DOES ANYBODY LOVE ME?
Gillian Lobel, , illus. by Rosalind Beardshaw. . Good Books, $16 (28pp) ISBN 978-1-56148-368-6
Mildly admonished by Dad and Mom after mucking up the kitchen (by making mud pudding) and flooding the bathroom (by creating tidal waves in the sink), a girl named Charlie decides to light out for "somewhere nice…where there's no cross people." This version of a tried-and-true chestnut makes stops at all the familiar narrative landmarks: the heroine's descent into Sturm und Drang, the initial excitement over a successful escape (to a "secret den" under the branches of a fir tree in her backyard) followed by the crisis of confidence (precipitated by a rain shower). Luckily, Grandpa, "lost in the jungle," allows Charlie to save face as she "rescu[es]" Grandpa and guides him home. "That's my brave girl!" says Mom, following up with a hug and a cup of real chocolate pudding. While British author Lobel keeps the story efficiently moving along, it's mostly up to Beardshaw (
Reviewed on: 10/07/2002