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Larry Gets Lost in San Francisco Hardcover – March 31, 2009
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“Candy-colored retro illustrations accompany a rhyming account of the adventures of Larry, a lost pooch, as he traverses through our City by the Bay’s fabulous landmarks and cultural attractions. The easy-to-follow story is complemented by clever geography and history trivia, making Larry’s mis-adventures the perfect teaching tool before or during a jaunt into the city. Lucky for us, Larry’s owners aren’t so leash-savvy, so we can get a dog’s-eye view of Los Angeles, Seattle, New York City, Chicago, and Texas, too.”
—Melanie Heimburg, Dandelion
“The story's colorful, retro-inspired illustrations bring the beloved city highlights to life, and make them seem magical again even to a jaded city kid who walks past them every day.”
“Taking a romp through the city doesn¹t have to be exhausting - just add it to your bedtime story ritual!”
“These wonderful, easy-reading books for children of all ages highlights many of the wonderful things to do and see while traveling to these cities. Both armchair and actual travelers will relish getting lost with Larry.”
—Cheryl Weems, Deschutes Public Library system, Bend Bulletin
“Informative tidbits coupled with the rhyming words of Michael Mullin make it a more enjoyable and educational read. Being lost and searching has never been this much fun, and in the end Larry and his owner Pete reunite to drive back home exhausted from all the excitement. They also take with them the promise of yet another cool adventure the next day.”
—Kaye Cloutman, Sacramento Book Review
“This is a first-rate lost and found journey. The book also offers stunningly bright retro-cartoon style illustrations, often from the perspective of Larry the dog that will appeal to all preschoolers.”
—Park Ridge Library
About the Author
John Skewes is a professional illustrator living in Seattle. He began work as a product designer and character artist for Disney Consumer Products before leaving to start his own company, Retrodyne Industries in 2001. His clients include Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera, Fox, Pixar, and Simon & Schuster. As the creator and illustrator of the award-winning Larry Gets Lost™ children's book series, John has followed Larry from the southern tip of Texas to tiny Nome, Alaska, and been lost several times himself. He has illustrated over 20 children's books, including the Flintstones, Tom and Jerry, and Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Michael Mullin lives in LA, but grew up in New England, where all his sports allegiances remain. He is the author of the TaleSpins™ books for young adults: 8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf, The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny, and the upcoming Jack'd.
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This book can be read in two ways -- simply following Larry as he pops in and out of famous places in San Francisco looking for Pete, a cute story in itself, or include reading the small paragraphs of information about each landmark. You can also look at the book as a simple guidebook and go visit all the places mentioned. Wouldn't it be fun to take your own picture at each landmark and make a scrapbook of your adventure -- without, of course, getting lost :-)