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Lester's Dreadful Sweaters

Campbell, K. G. (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Lester's Dreadful Sweaters
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When Lester's mysterious cousin Clara comes to stay with his family she insists on knitting him ugly sweaters and Lester must figure out how to accept the unwanted gifts without hurting his cousin's feelings.
Authors: Campbell, K. G. (Keith Gordon), 1966-
Title: Lester's dreadful sweaters
Published: Toronto : Kids Can Press, c2012.
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,27 cm.
Summary: When Lester's mysterious cousin Clara comes to stay with his family she insists on knitting him ugly sweaters and Lester must figure out how to accept the unwanted gifts without hurting his cousin's feelings.
Local Note: 1 3 4
ISBN: 9781554537709
1554537703
Branch Call Number: E CAM
Statement of Responsibility: written and illustrated by K.G. Campbell
Subject Headings: Sweaters Juvenile fiction. Cousins Juvenile fiction. Etiquette Juvenile fiction.
Topical Term: Sweaters
Cousins
Etiquette
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Mar 10, 2014
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Read aloud to a classroom of special needs 1st-3rd graders and their teachers. The adults loved it. The kids seemed ambivalent.

Mar 30, 2013
  • kimrae rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An interesting book with a twist. The sweaters are colourful and fun.

Dec 29, 2012
  • forbesrachel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I give credit to the artist for imagining up some really dreadful sweaters!

Nov 13, 2012
  • avoicu rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very funny book filled with wonderfully creative funky sweaters!

Oct 21, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

We hold these truths to be self-evident that gift giving is an art. And when that art is perverted or twisted into something wrong and unholy, it can wreck havoc with a child's everyday life. Enter Lester's Dreadful Sweaters. You think you had it bad when Great-Aunt Hilda sent you twenty pairs of off-white tams? Buddy, you ain't seen nuthin' yet. This book goes extreme and ends up being one of the best picture books of the year.

When Cousin Clara’s cottage was consumed by a crocodile (fortunately, she wasn’t in it), she came to live with Lester and his parents.
All was well until Cousin Clara, who loved to knit, decided to make a new sweater for Lester to wear to school.
Shriveled yet saggy, with holes and purple pom-poms everywhere, the sweater was hideous to behold and hideous to wear. To be polite, Lester wore it to school, where he was teased all day long.
Later, the sweater was found in the laundry, mysteriously shrunken, stringy and unwearable.
“No problem!” declared Cousin Clara and immediately began to knit again.
The second cardigan was just as dreadful as the first. It was pink with a tail and upside-down pockets all over.
After school was finished that day, the pink sweater was “somehow” shredded to pieces by the lawn mower.
“No problem!” said Cousin Clara, and started to knit again.
And so the week continued, each morning with a frightful new sweater for Lester to wear to school, and an inexplicably ruined sweater each evening.
Not once did Cousin Clara grow tired of knitting yet another cardigan – but how Lester dreaded wearing them each day!
Was he doomed to look ridiculous for the rest of his life?
Listeners will laugh when they discover how a troupe of clowns is able to save the day for Lester in this droll, witty tale, generously sprinkled with alliteration, wordplay and clever illustrations.

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Oct 21, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 8

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Oct 21, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When Lester is informed that Cousin Clara will be staying with his family he thinks little of it. And everything is fine at first (Lester’s a little anal retentive and fortunately she doesn’t muck with his stuff). But the boy has no idea what he’s in for when she informs him one day that, “I made you a sweater.” And whatta sweater. It may in fact be the worst sweater Lester has seen in his entire life. After wearing it to school Lester finds that the sweater has conveniently become shrunk in the wash. No matter. Cousin Clara is, as she says, a “curiously speedy knitter”. And from her knitting needles erupt sweater after sweater, each beating the last out in terms of horrific awfulness. It isn’t until Lester uses his head after a birthday party and enlists the help of some good-natured clowns that he solves his sweater problem and even manages to break out of his shell a little.

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Oct 21, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“It was shriveled yet saggy. It has holes where it shouldn’t and none where it should. It was a less-than-pleasant yellow and smothered with purple pom-poms.”

Oct 21, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Cousin Clara’s cottage was consumed by a crocodile. Luckily, Cousin Clara wasn’t in it.”

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