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When a clumsy armadillo named Lola knocks over a glass pitcher, she sets off a silly chain of events, encountering chaos wherever she goes. But accidents happen--just ask the stoat snarled in spaghetti, the airborne sheep, and the bull who has broken a whole shop's worth of china. In the tradition of beloved books like The Dot and Beautiful Oops, this charming, hilarious debut from author-illustrator Andrea Tsurumi shows that mistakes don't have to be the end of the world.

Author Notes

Andrea Tsurumi is the author of the acclaimed Accident! . An illustrator and cartoonist born and raised in New York, Andrea has a passion for history, an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, and a Society of Illustrators Silver Medal. She now lives and draws in Philadelphia alongside her husband and their dog, Spatula. Visit her at andreatsurumi.com, on Twitter @AndreaTsurumi, and on Instagram @atsurumi.

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Booklist Review

*Starred Review* When Lola the armadillo spills juice all over the sofa, she cries, I've ruined everything! There's only one thing for it, of course: running away. On her dash to the library (they have books and bathrooms), she meets a bear who just obliterated a swing. Then a sheep who accidentally snipped a hose with garden shears. Then a puffer fish who ruins a cake. Then utter chaos ensues: everywhere they run, someone has ruined something. Tsurumi's pages are dizzyingly jam-packed with disasters committed by cartoonish animals of all stripes: a bull sheepishly exits a china shop with an armful of broken dishes. A narwhal bursts a balloon with its tusk. A toucan wets his pants. A turtle smashes shell first into a pie. A chicken is served an egg for breakfast! All the while, huge, calamitous words in playful, hand-drawn fonts loom large Fiasco! Big Big Trouble! Wrecked! and, finally, CATASTROPHE, when poor Lola can't even escape mayhem in the library (check out that owl stamping a library patron's face). Luckily, a wise bird reminds Lola that her initial spill was just an accident, and soon everyone's graciously apologizing and helping to tidy up the city. Tsurumi comically gets to the heart of how children frantically worry about mistakes, and poring over the riotous illustrations is pure joy. This will delight again and again.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2017 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

When a little armadillo named Lola knocks a jug of red juice all over her family's white sofa, she flees to the library to hide ("They have books and bathrooms," she reasons). But as Lola runs, it becomes apparent that she is far from an outlier: the entire city is plagued by hapless inhabitants who aren't owning up to the messes they're making. In her first picture book, cartoonist Tsurumi offers an ingenious and utterly hilarious take on this important moral issue. Her sprawling but precisely drawn and crisply colored spreads-dotted with chewy words like "Calamity!" Fiasco!" and "Mayhem!"-are utterly crammed with screw-ups that reward sharp-eyed readers: blenders explode, pants are wet, octopus ink is sprayed, and not even the library is a safe zone. Finally, a red bird who has witnessed everything teaches Lola a two-part lesson: when a mistake happens-whether through thoughtlessness, carelessness, or bad luck-it's okay to call it an accident, but it's also necessary to "make it better." Together, Lola and readers finish the story with their consciences pricked, assuaged, and thoroughly tickled. Ages 4-7. Agent: Stephen Barr, Writers House. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-When Lola the armadillo spills juice all over her family's white chair, she hastily decides to run to the library, since "they have books and bathrooms," and hide there till she's a grown-up. Along the way she encounters other animals in similar situations: a bear who breaks a swing set, a pufferfish who ruins a cake, and a lamb who chops up a hose. Things don't go very well for the group once they reach the library, and Lola finally learns how to deal with accidents-by keeping calm and trying to make amends. Tsurumi's hilarious dialogue and story is matched only by her drawings. Her world-building ability evokes the style of Richard Scarry; there's something going on in every inch of the page, and children will love to pore over the art again and again to see all the hysterical accidents occurring. With so much happening, it's easy to overlook all of the clever details, like the narwhal in the background who pops a balloon with its horn or the mole who sits on a cactus, far away from the main action. Her choice of a 60's color palette not only makes her characters pop of the page and add to their charm, but ensures that this book will age well and may be shared for decades to come. VERDICT A standout hit-make no mistake about it.-Peter Blenski, Greenfield Public Library, WI © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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