to recover the book 12 times without having the sense to return it to the library before the next terrible thing happened. --Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, Pa.
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Book Description Kane/Miller Book Publishers, 1988. Condition: New. Frederic Joos (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0916291189