Imagine what would happen if you fell into the lake by accident, and instead of drowning when you opened your mouth to breathe, you ended up swallowing the entire lake! Fish and all! This is exactly what happens to wee Brody one day at the cottage. What could have been a horrible tragedy turns into a hilarious conundrum as Brody’s frantic mother tries to get him to a doctor and get him drained! For the poor doctor, the solution is so simple, he’ll wonder why he didn’t go to the family’s cottage on a house call. For little Brody it is a lesson in water safety.
The Little Boy Who Swallowed a Lake is a delightful and fanciful picture book that is perfect for pre-schoolers and young children just learning to read. The story is in big, easy-to-read print on one side, while Larry Routliffe’s colourful cartoon-like drawings illustrate the right-hand side. This will be one of those books that your children – or grandchildren – will ask you to read to them every night before going to bed.
Erwin Buck is the Beach author whose previous two novels, Angel’s Landing, and Veneer, were reviewed here. He is also a photographer whose poster of A Day in the Life of the Leuty was a big seller a couple of summer ago. This, his first children’s book, was inspired by his grandson, ironically named Brody.
The Little Boy Who Swallowed a Lake is published by Moonback Productions, and is available at Pippin’s Tea (2098 Queen St. East, 416-694-7772), and Book City (1950 Queen St. East, 416-698-1444).