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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Adventures of Lorenzo the Bear: Encounter at Jellyfish Cove is a children’s book written and illustrated by Carmela Dutra. Lorenzo practices his sword-fighting every day, and the other animals always used to wonder why he did so. He’d explain that he was practicing in case he had to fight a pirate, and they’d all laugh at him when he said that. One day, he met another bear named Lucy who didn’t laugh at his practicing and actually wanted to practice along with him. They had fun meeting up every day and fighting with Lorenzo’s swords until one day Lucy wasn’t at their meeting place. He searched all over for her in vain, until he went to the lake where his friend Larry the Lobster told him that Lucy had been captured by a pirate.
Carmela Dutra’s children’s adventure book, The Adventures of Lorenzo the Bear at Jellyfish Cove, is a delight! Dutra combines an exciting and fun adventure tale with some of the most inspired illustrations I’ve seen in some time. Her drawings are deceptively simplistic until you start to examine her use of perspective, scale and coloring. My eyes danced as they followed along the hilly trail that leads Lorenzo to Lucy, and I loved looking at the expressions of the birds who help Lorenzo rescue his friend. Then there’s the fearsome pirate, Lord Boris the Red-Butted Baboon, whose grim and scowling face is just marvelous. Every page of The Adventures of Lorenzo the Bear: Encounter at Jellyfish Cove is filled with story and eye-popping art. As I read it, I sat with a huge smile on my face -- and I’m still smiling. This a kid’s book to get excited about, and it is most highly recommended.