Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review: Corduroy Lost and Found by B.G. Hennessy

Title: Corduroy Lost and Found
Author: B.G. Hennessy
Illustrator: Jody Wheeler
Genre: Children's fiction
Publication Date: 14th September 2006
Pages: 32
Book Source: We Give Books

Synopsis: A classic character in children's literature for nearly forty years is back for a brand-new adventure! Corduroy the beloved bear slips out very early one morning to get a birthday present for Lisa. He spies what he thinks is a yellow balloon up in the sky, thinking that would be perfect for her. But when the sun rises, the balloon (really the full moon) disappears. And now Corduroy is lost. Lisa finds him, but not before Corduroy succeeds in getting just the right gift—, a lollipop as yellow and round as the moon. This brand-new Corduroy picture book is written in the whimsical style of Don Freeman and illustrated in the exact scratchboard technique he used to create Corduroy and A Pocket for Corduroy. 

My Thoughts: 
Am I too old to say I love Corduroy. He's the most caring, sweet little bear ... Corduroy and A Pocket for Corduroy were two of my boys' favourites when they were little. Corduroy Lost and Found is another delightful story about this intrepid little bear.

Corduroy loves his best friend Lisa and Lisa loves Corduroy. I adore Corduroy's innocence and sense of wonder and my boys always delighted in Corduroy's misadventuresmishaps, adventures. It's a sweet story about friendship, with much the same charm as the original books by Don Freeman and the whimsical illustrations will enchant both children and adults. 

I had a bear best friend as a child, the teddy that I've had since I was born and boy has that bear had some adventures (much like Corduroy.) We lived in Papua New Guinea for a few years when I was little and Ted dropped from my stroller, was picked up by a dog and a month or two later was found in a fence. 46 years on, my Ted is still with me, a little moth-eaten and worse for wear but still much loved ... so Corduroy Lost and Found really resonated with me.

 my well-loved Ted and my eldest son's - A Pocket for Corduroy
I can't wait to read these to my granddaughter

I read Corduroy Lost and Found at WE GIVE BOOKS, a digital initiative created by the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation, supporting literacy awareness worldwide.

The more you read, the more they give - for each free book you read online We Give Books donates real books to charities working in communities around the world ... awesome initiative!! 

Corduroy Lost and Found is no longer available on We Give Books but check out the site, there are so many other cute books to choose from for ages 0-10 years ... like Spot Loves His Daddy (another of my boys' favourites) and the Llama Llama books. 

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  1. I love the story of your Ted :) I think I need to find some Corduroy books to read to my granddaughter!

    1. Corduroy is hard to resist! I really want to pass the love along, who better than to my granddaughter :)

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    1. He has adventures B, I think you'd like that about Corduroy ;)

  3. Hi Sheree,

    I can't say that I have ever come across 'Corduroy Bear' before, here in the UK. However in 1968 I would have been 10 years old and probably a bit too grown up for him!

    Never having had children, I am woefully bad at naming modern day children's characters, however I am sure I would have remembered my nieces and nephews mentioning such an adorable little fellow!


    1. aww he is that Yvonne! Glad I could share a little Corduroy love with you :)

  4. Nope, never too old to love Corduroy!

  5. Sheree, I love the picture of your "Ted!"

    I've been writing the Corduroy books based on Don Freeman's bear for 20 years and it is amazing how beloved this bear is. You might be interested in the new Corduroy book coming out this fall: A CHRISTMAS WISH FOR CORDUROY. The story begins before the green overalls- Corduroy looks just like your Ted! Glad to know there are Corduroy fans down under. Best, B. G. Hennessy

    I have a special "Corduroy " section on my website: www.bghennessy.com, if you are interested in how I got to write them

    1. what a lovely surprise reading your comment. Ha, my Ted does look like Corduroy, a few more choc-chip cookies will round him out lol. 20 years ... wow I'm heading over to your website to check out the Corduroy story :)

  6. My younger children loved the original Corduroy book. My son needed speech therapy as a toddler and the teacher used this book to practice some of his beginning consonants. Thanks for bringing back memories that are over 20 years old!

  7. Ahhh, your sweet Ted!
    GAge has a giant Corduroy book but we haven't read it for a while. Have to take a look at it today :)

  8. How can you not love Corduroy... to do so would be impossible.


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