TIM AND THE BLANKET THIEF by John Prater

TIM AND THE BLANKET THIEF

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Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Tim is, well, timid; unlike the boisterous other children Prater depicts in his engaging, freely rendered pencil-and- watercolor illustrations, he doesn't like ``noisy, messy fun or being splashed or roughhousing.'' What he does love, despite the teasing, is his blanket; and when a pointy-hatted creature--a sort of shadow with a shadow of its own--steals this constant companion while Tim sleeps, he sets out, with unaccustomed boldness, in a dreamlike pursuit over mountains and seas to the thief's ``dreadful lair.'' Tim's brave demand for his blanket dissipates the thief's ``huge darkness,'' whereupon the lad retrieves not only his own but a hoard of other ``blankets, teddy bears, and best-loved toys'' and goes home to a hero's welcome. In the manner of Martin Waddell, Prater relates this child-sized drama with kindly humor and real empathy, and without a trace of condescension. Nice. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 29th, 1993
ISBN: 0-689-31881-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 1993




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