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The Great Lollipop Caper Hardcover – May 7, 2013
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K-Gr 2-Being earthy and acidic feels like a curse to Mr. Caper, whose sophisticated flavor appeals only to adults. Kids can't stand him, and he is insanely jealous of Lollipop, wishing that he could take his red rival's place. After Mr. Caper sneaks into the lollipop factory and tampers with the liquid in the vats, green, caper-flavored lollipops emerge, ready for consumption. But the world turns topsy-turvy when children taste the new sour treat and become sourpusses themselves. Now even grown-ups despise Mr. Caper, and it takes the sweet red lollipop to set the world right once more. Remorseful Mr. Caper is forgiven, and, more importantly, he comes to accept that his own unique flavor is perfectly fine. Krall's self-acceptance lesson is delightfully easy to swallow. This hilarious and highly original tale is enhanced by laugh-out-loud Photoshop cartoon illustrations and clever, punchy dialogue. Guaranteed to please a variety of tastes and an undeniably sweet treat for the picture-book shelves.-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kids, meet Mr. Caper, “a tiny pickled sourpuss, who lives in a jar in your fridge and is never eaten by children.” Lollipop, of course, needs no introduction. Though Mr. Caper is prized by adults, he longs for the appreciation of the younger connoisseurs that Lollipop enjoys, so he disguises himself “as a harmless pea” and breaks into the gothic Lollipop Factory, where he pours a caper solution into the vats of lollipop batter. But instead of turning children into overnight caper fanatics, “they became as bitter and sour as Mr. Caper tasted.” Green-hued and zombified, these young malcontents drive their parents nuts with misbehavior until kindly Lollipop suggests to Mr. Caper a sensible solution. Krall’s bright, angular Photoshop illustrations have a Ren & Stimpy pop zeal, particularly when rendering Mr. Caper’s steaming, Grinch-like rage or the demented glee of kids inhaling candy. In fact, the whole package is wonderfully manic, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a kid who won’t cackle right along with it. Grades K-2. --Daniel Kraus
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