Lost and Found

by Bill Harley
Illustrated by Adam Gustavson
Courage yields unexpected surprises when Justin visits his school’s dreaded lost and found. A witty, award-winning story about childhood fears from Bill Harley and Adam Gustavson.  
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  • ISBN: 9781561456284
  • Publication date: 10/01/2012
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 9-1/2" x 11"
  • Age Range: 4-8
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Description

Courage yields unexpected surprises when Justin visits his school’s dreaded lost and found. A witty, award-winning story about childhood fears from Bill Harley and Adam Gustavson.

“With stifling tension, Harley has found the perfect emotional pitch to explore such universal childhood fears.” ―Kirkus Reviews

When Justin loses the special hat his grandmother made for him, he looks everywhere for it. Everywhere, that is, except the lost and found.

Mr. Rumkowsky, the old school custodian, is the keeper of all the lost and found items, and everyone is afraid of him—including Justin. When he finally musters the courage to enter Mr. Rumkowsky’s domain, he discovers a whole world of treasures. But things keep getting weirder and weirder, until way down at the bottom of Rumkowsky’s giant box, Justin unearths something completely unexpected…

Bill Harley and Adam Gustavson team up to deliver a fun and relatable story about fear and expectations. An award-winning read-aloud!

Author/Illustrator

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Bill Harley

Author

Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy Award-winning storyteller, musician, and writer who has been writing and performing for kids and families for more than twenty-five years. He is the recipient of Parents’ Choice and ALA awards. He won a 2007 Grammy Award for his children’s storytelling album Blah Blah Blah and a 2009 Grammy Award for his children’s spoken-word album Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live. He lives in Massachusetts.

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Adam Gustavson

Illustrator

Adam Gustavson is the illustrator of more than twenty books for children, as well as numerous periodicals. He holds a master of fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He lives in New Jersey.

Reviews

“An easily relatable story…readers will grasp the joke and have an additional laugh as they view the artwork on the final pages. The large-size font will be an aid to those learning to read using the picture clues. A welcome addition.” ―School Library Journal

“With stifling tension, Harley has found the perfect emotional pitch to explore such universal childhood fears…Gustavson enhances the dramatic mood with realistic double-page spreads that artfully use a child’s-eye perspective” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Gustavson’s well-composed paintings bring the story to life on the page through expressive character portrayal and the clever details of setting… An excellent read-aloud choice for classroom or library.” ―Booklist

 

Awards

Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2013

Parents’ Choice Approved Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2012

Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (Honor Book, Language Arts Picture Books) ―Society of School Librarians International, 2013

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Starred, Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2013

Great Lakes’ Great Books Award (Honor Book, Grades 2-3) ―Michigan Reading Association, 2013-2014

Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Awards (Nominee) ―Arkansas Department of Education, 2014-2015

Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award (Nominee) ―Kansas Reading Association, 2015

Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Nominee, Picture Book) ―Maryland Association of School Librarians, 2015-2016

Children’s Book Award (Nominee) ―Florida Reading Association, 2013-2014

Delaware Diamonds (Nominee, Grades K-2) ―Diamond State Reading Association, 2013-2014

Golden Sower Award (Nominee, Primary) ―Nebraska Library Association, 2014-2015

Maine Chickadee Award (Nominee) ―Maine Association of School Librarians, 2013-2014

Show Me Readers Award (Nominee) ―Missouri Association of School Librarians, 2014-2015

South Carolina Picture Book Award (Nominee) ―South Carolina Association of School Librarians, 2014-2015

Volunteer State Book Awards (Nominee, Primary) ―Tennessee Association of School Librarians, 2014-2015

Storytelling World Resource Awards (Winner, Stories for Young Listeners) ―Storytelling World, 2014

More Details

AR Level: 2.5
F&P: GRL M, Gr 2, Genre RF
Lexile: AD390L
Themes: Courage, Family, Honesty, School
BISAC 1: JUV035000 JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education
BISAC 2: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
BISAC3: JUV051000 JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play