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Brief Thiefby Michael Escoffier
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Witty, humorous illustrations of great charm tell this story of conscience and mistaken identity as thoroughly as the book's delightful text. Here a lizard takes the liberty of using what seem to be some old underpants when he runs out of toilet paper. What he doesn't count on is that his own conscience and an outraged rabbit will be watching.
"Be forewarned — this story from the team behind Rabbit and the Not-So-Big-Bad-Wolf centers on the act of wiping after a poo. Yet it teaches a worthy lesson with sparkling dialogue and an excellent punch line. Goggle-eyed chameleon Leon, out in the forest doing his business, finds himself without any paper and instead uses a pair of underpants that are hanging on a tree. They appear to be abandoned, and 'anyway, they're full of holes.' Di Giacomo suggests the forest's leaves and trees with splashed green paint, but her main interest is Leon's beautifully abashed expressions. When a disembodied voice addresses Leon — 'It's me, your conscience' — his anguished grin gives the lie to his excuses. The voice bullies Leon into restoring things to their original state: 'Go on, scrub! Like you mean it!' It turns out that there's someone else in the forest who has a very specific use for those underpants. Escoffier has unusual insight into the psychology of doing something bad and getting caught. Readers will wince along with Leon, and laugh out loud when they find out what the underpants are really for. Ages 4 — 8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
When he runs out of toilet paper, Leon must find something else to use. With that, his troubles begin.
About the Author
Born in Brazil, Kris Di Giacomo is a popular children's book illustrator who has lived in France for a long time. After a brief stint in the United States, she moved to France, where teaching English to young children and discovering French picture books were the triggers that led her into illustration. She has illustrated twenty picture books, a few of which she has written as well.
Michael Escoffier was born in France in 1970. Raised by a family of triceratops, he discovered his passion for writing and telling stories at a young age. He lives in Lyon, where he teaches and writes, with his wife and two children.
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