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Lucky Lazlo by Steve Light

Lucky Lazlo by Steve Light is a visual delight, as are all his picture books. With his newest book, I also learned a lot about theater traditions from the author's note at the end of the book that sent me back to the beginning to read all over again with a new eye.

Lazlo is in love. He buys the last red rose - how lucky! - from a flower seller and heads to the theater where the girl he loves is starring in Alice in Wonderland at the Peacock Theater. But in front of the theater, Lazlo runs into some bad luck. A cat steals his rose and the chase is on!

Through the stage door and into the backstage where everyone is getting their costumes on, across the orchestra pit, over the prop table and beyond, the chase continues. The cat breaks a mirror - cringe - but drops the rose when he sees a mouse to chase. Lazlo snatches up the rose, a big smile on his face, and he steps onto a stray croquet ball that sends him rolling across the stage to cries of, "Bravo! Bravo!" In the end, th…
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