O. LOST by Sonia Lisker


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A little boy is lost in the zoo where every creature, human and animal, seems to be happily secure in family groups, and as the boy walks past cage after cage of mother/child pairs the word. less drawings follow, or rather force, his growing sense of panic. Then, having wandered into the woods, the boy finds a little Chinese kid, younger than himself and even more scared, and the two return together to find both their families for a happy reunion. The pictures are slicked over with cotton candy pink and yellow which doesn't hide their underlying banality -- everyone looks more or less alike except for obvious tags like color, slant eyes, beards, etc. so that we weren't sure we'd even recognize the boy's parents when they turned up. And though Lisker does make some attempt to project herself into his fantasies, trailing the boy as he wanders from frame to france is a bit of a chore.

Pub Date: March 19th, 1975
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich