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Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters

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by K.G. Campbell (Author, Illustrator) 

Yikes! Dreadful is right!

 Lester was told that Cousin Clara will be coming over to stay with his family. Due to some unforeseen and most unusual Surprised circumstances, Cousin Clara house is lost forever! Lester is not too concerned. He goes about his usual business. When Cousin Clara comes over, things are just fine and dandy.

Lester's Dreadful Sweaters Cousin Clara visits

Until one day Cousin Clara declares, “I made you a sweater”. “How kind.. ” thought Lester.. until he saw it!

Lester's Dreadful Sweaters the first one

It was probably the worst sweater ever! In one word, it was indeed DREADUL! But of course he had to be polite and say thank you to Cousin Clara. Worse still, he had to wear it to school! Cry Needless to say that Lester’s day was not a pleasant one at all!

But then later Lester’s new sweater ends up in the wash all shrunken and shriveled and useless of course. Lester thinks of it as an extremely mysterious circumstance Wink

But Cousin Clara is unfazed! “Not to worry” she declares and keeps at her knitting clickety-click. And lo, next day there is yet another GHASTLY sweater ready to be worn.. just in time for school !

Lester's Dreadful Sweaters the terrible turquoise

And so goes the tale of “Lester’s Dreadful sweaters”. A brilliant story, witty and cleverly done. Campbell’s pencil and crayon artwork is perfect for this story. The colorful sweaters matches Lester’s humiliation and situation perfectly. Lester’s misery and disappointment is extremely relatable and enjoyable at the same time!  The horror of finding a STACK of sweaters was the last thread in this tale of misery.

No matter how hard he tries to rid his sweaters, Cousin Clara whips them out just as fast! And at the end, there is really only one option for poor Lester.  The surprise end will leave you wanting more.

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24 comments

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  1. This review and book made me chuckle; it’s darling! I just can remember those types of sweater gifts and dragging my feet to wear them. What a fun find!

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    • reshamad

      I know! I didn’t have very many of those fortunately.. but I can totally imagine Lester’s agony in this case! :))
      -Reshama

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  2. Oh Reshama, you really find the most awesomely quirky books, I love it love it love it. I will be putting it on the TBR pile. Thanks for hosting the hop again.

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    • reshamad

      He He! this book just “happened” to me Julie.. i was walking down the library aisle.. minding my own business when Lester’s DESPERATE eyes look down at me from the shelf! Really! How is one to resist.. tell me?
      -Reshama

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  3. Jemima Pett

    What a beautiful book. I love the idea as well, so simple (and so true for many of us in the past – do aunts and mums still give truly awful home-knitted sweaters these days?) Happy hopping!

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    • reshamad

      I would like to know too Jemima! Happy hopping to you too!
      -Reshama

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  4. The illustrations and the quirky sweaters have sold me!

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    • reshamad

      You know I was thinking the same thing.. would love to actually *see* one of those sweaters Kirss! LOL!
      -Reshama

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  5. Sounds so funny! Thanks for sharing with the hop

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  6. OMG, I have got to read this because now I’m dying to know how Lester gets out of searing the dreadful sweaters… or IF he does! Thanks for sharing this, Reshama – it looks so fun!

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    • reshamad

      Oh you MUST read the end Susanna! Its a complete surprise and so genius!
      -Reshama

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  7. I love the illustrations! I think a lot of kids (and parents!) with well-meaning aunts, cousins, and grandmas would be able to relate to this story! Thanks for sharing.

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    • reshamad

      Aha! Katie in Lester’s case I wasn’t sure that Cousin Clara was *really* well meaning :))
      -Reshama

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  8. I giggled just reading your review – obviously, I need to read this book! The illustrations look wonderful!

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for stopping by Marie-Claude. This book is hilarious!
      -Reshama

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  9. I love this book! It is so funny! My kids thought it was fantastic too. Thanks for sharing!

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    • reshamad

      So glad that liked it! Thanks for stopping by and sharing Dena!
      -Reshama

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  10. ccarpinello

    This sounds so funny. I’ve heard of people getting these types of gifts, but I’ve never been so lucky! Thanks for sharing on the Kid Lit Blog Hop! Cheryl, Hop Hostess

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    • reshamad

      ok, now i know what to get you for Christmas Cheryl!!ha ha!
      -Reshama

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  11. That is absolutely hilarious! I love reading your reviews. It reminds me of when my Mom bought this horrible velour cloth and made us kids all shirts from them. We joked that we felt we were wearing upholstery from a car!! Thanks so much for hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop Reshama!

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    • reshamad

      If you have pictures of those days Renee.. you MUST share them :))
      -Reshama

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  12. I can’t wait to find out how this book ends! It looks like so much fun! Thanks so much for linking up with Booknificent Thursday!
    Tina

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    • reshamad

      Tina, do read this one at home with family.. I would love to know their reactions :))
      -Reshama

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