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. Volume XIII Number 3 . . . . September 29, 2006
This story is well-pitched for its target audience. The language is simple, but there is vocabulary enough to keep an advancing reader satisfied. There are additional speech bubbles that add a nice touch to each page, offering words from Kitty, Daniel, Mom or Dad, or thoughts from Mr. Tubs himself. Chamberlain's illustrations make the story colourful, lively, and exciting to read—not to mention, look at.
While children will like Mr. Tubs as a character, and hopefully enjoy the light irony of the ending, it is somewhat discouraging that Kitty never learns that she is responsible for Mr. Tubs's disappearance. One distraction in the book is the amount of wildlife that appears while Mr. Tubs is alone in the forest. He encounters (and mentally interacts with): a rabbit, a fox, a deer, an owl, a snake, a vole, two weasels, imaginary bears, and a badger. The experience of reading the descriptions is a bit exhausting, even for an adult reader.
Mr. Tubs is Lost! succeeds in offering children an adventurous—but mostly close to home—tale of a teddy bear that loves his owner more than anything in the world. That is something that any kindergarten-aged beginning reader will appreciate and understand. This story, most of all, is one that any child will feel proud of having read themselves.
Sandi Harrison is currently completing her Master of Arts in Children's Literature at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.
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