Raincoast Books – Lint Boy!

As I mentioned previously, Raincoast Books sent over four books for my eight-year-old son to check out. The second book that was sent is called “Lint Boy” by Aileen Leijten.  It’s for ages 7-10, so right in my son’s reading zone. This book is actually a graphic novel – something my son quite likes right now. I’ve noticed that graphic novels have become really popular in the last while!

So Lint Boy is a little doll that was created from the combination of dryer lint and some lost buttons. His best bud, Lint Bear, was created in the same way – some yarn, some lint, and some buttons! They were the bestest of friends, hanging out in the dryer, enjoying some fun between the scary times when the light came on and the hand came into the dryer. However, one day, Lint Bear wasn’t quick enough to get up and out of the way when the light came on, and he was pulled out of the dryer along with the clothes!

The next chapter tells us about Tortura, the hater of dolls, who was once a very unkind little child and now is a very unkind old woman. She had never liked dolls and she was sure, from a child, that dolls were alive! However, through all the years she had never been able to prove it, no matter how mean she was to them! As an old woman, she had birdcages strewn up in her house, each with a doll in it. She had been done different things to each doll, from cutting off their hair to poking needles in them, but never had she been able to prove that the dolls were alive.

Lint Boy is devastated by the loss of Lint Bear and soon decides to leave the comfort and safety of the dryer to search for him. It doesn’t take him long to find out that Lint Bear is stuck in a cage. Because of the friendship between Lint Boy and Lint Bear, soon all the dolls start talking (after the old woman and her dog have gone to bed) and they all learn each others’ stories about how they ended up in the cages. Pretty soon, they devise a plan for escaping from the cages and getting free.

This graphic novel is an interesting book – the illustrations are great, the story line is unique, though I might find it a wee bit “scary” for kids on the younger end of the scale? But I might be more sensitive to “scary” than some – considering we have no TV in this house and thus our kids are not desensitized to “scary”.

As for my son, he quite enjoyed it! When I asked him, several days later, to tell me about the book, he was able to tell me most everything that happened! Gotta love Mom’s who make their kids give synopses after reading books! Haha! Oh, and I don’t think he found it scary! One thing I love about books is that they are so great for building vocabulary. I keep encouraging our son to ask us about words he doesn’t know – whether he doesn’t know how to pronounce them or whether he doesn’t know what they mean. After all, how will you learn if you don’t ask? He seems quite happy to be a book reviewer! Just wait until he has to do them for school – then he likely won’t be quite so happy since he’ll be the one writing the review!

Aileen has written three other books and the Hugging Hour looks particularly cute! Might have to check and see if they’re in our library!

We appreciate Raincoast Books encouraging our kids to read, as reading is such an important skill for life! And, as I said, the vocabulary kids can learn while reading is fantastic!

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  1. sound like a pretty cute story!

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    What a sweet story, I’m sure my older grandchildren would like this a lot. 🙂

  3. Love the title of the book! Looks like a book that would be hard to put down once you start reading it!

  4. This is this sort of book she’d love. And Raincoast is a fantastic company.

  5. This book sounds so cute. I love Raincoast Books

  6. Looks like a fun book for parents to read with their kids!

  7. This sounds like a good childrens story.

  8. Lynda Cook says:

    Sounds like a great book to read to the kids!!

  9. Sounds like a fun book and I love the title!

  10. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I love the idea of this book, super sweet story 🙂

  11. kristen visser says:

    such a cute idea for a book. lint is always just thrown away as well as lost buttons. adorable idea to create a book with a character such as this one

  12. We love graphic novels, they are so much fun to read!

  13. kathy downey says:

    Sure sounds like a cute little story

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