From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4–The self-sufficient star of Clever Beatrice
(Atheneum, 2001) returns in another folktale from the French-Canadian tradition. This time, the girl outsmarts a lutin, described as a little bearded man from the old country who acts and looks a bit like a leprechaun. Every morning, Beatrice finds that her beloved pony is dripping with sweat, covered in burrs, and exhausted, and surmises that someone must be riding him at night. She consults the town baker, Monsieur Le Pain, who is also the expert on "things not easily explained." While he ponders how to help her, Beatrice figures out on her own how to handle the lutin. This well-told story about a strong and smart heroine will appeal to kids. The illustrations add beautifully to the narrative. Solomon combines watercolors, acrylics, oils, and collage in palettes of gold, brown, and other earth tones to evoke the north woods setting. Willey includes a helpful note about lutins that will spark even more conversation about the tale.–Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA
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K-Gr. 2. When young Beatrice finds evidence that her beloved pony is being ridden hard at night and left in a terrible state, she seeks advice from Monsieur Le Pain, the baker from Quebec who is known as "the village expert on things not easily explained." He correctly suspects that the culprit is a lutin
(a small, elflike creature) and agrees to help her. But it is Beatrice who discovers the troublemaker, confronts him, and catches him. This entertaining sequel to Clever Beatrice
(2002) tells a well-crafted, smoothly written story and features a determined heroine. Solomon's often dramatic illustrations use watercolors, acrylics, and oil paints with elements of collage to create a series of quirky scenes that interpret the story with energy and originality. The attractive, maplike endpapers lay out the setting in an agreeable manner that allows children to trace the action. An entertaining picture book, well suited to reading aloud. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved