Randy Cecil’s ‘Lucy’ is charming

Lucy Randy CecilLUCY,” by Randy Cecil, Candlewick, Aug. 2, 2016, Hardcover, $19.99 (ages 5-8)

Magic happens when Lucy, a small dog without a home, crosses paths with Eleanor, a lonely little girl, cross paths. Each day, Eleanor bids her father, a juggler with stage fright, goodbye and then rushes to the window to feed the stray dog that faithfully appears. As the story plays out, each of these characters’ overlapping stories unfolds, offering three different perspectives.

“Lucy,” by Randy Cecil bridges the gap between picture book and early reader. The book is 144 pages but feels much shorter thanks to manageable sections that are clearly defined. Each page is illustrated with a smallish amount of text. The book is divided into four acts with a number of chapters in all except the last one.

Lucy inside2 noresizeI am not a dog person, but I found “Lucy” charming nonetheless. Cecil’s text and illustrations perfectly pair to create a compelling and heartfelt narrative. I look forward to reading “Lucy” at bedtime with my daughter when she grows older.

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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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