Lost Property, 1998 first edition, by Bruce Ingman.


Written and illustrated by Bruce Ingman. First edition, 1998. Houghton Mifflin. (First published in Great Britain in 1997.)

Mac is a busy dog. A hoarder, actually. While his family goes about its business - Dad singing in the shower or painting the house, Mom gardening or knitting Dad a sweater, Maurice going to school or playing with his blocks - Mac hoards away items of interest. Everyone in the family notices these items have gone missing but are at a loss as to where.

This is a wonderful book for learning words, colors, and numbers, and identifying a variety of different things in the pictures.

British writer and artist Bruce Ingman's exuberant artwork can tell the story without the text. The Guardian reviewed the author's work in Bruce Ingham, The Line of Beauty:

"Picasso is often quoted as having said that although he could "draw like Raphael at 14", and "paint like Velázquez at 15", it took him a lifetime to learn to draw like a child. Young children have an uninhibited, instinctive, approach to drawing, unhampered by any perceived rules and it's that ability to put feeling before form that gives Bruce Ingman's illustrations a certain guileless innocence."

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Condition*: Near fine/Very Good. The dust jacket has a small bump at the head of the spine.

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