Peter and his father are moving to a new house beyond the dark unfriendly woods. When they arrive at their new home, Peter wants to turn back. Fortunately, he has Harold for company, but Harold is just a dog and can't help Peter. Scared of the things hidden in the woods, Peter makes a tall pile of pillows. He stiches and sews. He pushes and pulls. And when he is done, he has Lenny, Guardian of the Bridge, to protect him and Harold.
Lenny is a good guard but Peter worries that Lenny will get lonely out by the woods all by himself, so he makes Lucy, who is a good friend. Together, Lenny, Lucy, Peter, and Harold discover that this new place isn't so scary after all.
This title has Common Core connections.
CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Amazon.com Best Books of the Year, ALSC Notable Children's Books, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, Kansas State Reading Circle
Praise for Lenny & Lucy
“A quiet, comforting tale of finding where you belong.” —Booklist
“A wonderfully creative story of resilience and friendship.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“Hypnotic artwork and storytelling invite children to linger in the wild woods of worry and emerge intact, enriched, and utterly invigorated by this complex, contemporary fairy tale.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Erin Stead uses faded grays for the alien forest and warm, quiet color for the story's living souls. What stands out is the Steads' (Bear Has a Story to Tell) ability to evoke the wordless intimacy and companionship that every child needs-and will make for themselves, if necessary.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review