Monday, 2 September 2013

Review: 'When Edgar Met Cecil' by Kevin Luthardt

When Edgar Met Cecil, by Kevin Luthardt, 2013, Peachtree, $15.95, hardbound, 30 pages. Category/Genre: mainstream. Cover: good. Where we got it: publisher. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million.

This book takes the old problem of moving to a new school and new town and puts it in a fresh perspective. Edgar is a robot, living his happy robot life with his robot best friend, Quincy. 

Then one day Edgar's parents tell him they're moving. Edgar is devastated; he'll miss Quincy. When he gets to his new home, things don't improve. Everything is strange. Instead of robots, there are aliens, and all of them are weird -- but none of them is weirder than Cecil, the big kid who keeps staring at Edgar. 

Edgar plays by himself, unwilling to interact with the other kids, until Cecil approaches him. You'll have to read the book to find out what happens next -- but it's a happy ending. 

The artwork is interesting and colourful, and kids will get a kick out of all the different robots and aliens. It's also fun to see Cecil peering at Edgar every chance he gets. 

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