BOOK REVIEW: The Lucky Lobsters

The Lucky Lobsters

I was rather disappointed by the binding on this book. Its cover was a very flimsy paperboard of the variety normally used for coloring books. The title was also not visible from the spine of the book. I am concerned this book will not be sturdy enough to last long in our library.

As for the story itself, nearly everything that was said by Animal People News about Whose Coat? back in 2003 can be said about Lucky Lobsters:

[The author] advertised it as “animal rights” literature, the kiss of death in pursuing the library and school markets that account for the two biggest shares of children’s book sales. To most librarians and school personnel, “animal rights” signifies “controversy” and “trouble”—and any mention of ideology in reference to a children’s book usually also connotes heavy-handed propaganda.

In the case of The Lucky Lobsters, the author chose to highlight a blurb from Ingrid Newkirk, president of PETA, on the back cover. This likely won’t raise flags with families who are already veg*n and animal-friendly, but for everyone else—yeah, let’s put the name of a widely disliked organization and its intensely controversial president on the jacket of our children’s picture book. It’s going to be rejected immediately. Which is a shame, because The Lucky Lobsters is a bright and colorful undersea adventure that will appeal to fans of “Finding Nemo,” “Free Willy,” and “The Little Mermaid.” The author does get a bit heavy-handed at one point, when he describes what happens to lobsters in the boiling pot in terms that may upset sensitive children.

With a bit of better editing and a better bookbinder, The Lucky Lobsters could have been an exciting, humorous and humane book that would be enjoyed by a great many children. As it is, however, The Lucky Lobsters will probably only find its way into the hands of families who are already living animal-compassionate values.

(Review originally appeared at goodreads.com)

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