“Lawn to Lawn” by Dan Yaccarino
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Picture Book
Summary from Goodreads:
Not everyone loves lawn ornaments. But Pearl was different. Pearl was their friend—the only human who knew they were real.
So when Pearl’s family moves and (shockingly!) leaves their pink flamingo, deer, gnome, and lawn jockey behind, Flo, Betty, Norm, and Jack know what they must do. They must find Pearl no matter how long and perilous the journey.
Through cities and suburbs, over mountains and through swamps, the ornaments make their dangerous way. They survive storms and menacing gargoyles. They get directions from weather vanes and other statuary. And always, always, they must avoid the dreaded trash truck!
In this hysterical and quirky tale of toys-come-to-life, Dan Yaccarino reminds us that home is where the heart is and that no journey is too difficult when it leads to the one you love.
While browsing through the library for a picture book to finish my Reading Outside the Book Challenge, I stumbled across this book. I had never heard of it but thought it would be a winner. It had talking toys, which I love, and it had lawn ornaments, which I also love. Sadly, I did not end up loving this book.
I didn’t really get to know the characters. Yes, it is possible to get to know and love characters in a picture book. They were boring to be perfectly honest. I did wish them the best because I did want to see how their trip would work out. There were a few chuckles along the way but nothing terribly exciting.
The artwork is quite lovely though.
The bottom line? Meh.