CHAIN LETTER by Lucille Lang Day


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Age Range: 5 - 8
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The U.S. Postal Service warns consumers, “If you mail chain letters, you could be committing a federal crime.” While this offering may not constitute a felony, or even a misdemeanor, it does represent a fairly pointless exercise that’s clearly meant to be fun, but lacks any context that might help kids understand the joke. The text is the chain letter itself, which informs readers that if they send out 10,000 copies within 24 hours of receipt, they “will receive good luck within four days.” Examples of such good luck include a stretch limo and a free elephant. Poor Oakley Funk ignored the letter, was bitten by a rattlesnake in the toilet and died. Pedestrian cartoons accompany the text, depicting the actions and events described but rarely extending it. Neither text nor cartoons attempt to inform readers exactly what a chain letter is, both reaching only for random silliness that might elicit a giggle or two but ultimately denying children any kind of coherent story. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 28th, 2005
ISBN: 1-59714-011-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Heyday
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2005


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