Friday, August 7, 2015

Hector's Shell by Thomas Radcliffe -- ESSENTIAL

Radcliffe, Thomas Hector's Shell. PICTURE BOOK. Little Bee Books (Bonnier Publishing Group), 2015. $16.99. Content: G.

After an enjoyable day at the beach, Hector returns to his towel -- only to discover that the shell he carefully set there is missing. When his desperate search ends in futility and failure, he decides to make a new shell. Unfortunately, the only thing that's truly suited to be his shell is, well, his shell.

At 40 pages, this picture book is a bit heftier than average, but it's fun enough to be worth the length, especially for students with slightly longer attentions spans. The illustrations are quirky and lively; the details make them good for a whole-group read-aloud, but even better for individual, up-close reading. Hector's attempts to replace his shell are varied, creative, and often hilarious. The final lesson at the end may go over Hector's head, but could cause epiphanies for students who have had trouble keeping track of their own possessions.

EL (K-3) -- ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: Caryn

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