Saturday, May 18, 2019

Downfall! Lucy Fell Down the Mountain by Kevin Cornell

So you think you've had a BAD DAY?

Lucy fell down the mountain.

She bumped her head on the rocks.

And snow stuck to her BUTT.

How did that happen? Don't ask.

Once on her way down, she passes an old mountaineer who's already dropped his ice axe, but he's still got his rope with the grappling hook, and Lucy asks for help.
"Quick!" Lucy called. "Toss your rope!"

"Noooo!" cried Lucy. "I meant toss it to ME!"

"Oh, said the mountain man. "That would have made more sense!"

Some days everything seems to go wrong!

Lucy falls past a duck with a bungee cord. Lucy hopes to grab it and bounce back with him. But the duck reports that somebody had thrown the rope at HIM. (We know who.) They fall together for a while, and then Lucy lands in a cave, which being stable and warm, is an improvement--UNTIL she realizes she's fallen in to a den of beary displeased BEARS.
"Can't I stay?" asked Lucy. My butt is freezing..."

But the bears bounce her out, and Lucy continues her fall, gathering snow until she's a veritable giant snowball....
... a kid comet...

... and comes to rest safely, but with just a bit of a barf!

It's a plot straight out of Coyote and Roadrunner cartoons, in Kevin Cornell's Lucy Fell Down the Mountain (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018. In this slapstick story, Cornell's illustrations are the thing as Lucy's googly eyes tell the tale of an unintended downfall that will be a hoot of a read for primary students. Say School Library Journal, This action-packed seasonal cliff-hanger is the perfect choice for fans of Jon Klassen's I Want My Hat Back (review here) and other stories that lean toward the bizarre.

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