by Lauren Child
illustrated by Trisha Krauss
published by Candlewick Press
The BlurbMeet the Shrimpton family — so talented, so eccentric, so larger than life, you couldn’t miss them if you wanted to. Mrs. Shrimpton wears flamboyant hats, and Mr. Shrimpton’s moustache makes quite a statement. The youngsters each have a stand-out quality: beauty, dancing, singing, a sense of humor that’s a laugh a minute. Indeed, the Shrimptons live to be noticed — all that is, except Maude, who prefers to blend into the wallpaper. But when Maude receives a ferocious tiger for her birthday instead of the goldfish she asked for, might her talent for blending in come in handy? With stylized artwork evoking both Vogue magazine and Edward Gorey, here is a story to bring a smile to all the quiet stars among us.
My Two CentsIt wasn't so long ago I was telling y'all about Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent, a fabulous little picture book by Lauren Child...well, guess what?! I've found another little gem from the fantastic Miss Child! Meet Maude:
"No matter what she wore, Maude just seemed to merge, to fade, to disappear."
This is another example of Child's quirky, fun, style. And though Maude may be bland, Krauss' illustrations are anything but! This is a really fun book...worth a read, my friends!