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Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2011
While 'Lost and Found' has been a strong favourite of my son, this has not. It seems to be a sequel to the aforementioned book, but it doesn't really deliver.
The art is as good as the other Oliver Jeffers books, and there's a clear narrative that doesn't require you to explain pages, but the story itself doesn't really work that well, which is a pity.
If you have all the other books by this author, then this is a nice addition, but I wouldn't recommend it as a first purchase. Also, the lack of a board format version means that you have to keep the book away from your toddlers: my son loves turning the pages on his books, but he has trouble with these big pages, which crease easily; even though it's only been read a few times it's already had some mishaps.
This is another book that seems to have a story aimed at two to three year olds, but incorporating elements that are hard for them to understand. The human canonball thing is not necessarily something a two year old can relate to, and I think it may leave younger children confused. Meanwhile, older children may find that the rest of the book is too simple for them. I don't think I'll know for sure for a couple of years, but that's my gut feeling.
The above flaws apart, this is a lovely looking book, with a positive message about friendship, but it doesn't have the kind of hook for toddlers that I'd hope for, and is far behind hits - that use rhyming verse - like 'The Gruffalo' or 'Aliens Love Underpants' by other authors.