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Leo Cockroach by Kevin O'Malley
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Apr 04, 11

bookshelves: 2011, children-s, picture
Read in April, 2011

I almost really liked this book but a few weaknesses made it an okay, but not great, read. I appreciate that the cockroach is not loved by the main toy factory workers and the book is a good lesson in appreciating all kinds of people (and insects).

1) I am creeped out by cockroachers. They are icky and make me feel squicky. O'Malley makes Leo as charming and friendly as possible but unfortunately, he's still a cockroach. I was particularly icked out by the picture of him hugging his cat friend, Bernard.
2) O'Malley loves to use a graphic novel feel in his picture books and he continues the trend in this book. The scenes in which Leo inspects and tests the toys need careful attention and are required reading to fully appreciate the plot.
3) O'Malley uses some word play and I think the book would be even better with consistent buggy word play. Fully commit to the bug humor!
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