Books by Patrick Loehr

MUCUMBER MCGEE AND THE LUNCH LADY’S LIVER by Patrick Loehr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

Tummy troubles persist in this tepid follow-up to Mucumber McGee and the Half-Eaten Hot Dog (2007). When Mucumber arrives late to the school cafeteria for lunch he finds that all the food has been passed out, save a single item. Though the lunch lady informs him that this plate of liver cake is a delicious dish, our hero isn't sold on the idea. His sister tries to convince him that he's been handed spleen to eat, and the smell can only be described as akin to "rotten cheese." Readers will probably be unsurprised to find that when Mucumber actually tries the liver it proves to be a tasty treat. The rhymes are barely passable ("The lunch lady was watching. / Mucumber felt her stare. / He saw her grab her cleaver / and wave it in the air") and the pictures provide the usual dense, dark fare seen in so many other macabre picture books. Still, it is difficult to dislike too heartily a book praising the taste and nutritious benefits of a foodstuff as repulsive as liver. Adequate but forgettable. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
MUCUMBER MCGEE AND THE HALF-EATEN HOT DOG by Patrick Loehr
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

Loehr matches irregularly metered verse to shadowy Charles Addams-style illustrations for his debut—and both are wrong for his lightly comical tale of a peckish lad who eats part of a raw hot dog, then panics when his sister tells him he'll probably die. " ‘DIE?' said Mucumber. / ‘Oh my goodness golly gee. / I was simply hungry— / I was as hungry as can be.' " Pale-faced, sad-looking and clad in bowtie, jacket and short pants, Mucumber roams an elegantly furnished mansion with his pet lizard, until at last his mother finds him, lovingly informs him that he's in no danger since hot dogs are precooked, and then offers a sumptuous repast of beans and plum cake, with pictures as overwrought as the text, this cuts no mustard next to Mo Willems's Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog (2004). (Picture book. 6-8)Read full book review >