- Age Range: 5 and up
- Grade Level: 1 - 2
- Lexile Measure: 390L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Corp/Ccb; First Edition edition (October 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761450491
- ISBN-13: 978-0761450498
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,773,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Lizard Man of Crabtree County Hardcover – October 1, 1999
From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3-"Exciting things don't happen very often in Crabtree County." Then James Arthur ties branches to himself, pretending to be a shrub, and Miss Bunch sees his shadow on her barn and imagines there's a Lizard Man on the loose. As the boy tries to track him down, each of his subsequent efforts only adds more fuel to the rumors. When James finally uses his sea-serpent float to tempt the creature with a Lizard Woman, the float is punctured by a rosebush, Miss Bunch sees it flying over the hedge into an Alabama shrimp truck, and she assures the town that the Lizard Man has left. Everyone settles down again, except, of course, clueless James Arthur, who feels he has missed out on all the excitement. This is a clever story that relies on the illustrations for its explication. James is shown tracking the green monster on one page, while the next shows Miss Bunch and the townspeople jumping to wrong conclusions. The deadpan text never explains the mistaken assumptions, making the book best suited to slightly older youngsters who will be delighted to get the joke as each incident unfolds (sometimes an adult may need to hint at the truth). The humorous oil pictures are large and colorful, mostly on double-page spreads, showing James Arthur as an appealing, mischievous boy. A worthy purchase that would make good storytime material for small groups.
Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Kirkus Reviews
Nothing ever happens in Crabtree County until the day James Arthur dresses up as a shrub, gets his underpants full of bugs, rushes down to the pond to rinse off, and is spotted by near-sighted old Miss Bunch who thinks he is a lizard man. James Arthur, not realizing her mistake, sets out to capture the lizard man, and in doing so, unknowingly leaves ``clues'' that others take as evidence of the lizard man's existence. As the tongue-in-cheek tale gets more involved and absurd, it will have emerging readers predicting what happens next, following the action, and out-thinking James Arthur and the whole town. The vibrant oil illustrations often provide viewers with unusual perspectives, from a duck's-eye-view of fire trucks to an overhead shot of James Arthur's balloon dinosaur. This is terrific fun for story hours, with a droll text that is constantly rebutted by the pictures. (Picture book. 5-8) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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It would be giving away too much to say anything more, but suffice it to say that both author Nolan and illustratur Jill Kastner have a terrific sense of humor. Kastner's thickly painted, colorful illustrations suit the text beautifully and add a visual element of laughter to the funny story. Great good reading all around, especially for kids who think that life is just one great big yawn.