Lenny the Lobster Can't Stay for Dinner: ...or can he? You decide! (Hardcover)
A choose-your-own-ending tale of a distinguished lobster and a fateful dinner party
When invited to a fancy dinner party, Lenny brings thoughtful gifts for the hosts and enthusiasm for whatever's in store. But when he's greeted with a pot of boiling water and lobster bibs, Lenny [and readers] must quickly decide: should he stay or go? This laugh-out-loud text by bestselling author Michael Buckley and his 10-year-old son Finn is stunningly accompanied by illustrations that demonstrate Catherine Meurisse's flare for the dramatic.
About the Author
Michael Buckley is the author of the New York Times bestselling series Sisters Grimm and N.E.R.D.S., as well as several other successful children's books.
Finn Buckley is 10 years old, and this book is his first. Father and son live in Brooklyn, New York.
Catherine Meurisse is a Paris-based illustrator, cartoonist, and comic-book artist. A survivor of the Charlie Hebdo attack, she has illustrated over 20 adult and children's books. This is her first book in English.
A Parents Nagazine Best Book of 2019
"Beyond just breaking the fourth wall, this clever account of a lobster at a dinner party directly involves readers in the choice of outcome. The limited palette of lobster reds and ocean blues outlined in scratchy black suits the wry, understated tone, though child readers familiar with the crustacean will note that bright-red Lenny has been cooked from the very beginning. Diverting."—Kirkus Reviews
"The collaboration of Buckley pére et fils will delight omnivore foodie families."—Publishers Weekly
"A clever recipe for a deviously twisted, lobster stew of a tale."—PW Shelftalker
"From the minute I saw this crustacean's crabby little face, it was love."—A Fuse Eight Production
"...A family-style serving of lobster tale."—Brooklyn Paper
"This laugh-out-loud text by bestselling author Michael Buckley and his 10-year-old son Finn is stunningly accompanied by illustrations that demonstrate Catherine Meurisse's flare for the dramatic."—New York City Official City Guide
"Michael Buckley teams with young son Finn for this darkly hilarious account that mixes in elements from the Choose Your Own Adventure novels. Meurisse has a blast with the illustrations, creating a memorable, incredulous lobster hero who finds out the real reason he has been invited for dinner. Run Lenny Run!"—Mr. Brian's Picture Book Pics
"Honestly hilarious."—A Fuse Eight Production (SLJ)
"Delightful. A fun, interactive book for a young child to read aloud with a parent."—Warren-Newport Public Library
"Funny."—Flying Off My Bookshelf
"The Unexpected Ending: Picture Books That Stick the Landing in Weird, Wild Ways: What could be a more surprising ending than a Choose Your Own Adventure one? Allow Lenny to choose wisely or lead him down into the valley of the shadow of death. The ending is entirely up to you."—A Fuse 8 Production/SLJ.com
"Loved the art, loved the writing, and it's really and truly funny to boot. A winner."—A Fuse 8 Production / SLJ.com
I enjoyed the book although it's not one I would have selected on my own. Especially for a debut novel I thought it was well done and engaging. I can't attest to the historical accuracy of the book's premise (yes, I know it's historical fiction). Over-all I would recommend it to anyone looking for an easy, entertaining read for beachside (when beaches reopen) or for a weekend of relaxation even if it's in your own backyard. There were moments where I thought the perspectives of the protagonist - Anita (The Woman in Red) - stemmed from our 21st century experiences as opposed to how the setting might have been perceived in the time period of the book, but this wasn't so distracting that it ruined the novel. On an entirely positive note, I would say that one place where most novels fail for me is the ending - too many novels are either entirely predictable or feel rushed and hurried as if trying to tie up all the loose ends. I was not expecting the outcome at the end of The Woman in Red!
Overall I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars . It was a respectable first novel from Diana Giovinazzo, with an engaging story line that was enjoyably uncomplicated yet intriguing, a likeable protagonist, and a surprise ending.
- reviewed by Diane, customer