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Lost and Found

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  103 ratings  ·  34 reviews
When Justin loses the special hat his grandmother made for him, he looks everywhere he can think of to find it. Everywhere, that is, except the Lost and Found. Mr. Rumkowsky, the old school custodian, is the keeper of all the lost and found items, and everyone is afraid of him, including Justin. With his grandmother coming to visit soon, his mom upset, and the hat nowhere...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Peachtree Publ
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Lost and Found, written by Bill Harley and illustrated by Adam Gustavson, is a nominee for the 2014-15 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

Lost and Found is a charming, colorful book about Justin, a boy who has lost his hat. He looks everywhere for this special hat made by his grandmother, but he can't find it anywhere. Eventually, he makes his way to the Lost and Found at school. Everyone avoids the Lost and Found because they're scared of the custodian, Mr. Rumkowsky.

Justin soon learns that Mr....more
Melanie Baxa
Lost and Found is a children's book written by Bill Harley. It has great illustrations and is the winner of the Golden Sower award. It is about a little boy who lost something very special to him and is willing to do anything to get it back, even if that means going and talking to the old and grumpy Mr. Rumkowsky. After finding some of his friends things they lost in Mr. Runkowsky's office he was determined to keep looking through everything he had until he found his hat. He went back every day...more
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Reviewed by Madi, 5th grade student:

I read the book "Lost and Found" and I really enjoyed it. You can follow Justin on his adventure through the lost and found box to find his favorite hat. The big question is, "Will he find it in time?"

Note by ACS Blogger: The illustrations by Adam Gustavson again are very appropriate and appealing. Gustavson's creative art is from the perspective of a child's eye view and his two-page spreads are a delight. He really captures to essence of Justin's emotions...more
I have never read anything by Bill Harley and was compelled to log on to my library website and order several of his books after reading Lost and Found. Such a fantastic read aloud or independent read for children! The characters are all wonderfully developed and many delightful questions can be discussed over this simple yet fun story of a young boy who has lost his wool cap his grandmother knitted for him. Will he dare ask the cantankerous old Mr. Rumkowsky, the schools custodian, for help? Ho...more
Every school or neighborhood has one--that elderly man or woman about whom all sorts of stories are told, often unfounded, prompting the children in the school or neighborhood to avoid him/her out of fear. In this book, the school janitor, Mr. Rumkowsky, is feared by the students, and Justin dreads asking him for help when he loses the hat his grandmother knitted just for him. But it turns out that Mr. Rumkovsky is a rather helpful man, not scary at all and that the Lost and Found is filled with...more
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Justin has lost his favorite hat! It is blue and white with orange stars all the way around the hat. The main reason it is his favorite hat is because his grandmother made it especially for him. He just has to find his hat.

Justin and some of his friends looked all over the playground at school for his hat. A friend told him it might be in the Lost and Found. But everyone was afraid of Mr. Rumkowsky the janitor and he was in charge of the Lost and Found. So instead of going to Lost and Found he s...more
Lucy Meadors
This stunning book written by Bill Harley and illustrated by Adam Gustavson tells the story of a little boy that has lost a very special hat. The little boy's grandmother made him a hat with a fuzzy red ball on top. The boy's grandmother is coming soon, so he HAS to find it. His mother constantly reminds him to look for the hat at school. At first, the little boy is determined to find the hat himself. He looks on the playground and asks some of his friends, and none of them had seen it. All of h...more
This BMJ nominee is a cute story about a boy looking through the school lost and found to find his lost hat. Everyone is afraid of the grouchy looking custodian who has the lost and found in his office so Justin shows a lot of courage when he goes to the custodian's office. He returns all his friends lost items they were too scared to look for and the custodian lets him keep anything interesting he finds, which he shares with his friends. The ending has an interesting twist.
When Justin loses the hat his grandmother made for him, his mom tells him he needs to find it no matter what. Mr. Rumkowsky, the school janitor, has a reputation for being a mean grouch. Justin braves his office and finds his friends' lost items but not his hat. Finally, on the day Justin's grandmother is arriving to visit, Justin finds a hat that looks almost exactly like his at the bottom of an enormous Lost and Found box. The name tag reveals that the hat belonged to his mother. A sweet and g...more
Genre: realistic fiction
Copyright: 2012

A boy, Justin lost his hat that his grandmother made for him. He must to find it because it's made by his grandmother, but he is afraid of going to the lost and found at school. Actually, all kids are afraid to go there although they loses things since they are too afraid to ask Mr. Rumkowsky who is the manager of the lost and found. Mr. Rumkowsky is very old and the lost and found is way down at the end of the scary hallway behind the cafeteria. In the beg...more
LOST AND FOUND is an adorable story with beautiful illustrations that would be appropriate and enjoyable for children of all ages! When young Justin loses the special hat his grandmother made him *right* before her visit, he must face the dreaded Lost and Found department down the scary hallway at school. The worst part is the scary old man who guards the Lost and Found -- he's been there ever since Justin's mother went to that school and *every* kid on earth is terrified of him!

