In his first book, author-illustrator K.G. Campbell’s main character, Lester, is faced with a compelling and relatable problem. Little red-headed Lester likes neatness and order, but when his family takes in his elderly Cousin Clara, his sense of style is overrun with ugly sweaters. Lester’s parents insist on him wearing Clara’s knitted creations to school, causing him humiliation reminiscent of Ralphie’s bunny suit in A Christmas Story. Campbell writes, “The next morning there was another sweater. This one covered bits it shouldn’t and didn’t cover bits it should. It was an irksome pink and dotted with oddly placed upside-down pockets. It was GHASTLY.”
Cousin Clara’s sweaters keep meeting mysterious and unfortunate accidents until she finally meets some more appreciative clients. Elementary-aged children and their parents will enjoy this book about having to be polite in the face of some “unique” gifts. The illustrations only add to the delight; however, this book is not recommended for anyone with coulrophobia (fear of clowns).
Check the WRL catalog for Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters.