Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters by KG Campbell is the Picture Book Illustration Winner, 2013 Golden Kite Awards as well as the Recipient of the 2013 Ezra Keats New Illustrator Honor.
Lester is very particular, everything in his world must be just so. He measures his socks to make sure they are sufficiently even and even keeps a notebook of everything from “Forty-Four Foul Foods” to “Stinky Things Beginning with B.” When his Cousin Clara moves in she begins to knit him, hilariously dreadful, unique sweaters, as she says, she is a “curiously speedy knitter.” As the story unfolds Cousin Clara produces, from her knitting needles, sweater after sweater, each beating the last out in terms of horrific awfulness. Lester must think of a way to get rid of them for good — or be doomed to look like a clown forever.
K.G. Campbell is both author and artist of Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters creating words and illustrations that amplify the terrible, horrible, magnificently bad sweaters that strange fates vary from “What a mysterious accident” to “It’s an inexplicable tragedy.”
The pencil crayon art is the perfect medium, giving a soft hue to Lester’s dire situation as each sweater outdoes the last. “It was shriveled yet saggy. It has holes where it shouldn’t and none where it should. It was a less-than-pleasant yellow and smothered with purple pom-poms.” Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters truly contains imaginative word choice and art.
Lester comes up with creative ways to dispose of his dreadful sweaters, but he can’t get rid of them quickly enough. When Lester uses enlists the help of some good-natured clowns he solves his sweater problem and even manages to break out of his shell a little.
Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters shows a child finding a solution to his own problems. Parents can use “Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters” as a quite guide that inside each of us is the hope to discover our own answers. Lester is a nice child, and his Cousin Clara ends up happy too, the storyline is resolved in an amusing, satisfying and very clever way.
Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters is a book that’s just fun. The writing and the drawings are so clever, this book will be reread, enjoyed and sure to become a bedtime favorite.
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Visit: http://kgcampbell.com/ to find out more about Mr Campbell’s work.