Picture Book Review: Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters, by K.G. Campbell


Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters, by K.G. Campbell

A fastidious fellow, Lester likes everything just so. So when Cousin Clara moves in and knits him truly dreadful sweaters as fast as he can surreptitiously dispose of them, Lester must think of a way to get rid of them for good — or be doomed to look like a clown forever.

Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Kids Can Press, Ltd. (September 1, 2012)


 My Review:
The only thing better than an original picture book is an original picture book that’s funny.  I laughed out loud at some of poor Lester’s sweaters and his “solution” for them.

I think that every child knows the feeling of being forced to wear something truly dreadful.  Lester’s sweaters all meet with a mysterious demise until he comes up with a solution that makes everyone happy.

Campbell’s illustrations are as fantastic as his writing.  They are simple, humorous, and add just the right touch to complete the story.

Super funny, original, and witty, Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters is destined to be a classic!

About the Author/Illustrator:

Keith Gordon Campbell was born in a steamy, exotic place with wildebeest and other ungainly creatures. But he was promptly packed off to spend his tender years on a damp and salty island nation in the Far North.
In the shadow of a looming castle, Keith was educated in an old, turreted school with ghosts and secret passages and stuff. There he learned to love all things ghoulish, ghastly and rather gothic.
He wasn’t one for chasing after balls or playing leapfrog; he preferred, even then, to find quiet corners where he could write peculiar stories and illustrate them with funny characters.
Later, he graduated from another old school with a Masters in art history. That, it turned out, wasn’t a terribly useful trade (in fact, it’s not a trade at all), but somehow or other (he could never quite explain how) it turned him into an interior designer — in Hollywood of all the unexpected places!
But Keith never could stop thinking up stories and pictures to go with them. He kept writing and drawing, ’til finally somebody noticed how hard he was working and decided to make him an author.
Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters is the first book written and illustrated by Keith, but certainly not the last.  Next year will see his illustrations in Tea Party Rules by Ame Dyckman (Viking) and the new middle grade novel (title top secret) from best-selling author Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick Press).
The next book both written and illustrated by Keith, The Mermaid and the Shoe, will be released Spring 2014.

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