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LOST PROPERTY by Bruce Ingman


by Bruce Ingman & illustrated by Bruce Ingman

Pub Date: March 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-395-88900-6
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

The mind behind When Martha’s Away (1995) mines humor from the story of a family and a trail of disappearing objects. Maurice narrates; his mother is either gardening, shopping, knitting, or searching for lost objects, while his father sings in the shower, paints most of the exterior of the house, or looks high and low for a missing dry-cleaning ticket. A double-page spread of the dog, Mac, dressed in a man’s jacket, surrounded by all the missing objects allows readers to be in on the joke. As with Ingman’s previous book, onlookers will either love the art or find it hopelessly naive. The figures are uniformly stiff, but there are always expressive touches: the tilt of Mac’s eyes, the brush strokes that pass for Maurice’s pants, the cobbled-together garden of paint, ink lines, and seed packets. The story is not particularly new, but the pictures can be seen from the back of the room; the book works best as inspiration for children to put together their own scenes of comic domestic turmoil. (Picture book. 4-8)