Mom insists, so the kids try to welcome Leonard to their neighborhood, but he has no use for their imaginative games: ""Naw,...

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Mom insists, so the kids try to welcome Leonard to their neighborhood, but he has no use for their imaginative games: ""Naw, man, it's just the dumb dog,"" he points out when they urge him to ""Lasso that ol' steer."" Meanwhile, Carter's lively illustrations show Leonard engrossed with rope, gears, and other paraphernalia of the young engineer. Sure enough, he turns out to have a garage full of his inventions, including a working vehicle that moves the story into fantasy. It's presented without subtlety, but first-time author Crowley gives his kids lively, believable dialogue; and while more plausible technology (especially in the illustrations) might have intrigued more, the book will entertain.

Pub Date: April 1, 1992

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 32

Publisher: "Little, Brown"

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 1992