Review: Lucy

Posted on August 18, 2016


lucy cover
By Randy Cecil
Candlewick Press
August 2016
144 pages

In the town of Bloomville, every morning a little white street dog makes her rounds and stops in front of a red door. She patiently waits for a girl named Eleanor to lower a scrap of food tied to a piece of string from her window. Sam, who is Eleanor’s dad, practically trips over the white dog as he leaves for his job at the grocery store every morning. Eleanor names the dog Lucy. Even though life is hard on the street Lucy gets by, except that she is always hungry and dreams of a home. Eleanor does okay on her own every day while Sam is working but she is lonely and yearns for a friend. And she loves dogs. Sam is an unhappy grocery store clerk and longs to be a juggler on the vaudeville stage. The problem is he suffers from stage fright. It’s perfectly clear that Lucy, Eleanor, and Sam belong together. Their paths keep crossing in the search for their hearts’ desires. Then one fateful meeting in the park results in a happy accident that is pure magic. Cecil’s simple story of finding bliss unfolds in four acts over 144 pages. Textured black and white illustrations framed in circles achieve the look of vintage cartoons from the vaudeville era. Lucy is an achingly sweet story about longing and companionship that will captivate young readers again and again.

Copyright (c) 2016 by Peggy Tibbetts

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