Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! Most of the books come from the Nashville Public Library. Although we buy a good book or two every now and then. I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.
Title: Mr. Biddles
Author: Kristine A. Lombardi
Published by Harper, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
Copyright 2017 by Kristine A. Lombardi
No. of pages: 32
About the Author & Illustrator
(from the back flap jacket of the book) Kristine A. Lombardi has been collecting old office supplies, fountain pens, labels, typewriter erasers, and antique ledgers ever since she can remember–and found the perfect spot for many of these treasures in her detailed illustrations for Mr. Biddles. The author of two other books for children, Love Bunny and The Grumpy Pete (neither featuring a lobster pyramid), Kristine lives in Montclair, New Jersey, where she tries to make only right-hand turns whenever driving. Find her at www.kristinelobardi.com
Mr. Biddles is about a genius inventor cat who lives by himself on a house up the hill. One day, a lobster named Hobson finds himself on Mr. Biddles’ doorsteps.
Mr. Biddles welcomes the company and he learns to live with someone else–a friend. Hobson became his lab assistant and a friend who watches TV shows with him. But Hobson misses his family. So Mr. Biddles uses his genius to find a solution, a way to transport Hobson back to Maine where his family lives. Mr. Biddles helps Hobson go back home and enjoys seeing Hobson happy with his family.
Because Hobson was so happy with his family, Mr. Biddles decides to go home by himself. Back home, he misses Hobson and was surprised and happy to see him back.
Values or Lessons
This book is an exploration of friendship and what it can mean to a lonely person. While Mr. Biddles is a good inventor, he still needs a friend. Everybody needs a friend.
Another topic that the book explores is dealing with loneliness and homesickness. Hobson misses his family. There are times that kids may go somewhere or that they are left with grandparents and they miss their family.
Mr. Biddles also helps solve a problem–how can Hobson travel to Maine. It was fun reading about how he and Hobson looked for a way to invent a transportation solution to allow Hobson to go home. That is a good quality to develop among kids and certainly aligns with how we tell our son to “try harder” whenever he experiences something difficult.
The artwork is great. There are pages and spreads that are full of beautiful landscapes. A lot of pages are also cluttered nicely with photos of papers, cabinets, and other things that you would find in an inventor’s office.
The text is rendered in a serif font, sparse and easy to read. There are no long blocks of text that clutter the pages.