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A Dilly of a Book

by Andy Myer & illustrated by Andy Myer

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: March 8th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7624-4018-4
Publisher: Running Press Kids

Alec enjoys pickles’ snappy yumminess in all their great shades and variations, but no one understands his heartfelt adoration for them. Though he earnestly expresses their "picklicious" qualities at every opportunity, his family and classmates bluntly point out their vinegary shortcomings. “Pickles won’t fetch sticks. / You can’t play sports with them. / They make terrible kites.” The child's quirky fascination leaves him with a haunting sense of loneliness. A cucumber truck randomly appears at this low moment, and Alec hops aboard. He experiences the pickling process firsthand until Inspector 105 scoops him off the conveyor belt and straight into the hands of the company's president, who sees a golden marketing opportunity. Alec's catchy slogan catapults the boy to local-celebrity status, and the once-scoffed-at vegetable becomes a popular treat. The illustrations include some humorous details, with pickle-shaped objects adorning the factory’s space, and quivering lines denote Alec’s vulnerability. There’s not much pizzazz in the descriptions, though, to spice the lackluster narration. "His parents were very proud. His friends were very surprised." Alec is earnest enough, but his campy enthusiasm is a bit hard to choke down and leaves behind a slightly sour aftertaste. (Picture book. 4-8)