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LENNY & LUCY by Philip Stead



Another fine book by the Steads…Peter, the author, and Erin, the illustrator.  This pair takes an avenue of childhood and turns it into such a fine story for children and adults alike.  They can make a special story out of some of the harder lessons children sometimes have to learn.  This is one of those.

Peter and his father (not stated, but assumed by the pictures) are moving to a new home far into the woods, a seemingly lonely and rather dark place to live.  But moving, they are.  Peter has his dog, Harold.  Peter finds that, upon arrival, the place has some fearful characteristics.  Harold is not enough, though, to keep the fears at bay for Peter so he sets to work making an overstuffed “Lenny” to guard the bridge leading to and from the woods.  Peter finds pillows and cloth and clothing and sews them altogether to create “Lenny.”  He watches Lenny guarding the bridge and wonders if Lenny is lonely out there at night.  So he creates “Lucy” to be Lenny’s companion.  So the two of these creations guard the bridge. They are also friends to Peter in the daytime.

Peter is not completely alone in these woods though as Millie turns up at his doorstep one day.  She lives just next door.  Millie meets Lenny and Lucy and Harold.  These woods turn out to be far less scary after all.

The story is told in the pictures with a few perfectly formed sentences, so much so that the reader’s imagination is enticed and enthralled and drawn right into the world of Peter, Harold, Lenny, and Lucy.  And, by all means, DO NOT FORGET TO READ THE BACK COVER.  There is one sentence back there to complete this wonderful story.

Erin Stead’s illustrations are simply wonderful.  Black, white and grays sweep each page.  Minimal color touches a page right where we are to focus in order to pick up on some special characteristic or a place where the story is being told without words.  Erin uses carbon transfer printing, egg tempura, and charcoal for these illustrations.

I love this book.  I love their books!  What more can I say!

Reading Level:  3 – 7 Years


PHILIP C. STEAD “is the author of the Caldecott Medal winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee, also named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2010 and a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2010, illustrated by his wife, Erin E. Stead (A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, 2010).  Philip, also an artist, both wrote and illustrated his debut Creamed Tuna Fish and Peas on Toast (Roaring Brook Press, 2009), which was applauded by School Library Journal for “its wry humor and illustrations worthy of a Roald Dahl creation.”  Philip lives with Erin in Ann Arbor, Michigan.”  You can find lots more directly from Philip @


Erin Stead “is the Caldecott Medal winning illustrator of A Sick Day for Amos McGee, also named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2010 and a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2010 (A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, 2010). She and her husband, author and artist Philip Stead, with whom she co-created A Sick Day for Amos McGee and Bear Has a Story to Tell, live in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Bear Has a Story to Tell was named a Best Children’s Book of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews. Erin also illustrated And Then It’s Spring written by Julie Fogliano and named a 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and a Best Children’s Book of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly.”  Her website has much more to share:

Book Information

ISBN-13: 9781596439320
Publisher:  Roaring Brook Press
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)






I am a quiet woman growing each day in the LORD. Christ is my home. He is the well from which I drink. I became His 25 years ago. I am 73 so that is actually a small percentage of my life through which I could have walked closely with Him. No matter, He never stopped waiting for me. I am now a widow from a Christ-centered marriage of 25 years to Kenneth. I praise God for him. I miss him so. We had no children. I feel God’s call to be His light in this dark world. I am grateful for the love God gives to me so I may give it away. I live in Lufkin, Texas, USA (in Deep East Texas/Pineywoods). I have taught Women’s Sunday School/Bible Study, co-administrated/taught a teen girls’ annual conference. I participate in women’s Bible studies in church as well as on my own. I am a retired elementary school teacher, having taught in California, Washington, D.C., and have taught older children and adults in Oregon and Texas. I also retired from being a children’s librarian in the public library system, a job I thoroughly loved. I tutored primary-aged children who are falling behind in those early years of school until we moved in May 2017.

13 thoughts on “LENNY & LUCY by Philip Stead

    1. YES! All the Stead’s books are just so amazing and so worth pondering every page, every word, every line. I love them all. They are quit a talented and creative couple!!


  1. This is a really gorgeous book that I immediately fell in love with. There is quiet here, but also hope, and coming to terms with something new/different and growing from the experience.


    1. Yes, if you do not know the Steads (husband and wife team) look for “A Sick Day for Amos McGee” and many others. They are a fine team: author/illustrator.


  2. Wow, wow, wow! As an artist, I would love to know more about the artist’s process because the early Italian Renaissance painters used egg tempura paint! So neat. This also sounds like a sweet empowering story for children.

    Thanks for linking up to Literary Friday!!!



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