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Blanket & Bear, a Remarkable Pair

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From debut picture book author L.J.R. Kelly, and acclaimed illustrator Yoko Tanaka, comes a poignant ode to well-loved toys in the vein of picture book favorites such as The Velveteen Rabbit, The Giving Tree, and Knuffle Bunny.

Blanket and Bear have always gone everywhere with their boy—but one day they are accidentally left behind. On a daring adventure across oceans and faraway lands, they travel to find their way back to the boy, meeting new friends along the way. 

 

Review:

"When a blanket and teddy bear are separated from their beloved owner, they turn into a questing duo: the bear, an indomitable Odysseus, braving the elements and even resisting the pull of an island of 'lost blankets and bears,/ living in retirement,/ without worries or cares,' while the blanket serves as a sail, tent, parachute, and source of warmth. When the remarkable pair finally does find the boy, he's 'so grown-up! so tall!' with a new focus for his affection: sports and girls. A happy ending that sends the two back to the island ('No longer owned,/ free to do as they wish') keeps this bittersweet story from falling into the downer camp. Kelly, a debut author (and grandson of Roald Dahl), writes austere, emotionally blunt rhymes ('they were no longer needed./ Their time was now through') that, when combined with Tanaka's (One Moon, Two Cats) velvety but highly formal acrylic illustrations, keep the book's more playful fantasy elements in check. On the spectrum of stories about the inner lives of playthings, this is more Velveteen Rabbit than Toy Story. Ages 3 — 5. Illustrator's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

L. J. R. Kelly was born in London, England, and comes from a family filled with other writers—including his sister, mother, father, aunts and grandfather. He is the vice-chairman of the literary estate of his grandfather, Roald Dahl. He studied politics at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and writing at Dartmouth College. He lives and writes in the hills of New Hampshire. Visit him at www.LJRKelly.com.

 
Yoko Tanaka is a graduate of the Art Center College in Pasadena, California and has illustrated several books for children, including the New York Times bestseller, The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo. Yoko lives in London, England. You can visit Yoko at www.yokotanaka.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780399256813
Author:
Kelly, L. J. R.
Publisher:
Putnam Publishing Group
Author:
Kelly, L.J.R.
Author:
Tanaka, Yoko
Author:
Kelly, Luke
Subject:
Toys, Dolls, & Puppets
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Edition Description:
Hardback - picture book
Publication Date:
20130831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to K
Language:
English
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
9 x 8.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 3 up to 5

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "When a blanket and teddy bear are separated from their beloved owner, they turn into a questing duo: the bear, an indomitable Odysseus, braving the elements and even resisting the pull of an island of 'lost blankets and bears,/ living in retirement,/ without worries or cares,' while the blanket serves as a sail, tent, parachute, and source of warmth. When the remarkable pair finally does find the boy, he's 'so grown-up! so tall!' with a new focus for his affection: sports and girls. A happy ending that sends the two back to the island ('No longer owned,/ free to do as they wish') keeps this bittersweet story from falling into the downer camp. Kelly, a debut author (and grandson of Roald Dahl), writes austere, emotionally blunt rhymes ('they were no longer needed./ Their time was now through') that, when combined with Tanaka's (One Moon, Two Cats) velvety but highly formal acrylic illustrations, keep the book's more playful fantasy elements in check. On the spectrum of stories about the inner lives of playthings, this is more Velveteen Rabbit than Toy Story. Ages 3 — 5. Illustrator's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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