Friday, March 16, 2012
Lenny and Tweek, Wanted: A Friend
Author and Illustrator: Klaus Baumgart
English Translation by Baumhaus Verlag
This sweet tale of friendship opens with lonely Lenny looking for a friend- a person who he will never get bored with. Tweek is his unlikely helper in this quest.
Together, they play- take an aeroplane ride ( refer the book cover), hunt for treasure, swim, cook and just talk, as they wait and look for the elusive friend.
And does Lenny find a friend in the end? What do you think?
There are some priceless observations, the kind you hear kids make: "Chocolate pudding is good for you if you put plenty of carrots in it..."
The illustrations are appealing and filled with interesting twists. For instance, the one where Lenny watches a real sunrise through a hollow television set is endearingly whimsical.
The author is also known for his series -Laura's Star. He was the first German to be shortlisted for the Children's Book Award in 1999. Here is a link to an interview with him.