by Leigh Hodgkinson
This book is laugh-out-loud hilarious. Readers haven't seen such a wacky character since a certain Pigeon who demands to drive a bus. Breaking the fourth wall and addressing the audience directly at every opportunity, scintillating peacock Limelight Larry is quick to deride the interlopers who have managed to finagle their way into HIS story. "Bear is too popular, Bunny is too cute, Elephant is too big and smart, Bird is too funny, Wolf is too interested in fairy tales, and Mouse is too nice and helpful (and had been in too many pages for Larry's liking.) It would be fair to say that everybody is cramping Larry's style!"
Pages that start out with plenty of white space grow more colorful as more and more characters crowd their way in, and then turn blue and green when Larry shoos everyone away so he can enjoy the limelight that he feels he is properly due. It's a surprise ending of course, with Larry realizing that being in the limelight isn't much fun without a proper audience. Exuberant collage with a bit of foil effects on Larry's peacock tail paired with a wide variety of fonts that lend emphasis to Larry's overly dramatic style all adds to the fun in this silly, enjoyable picture book. Don't miss the glowing "review" blurbs quoted on the back cover by Limelight Larry, President Limelight Larry and Mr. L. Larry... or the author's website at www.wonkybutton.com.
This is a fun romp for readers aged 5-8. Highly recommended.
I borrowed this book from the library.