Larry is the star of this book. He's pretty loud about it, which is why a mouse, bird, elephant, bear, and wolf have asked to be part of the book. They also have ideas on ways to add to the story, but Larry will have none of it. When they all go away, Larry is left to take the limelight for himself. That should make him happy, right?
I was a little skeptical of Limelight Larry. As picture book characters go, he's pretty obnoxious (which is probably the point). The author steers Larry into the limelight solo, and he learns a valuable lesson. Overall, the story is well done. The pages are chock full, with text in different styles and sizes and lots of patterns. Kids will have plenty to look at while you read because it is a bit text-dense. This is a book I would read with second or third graders.
Bright colors, varied text, and an egomaniac peacock come together in a story that has a valuable lesson for kids.
Through Larry kids learn about ego, selfishness, and how lonely that can be.
Periodically stop in the story and ask the kids what they think of Larry. Do they know someone like him? Do they find it hard to share? WIth older readers, the text creates opportunities to decode idioms (limelight, bee's knees) and pick out the references to other children's tales.
9 and Up
4 to 10
Borrow. The story is cute, but after a couple of times, Larry's act will get old.