Monday, January 14, 2013

GIVEAWAY ~ LOST AND FOUND written by Bill Harley, illustrated by Adam Gustavson

About Book

A little courage yields unexpected surprises when Justin visits the dreaded lost and found.

When Justin loses the special hat his grandmother made for him, he looks everywhere he can think of to find it. Everywhere, that is, except the lost and found. Mr. Rumkowsky, the old school custodian, is the keeper of all the lost and found items, and everyone is afraid of him, including Justin.

With his grandmother coming to visit soon, his mom upset, and the hat nowhere in sight, Justin finally musters the courage to enter Mr. Rumkowsky's domain. There he discovers a whole world of treasures - lost items Justin's friends (and generations of children before them) have been too afraid to claim. Things keep getting weirder and weirder, until way down at the bottom of Rumkowsky's giant box Justin unearths something completely unexpected...

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (October 1, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1561456284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561456284
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.8 x 0.4 inches

Author and Illustrator

Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy Award-winning storyteller, musician, and writer who has been writing and performing for kids and families for more than twenty years. He is the recipient of Parents' Choice and ALA awards. Bill won a 2007 Grammy Award for his children's storytelling album Blah Blah Blah and a 2009 Grammy Award for his children's spoken-word album Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live. He lives in Massachusetts.

You can visit Bill Harley’s website here.

Adam Gustavson has illustrated sixteen books for children, including Mind Your Manners, Alice Roosevelt! and Snow Day!. He lives in New Jersey.

You can visit Adam Gustavson’s website here.

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My Thoughts

Justin has lost his favorite hat! It is blue and white with orange stars all the way around the hat. The main reason it is his favorite hat is because his grandmother made it especially for him.  He just has to find his hat.

Justin and some of his friends looked all over the playground at school for his hat.  A friend told him it might be in the Lost and Found.  But everyone was afraid of Mr. Rumkowsky the janitor and he was in charge of the Lost and Found.  So instead of going to Lost and Found he searched all over his classroom and still had no luck finding his hat.  He was not ready to go to Lost and Found.  After several days of looking for the hat his mother reminded him to go to the Lost and Found.

OH, NO! That means he would have to face Mr. Rumkowsky.

Where could Justin find his hat?  Will he face Mr. Rumkowsky at Lost and Found?

The author's tale is one many children have to face at one time are another.  Like facing a teacher, librarian, principal or maybe even the janitor. He emphasizes on how kids feed on each others fear. When there is usually nothing there to fear but fear itself.  The illustrations are right on with the authors story.  The characters are realistic as is all the the lost and found depicted in the story.  It is a fun tale of many things lost and found.  

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book 5 out of 5

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review it is my own opinion.

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  1. Great idea for a book and thanks for sharing your thoughts. The greatest fear is fear itself I think.

  2. What a great idea! I wish more kids at our school would come looking for things that are lost. I'm always amazed at how much stuff never gets claimed.

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    1. Congrats! Hiedi you have won the giveaway for LOST AND FOUND!


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