...soft coats the idea that the ""different"" member of a group can make his special contribution too. Manuelo wasn't a misfit, he'd never been out-fitted at all--with one of the armor-plated shells the others in his armadillo family sported. Walter Lorraine's heavily outlined, lumpish green, black, orange and pink illustrations make the most of the humorous possibilities as poor Manuelo peeks hopefully and uncomfortably from the various outlandish shell substitutes that his helpful friends suggest. Eventually he has his day--his family is captured, but in his raw state he is able to slip out of the cage and save them all. It's a nicely dressed bit of nonsense to have as an accessory.