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Maisie Moo and Invisible Lucy    by Chris McKimmie order for
Maisie Moo and Invisible Lucy
by Chris McKimmie
Order:  USA  Can
Allen & Unwin, 2008 (2008)
*   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

I admit it: I was lost from the opening of this picture book:
'My name is Maisie Moo.
I live in a palace in the middle of nowhere.
The Gone Bonkers Discount Palace.
We sell all sorts of stuff.
Mainly gondolas.
'It's a silly name for a shop,' says Invisible Lucy.
My favourite color is magenta polka dots.
My best friend is invisible Lucy.

Throughout the remainder of the book, Maisie Moo talks about her day in a rambling sort of way, describes her dog Drongo, then her Dad, who drives a truck and is absent a lot, how hard it is to be an angel, how Invisible Lucy knocked something over in the store, and we are told that Christmas is approaching. Unfortunately, this book does not work on several levels; even my children were confused as to what was going on in it.

There is really very little plot, with no conflict of any issues or any real message that I could discern. The illustrations are jumbled and distracting, and even the typeface is difficult to read, with the filled-in small letter a's and o's. Unfortunately, there is little to recommend about this picture book.

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