The ending was o...more
Feb 23, 2013 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: for preschool-grade 3
I really enjoyed this book. I think it will be a good addition to the book collection being created for my now-baby nieces. Lost and Found is about a child who loses a hat his grandmother made for him. In his search for it - he needs to find it as his gran is visiting this coming weekend - he must visit his school's Lost and Found, which is staffed by the very scary - to the kids, at least - Mr. Rumkowsky. I liked how Bill Harley described these scenes, and Adam Gustavson's illustrations were mo...more
Lost & Found is a cute and ironic ending mystery about a boy who lost hat at school, but he was too afraid to ask the janitor, Mr. Rumkowsky. His hat was blue and white hat with orange stars, with no fuzzy red ball on top as it fell off. His mother keeps asking him if he found his hat was made by his grandmother. After much pressure, the boy decides to find the hat on his own, but after several failed attempts and avoidance of his friends advise to ask the janitor, he finally asks the janito...more
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Lost and Found by Bill Harley was an adorable book. It is about a little boy who lost his special hat at school. This hat was made by his grandmother, who is coming to see him over the weekend. His mother tells him to go to the lost and found to look for it. The lost and found, is in the office of Mr. Rumkowsky. The little boy does not want to go to the lost and found because he like everyone else is afraid of Mr. Rumkowsky. Mr. Rumkowsky has been there for a very long time, since the narrator’s...more
Amy Adams
When I was a kid, I loved books about little things. Collections of tiny treasures still enchant me, so this book appealed to me as an adult, and I think little me would've liked it, too. The story is very relatable. What kid wants to talk to a seemingly ancient and grumpy old mumbly guy? And what kid doesn't get tired of hearing about how he shouldn't lose stuff?
I thought the illustrations were excellent. They provide a lot of "Can you find..." opportunities. I think this is a great book for e...more
Justin has lost his hat. It's his special hat made by his grandmother. It is urgent that he find it as his grandmother is coming to visit and she will wonder where it is. Of course, Justin knows he lost it at school so he searches everywhere he can think of - except LOST AND FOUND! That is the last place you look for anything as it would mean talking to old Mr. Rumkowsky! Nevertheless, Justin is forced to go down the scariest hallway in school to visit the dreaded department. Justin finds out Mr...more
This is only the second picture book of Bill Harley's of which I am familiar but I completely enjoyed the mini-themes of school story, fear of the unknown, of Lost and Found being a treasure hunt and the surprising twists hidden at the end. Adam Gustavson's oil paintings are a perfect pairing with this story, adding warmth with extra details.

I did not include this in my review but this video is a wonderful chat between the author and illustrator about the making of this book. http://youtu.be/MR...more
Destinee Sutton
This is a great picture book for 3rd and 4th graders. It's a clever story about a boy who loses his hat and has to face the dreaded keeper of the lost and found, Mr. Rumkowsky. The boy's mom chides him for losing the hat because his grandmother made it for him, but when the boy finds his hat it turns out to be his mother's hat--and exact copy that she lost when she was a student at the same school. In a great little wordless follow-up, the reader sees Mr. Rumkowsky finding the boy's actual hat.
This was a really cute book about a boy who loses his hat at school, but is too scared of the custodian to check the lost and found for a few days. When he finally does he discovers all sorts of treasures, including an identical hat to his that his mom lost when she was a student at his school years ago. He also discovers that the custodian isn't so bad after all.

Cute story of not judging a book by its cover and knowing when to ask for help when you need it.
What an enjoyable story about a lost hat! A young boy goes in search of his lost hat in the school’s lost and found. Reading about all the different items found in the lost and found box is a fun read. I liked how the story ended. I thought the author did a very good job by adding in a couple twists to make the story interesting. I also enjoyed the illustrations, I thought they were well done and not filled with unnecessary items. I gave this book 5/5 stars.
Emily (Heinlen) Davis
The writing was ok and the pictures were great, but the story really seemed to lack substance. It was over just as quickly as it started. I understand the point of it, which is don't judge someone before you know them, but I think it needs to be better spelled out if you are trying to get that point across to a little kid. Also, the author might have also actually described some of the weird things that the kid found instead of just having pictures of them.
Justin loses the hat his grandma made him. He looks all over for it, but doesn't want to go see Mr. Rumkowsky and the lost and found. Once he gets up his courage he finds there was nothing to be afraid of and that lost and found is pretty awesome. Loved the illustrations and all the fun things that have been in lost and found for years.
I love the idea of this book and its plot: a kid asking the mean old janitor (who's not really that mean) if he can look in the giant box of lost and found items for his missing hat. He finds some pretty interesting things in that box (testament to all the kids who've gone before who were also afraid to ask Mr. Rumkowsky for their belongings). But the text in the beginning of the book (first few pages) was a little off to me. Too much set up, perhaps.
Age: K-2nd grade

What ever could be in that enormous lost and found box at school? When Justin looses his hat, he must face his fears by going to talk to the old janitor in order to find his hat. A well-written semi-mystery to read aloud about the ominous lost and found box at school.
This is an awesome book to read to children about the value of never giving up. Justin has lost the hat that his grandmother knit for him and he has to go see scary Mr. Rumkowsky who is in charge of the lost and found. He returns day and day looking for his has until one day....
Another book that hasn't been published yet that I was able to get hold of at BEA 2012. The illustrator signed it and I love his art and I really dig this story, as I have enjoyed so much of Harley's work over the years. It's a great addition to his collection
The scary janitor's office! That always seems to be a common theme. I am not sure I was ever scared of someone as a kid (although I could look that up, I suppose.) I thought this book dealt with the subject well.
Judy Desetti
Good story. Kids would like this general story about a bot afraid to go to lost and found and yet an urgent need to find a beloved hat his grandmother made.

Custodian reminded me of Joe... Scary and grumpy.
Justin has lost the hat his grandmother made for him, and if he is to find it in time for her visit he will have to go talk to Mr. Rumkowsky, the gruff old school custodian in charge of the Lost and Found.
What a fun book! I particularly liked the various perspectives every time you turned the page. Probably best suited for older kids with a bit of a sense of humor.
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A two-time Grammy award-winning artist and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the RI Council for the Humanities, Bill uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. His work spans the generation gap, reminds us of our common humanity and challenges us to be our very best selves. A prolific author and recording artist, Bill tours n...more
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