LUCY AND THE GREEN MAN by Linda Newbery

LUCY AND THE GREEN MAN

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Age Range: 8 - 11

KIRKUS REVIEW

Lucy loves her summers at her grandparents’ cottage. She and her grandfather have a special ability shared by a select few: Their penchant for growing things and their love of the natural world means that they can both see Lob, an incarnation of the traditional green man who helps out in the garden, bestowing growing magic wherever he goes. When Lucy’s dear grandfather dies and his garden is paved over for new homes, both Lucy and Lob are at a loss. Lucy invites Lob to come and live with her, but she and her family don’t have a garden plot at their London home. The narrative traces Lucy’s journey and Lob’s—occasionally presenting Lob’s point of view in haiku-like verses printed in large type—as they try to find each other again. With a decidedly old-fashioned feel, the story moves at a leisurely pace, keeping at the forefront the importance of connection to the earth and its seasons. Unfortunately, the rather flat characters, particularly Lucy, may not be compelling enough to make readers care. (Magical adventure. 8-11)

Pub Date: Nov. 9th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-385-75204-6
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: David Fickling/Random
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2010




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