No one knows how it happened, but somehow, young Lucy finds herself falling straight down the mountain, and it is just as terrifying for her as you would imagine.
Readers first meet protagonist Lucy on the reverse of the title page as she begins to fall down the mountain, a tiny figure tumbling down next to the copyright statement. Opposite the gutter, in a closer view, she is seen to be wide-eyed and cold, and all manner of things are tumbling out of her backpack. As luck would have it, she meets a “mountain man” along the way who can throw her a rope…except he throws it away instead. Down and down she goes, meeting a kooky cast of characters (a “bungeeing duck”—who actually isn’t bungeeing; a “great, shuffling pile of bears”) along the way. Bright illustrations with vivid colors and a very expressive Lucy give this quirky, quick nonsense tale a whole lot of personality. Large type scattered across the pages along with Lucy and her belongings make it fun for new readers. Lucy’s personality shines through as she ultimately is able to save herself from her predicament, hitting the snow with heads and legs tucked so she turns into a “tiny kid comet,” even if she can’t rescue herself from puking (although kids will find this hilarious). Lucy has brown skin and straight, dark hair, and the mountain man is brown-skinned as well.
All in all, this is a fun one. (Picture book. 3-6)