Poor Archer can’t find his pet turtle!
Endpapers show toys, books, and other odds and ends, hinting at the protagonist’s disorganized ways. A title-page illustration then depicts these same items strewn on the floor like a path that leads to an open terrarium. The titular turtle is seen in the act of crawling out of the tank, which may leave readers wondering why there’s no lid. A child appears on the dedication page, looking for something, and the turtle isn’t visible. The text begins on the next spread with the statement that “Archer lost things,” so apparently having his pet turtle, Kevin, go missing isn’t an uncommon occurrence in his life. Luckily, his patient, tidy mom is there to encourage him and help him find his beloved pet. As he searches indoors and out for Kevin, Archer follows his mother’s sage advice that there’s “a place for everything, and everything in its place.” He finds various and sundry lost items, then tries to think like Kevin in order to create an inviting space for the turtle to return to. Hughes’ illustrations change perspective and shift from full-room vistas to spot illustrations to support visual interest and entice readers with an I-spy sort of experience as they join Archer in his search for Kevin. Both Archer and his mom have light beige skin and brown hair.
Here’s a book that will find its way into readers’ hearts. (Picture book. 3-6)