Monday, July 15, 2013

Mr. Lunch borrows a Canoe

Author & Illustrator:   J.Otto Seibold & Vivian Walsh
Publisher:  Viking
Publication Year:  1994
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell

Awards:   Publisher's Weekly starred review

Summary:  Mr. Lunch is a dog who is a professional bird-chaser. One day, the birds were invited to the Elephant Brant Bird Seed Company's annual picnic. At the picnic, Mr. Lunch borrows a canoe from the elephant and goes for a ride down the river. He sets up a tent to camp, but a bear recognizes him and Mr. Lunch paddles away from the bear. He falls asleep in the boat, and ends up in Venice. When he goes to explore the city, he must (of course) empty the plaza of all those pesky pigeons and the city honors him with its traditional gift, the Golden Outboard Motor. He takes the motor an returns home to his bird-chasing business. Seibold was one of the first illustrators to ever use computer-generated art and his quirky, campy,  childlike style is highly recognizable.

Classroom Ideas: It would be interesting to talk about the fantasy/reality aspect of this book-- could you really fall asleep in a canoe and end up in Venice?


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