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Lucy
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A tiny dog, a kindhearted girl and a nervous juggler converge in a cinematic picture book in four acts - a unique children's literature experience! This is the perfect book for dog lovers of all ages. Lucy is a small dog without a home. She once had one, but she remembers it only in her dreams. Eleanor is a little girl who looks forward to feeding the stray dog that appears beneath her window each day. Eleanor's father is a juggler with stage fright. The stories of these three delightful characters converge in this truly original extended picture book - a classic in the making!
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About the Author

Randy Cecil has illustrated more than twenty books for children, including Brontorina by James Howe, And Here's to You! by David Elliott and Loveabye Dragon by Barbara Joosse. He is also the author-illustrator of Duck and Gator. Randy Cecil lives in Houston, Texas.

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Each character's daytime decisions lead to new outcomes after their paths intersect for a show-stopping evening performance during a climactic third act...Children ready to move beyond early readers will appreciate the pace of the page turns and the chance to discover visual details that characters miss.A brief denouement in the final act reveals that each main character has given the others just what they needed; a clever structure and a satisfying story. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Cecil's stylized black-and-white oil paintings are framed in circles, focusing each scene as if through a lens. The conclusion unfolds naturally, while Cecil's understated writing and careful pacing contribute substantially to this sweetly satisfying story. --Publishers Weekly (starred review) All acts but the fourth end with a nightmare: Eleanor's father paralyzed with stage fright as he tries to juggle on stage at the Palace Theater. In the satisfying denouement, dog, girl and father all find what they seek, be it sausage, love or courage. Cecil's circular duotone illustrations have the pleasingly odd, architectural starkness of Edward Gorey's compositions, but with the soft texture of sandstone. Lucy is a sweet stray dog story and an extraordinary exploration of persistence and perspective. --Shelf Awareness (starred review) Randy Cecil's Lucy offers a heartfelt reminder that the picture book form can remain relevant and even necessary after the preschool years...The story, too, is full of charming details for careful readers and listeners. Cecil uses repetition to tell his story, but the repetitions are full of tiny tweaks and twists that keep readers guessing (and sometimes giggling) and propel the story to its cozy; satisfying end. --BookPage There's an early cinema flavor to this period charmer that eventually grants the wishes of the Wisches (and their new dog); each page could almost be a captioned silent movie scene as the tightly structured and neatly intertwined plot unfurls...The carefully repetitive text will also make this an engaging readaloud, but be sure to keep your audience close to see the show unfold in the art. --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books The story builds in four acts, with slight intentional repetition ("The next morning, as the sun rose over Bloomville...") but with new events and information thrown in, much like additional juggling balls being tossed into the air...Cecil's oval-shaped, duotone illustrations (rendered in oil) float amidst white space, the design offering equal weight to both text and image. Illustrations accompany as well as enhance plot --Horn Book This quiet, satisfying tale with its old-fashioned setting is sure to enthrall readers of many ages as they reexamine the detailed illustrations. Best for one-on-one and small group sharing. --School Library Journal The sweet coincidence of a hopeful dog, a resourceful girl and an anxious juggler plays out in the pages of "Lucy," a light and delicious illustrated tale for 5- to 8-year-olds...This elegant book is so infused with serendipity that what's really a foregone conclusion nonetheless feels, at the end, like a happy surprise. --The Wall Street Journal Bloomville is a place many readers will be happy to have visited--and wish to revisit again. It's [a] kinder, gentler, altogether more charming world than our own, and its citizens will entertain. --New York Journal of Books The lovely interplay of words and art contributes to a unique package -- dear and droll, steady and sure, classic and cinematic. --San Francisco Chronicle Delightful, gentle and clever in both text and marvelous black-and-white illustrations on every page, "Lucy" is a special book on multiple levels. --Reading Eagle (syndicated from Kendal Rautzhan) Lucy is unlike any other picture book you'll see this year. A breath of fresh air. --Kirkus Reviews (blog)

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