Saturday, April 23, 2011
Lucy and the Green Man by Linda Newbery -- OPTIONAL
Newbery, Linda. Lucy and the Green Man, illustrated by Pam Smy. 218 pgs. David Fickling Books (Random House), 2010. $16.99. Sexual Content-G; Language-G; Violence-G. Lucy loves visiting her grandparent’s cottage in the country. Her Grandpa Will tells her about his special friend, Lob. Lob is a green man – a magical creature who helps around the garden, but only shows himself to a few people. Lucy’s parents think Lob is pretend and Lucy’s friends at her school in London tease her about him. When Lucy’s grandpa dies, she badly wants Lob to come be her special friend. She writes several letters to Lob, and begins to think she’ll never see him again. Meanwhile, Lob is having adventures of his own. He is trapped and caged by a gardener and has to escape and eventually makes it to a garden spot in London. The book is broken up into sections and between each section is a paragraph or two of nature prose that feels like a blank verse poem. For example, “Indoor forest. Scents and fruits, glossy leaves, clambering stems. Flare of bold trumpet flowers. . .” The detailed ink illustrations are throughout the book and help tell the story. The novel has the same gentle, rural charm as Jeanne Birdsall’s The Penderwicks. EL – OPTIONAL. Samantha, Public Librarian.