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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Miss Poly Loly and Her Gifts is a children’s picture book, written by Karen Avril and illustrated by Michelle Dybing. Mason misplaces one of his soccer shoes at the same time that his sister, Ellie, loses one of her ballet shoes. Dad has lost his phone and his car keys. All are running late, whether for school or work, as Mom is busy feeding baby Gabriel and therefore unable to help. The sound of the doorbell answers all of their prayers, as their magical friend, Miss Poly Loly, has arrived to save the day. Not only does Miss Poly Loly take care of all of the frustrating problems in the house, but she also provides Mom with a glorious solution to her exhaustion.
Oh, if only Miss Poly Loly were available to us all on those more hectic days. Karen Avril’s delightful tale of a house filled with disasters, showing everything which could possibly go wrong, left me with a smile. I was reminded of so many incredible stories that had been read to me (or that I had read) when I was very young, always starting with a shocking (yet giggle-worthy) beginning and ending in a flawless fashion, showing that nothing is as bad as it seems once the fluster disappears. The children and parents all became frantic at the loss of this and the loss of that, troubling their mother who’d had her hands more than full with an adventurous baby who loved to play with his food. The family’s cat gave an extra domesticated and fuzzy feel to the story, while also adding to the humor of the drama as it unfolds. I wholeheartedly enjoyed Karen Avril’s wonderful book, Miss Poly Loly and Her Gifts, and recommend it to be read by children aged 6-12, so that they might appreciate the value in putting things where they belong so they need never be late again.