January 2010 Indie Next List
“Of course lawn ornaments come to life and tell stories. Why hasn't anyone thought of this before? Dan Yaccarino has created a brilliant tale.”
— Rebecca Dowling, Hockessin Book Shelf, Hockessin, DE
Not everyone loves lawn ornaments. But Pearl was different. Pearl was their friend—the only human who knew they were real.
So when Pearl’s family moves and (shockingly!) leaves their pink flamingo, deer, gnome, and lawn jockey behind, Flo, Betty, Norm, and Jack know what they must do. They must find Pearl no matter how long and perilous the journey.
Through cities and suburbs, over mountains and through swamps, the ornaments make their dangerous way. They survive storms and menacing gargoyles. They get directions from weather vanes and other statuary. And always, always, they must avoid the dreaded trash truck!
In this hysterical and quirky tale of toys-come-to-life, Dan Yaccarino reminds us that home is where the heart is and that no journey is too difficult when it leads to the one you love.
About the Author
Dan Yaccarino is an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator with more than 30 books to his credit. Dan is also the creator of the animated TV series Oswald. He lives in New York City with his wife and their two children.
Starred review, Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2009:
“Yaccarino’s endearing, earnest characters are worth getting to know.”
Review, Booklist, December 1, 2009:
Review, Publishers Weekly, December 21, 2009:
"In sinuous contemporary art, Yaccarino humorously considers the secret lives of inanimate objects."