Lizard’s Guest

Illustrated by Aruego & Dewey.
Greenwillow (HarperCollins), 2003.


“The latest installment of Lizard’s adventures begins weith Lizard exuberantly dancing and singing, until he stomps on Skunk’s toes by accident….Young readers will quickly spot Skunk’s duplicity, and will cheer Lizard’s ingenious solution to making Skunk reveal himself. ..Lizard’s indefatigable joviality is hard to resist, and his song—“Sing zing-a-ling./ Sing a zoli-o./ Follow me/ And around we’ll go!”—will inspire readers and listeners to sing and leap along with him.” KIRKUS

“The color cartoon illustrations show the black-and-white striped skunk prancing about while his bright-green benefactor is away, and are a bouncy match for the humorous text and Lizard’s energetic song, “zoli-o.” The moral is treated in a light-hearted manner, which makes this a good choice for younger children…” SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Lizard “turns the sulky, selfish houseguest into a swaying and singing Skunk in this sprightly tale, enhanced by bright, fluid watercolors.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY