- Title: Mr. Lunch Borrows a Canoe
- Author: Vivian Walsh, J. Otto Seibold
- Released: 1994-09-01
- Pages: 32
- ISBN: 0670856614
- ISBN13: 978-0670856619
- ASIN: 0670856614
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal Kindergarten-Grade 3-Mr. Lunch, a professional canine bird-chaser, borrows an elephant's canoe and paddles all the way to Venice, where he finds a pigeon-packed plaza to clear. Although each page of this off-the-wall story is filled with action and detail, Seibold's computer-generated cartoons are extremely stylized and one-dimensional, making it occasionally difficult to recognize simple animals (even Mr. Lunch himself) and objects (water as opposed to land). Furthermore, although the artwork is done in full color, the mustard-and-red color scheme has the appearance of old-fashioned, two-color printing. Fortunately, there are redeeming serendipitous qualities here. The two-page constellation spread depicting the dog paddling over the world to Venice and the renovated, gondola-inspired canoe that he returns to his elephant friend are especially delightful.
Claudia Cooper, Ft. Stockton Independent School District, TX
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