LUCKY RUSSELL by Brad Sneed

LUCKY RUSSELL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In his first solo book, the illustrator of Grandpa's Song (1991) tells a familiar story: a kitten, longing for an important job, volunteers for one farm task after another (""You're too cute,"" barks the dog. ""You gotta have a mean look and a low growl to protect the farm"") until the farmer points out what a fine playmate he makes for a little girl. What's special here is the individuality of Sneed's animals--as revealed in their brisk conversations and in energetic watercolors notable for their intimate close-ups and angled perspectives; a creatively posed take of little Russell peering into the huge, gently bent face of a horse from between his enormous hooves is worth the price of the book. An unusual and original barnyard tour.

Pub Date: Oct. 21st, 1992
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Putnam