Lost and Found
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 in sight, Justin finally musters the courage to enter Mr. Rumkowsky's domain. There he discovers a whole world of treasures - lost items Justin's friends (and generations of children before them) have been too afraid to claim. Things keep getting weirder and weirder, until way down at the bottom of Rumkowsky's giant box Justin unearths something completely unexpected...
Author & Illustrator
Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy Award-winning storyteller, musician, and writer who has been writing and performing for kids and families for more than twenty years. He is the recipient of Parents' Choice and ALA awards. Bill won a 2007 Grammy Award for his children's storytelling album Blah Blah Blah and a 2009 Grammy Award for his children's spoken-word album Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live. He lives in Massachusetts.
“...With stifling tension, Harley has found the perfect emotional pitch to explore such universal childhood fears...Gustavson enhances the dramatic mood with realistic double-page spreads that artfully use a child's-eye perspective...” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Gustavson's well-composed paintings bring the story to life on the page through expressive character portrayal and the clever details of setting... An excellent read-aloud choice for classroom or library.” ―Booklist
“... Adam Gustavson's illustrations are spot on, especially on the double-spread of Justin in the enormous Lost and Found box ...” ―Parents' Choice (Parents' Choice Approved Award)
“Harley's text and especially the dialogue is spot on... Adam Gustavson's oil paint illustrations are a total delight and extend the story wonderfully...” ―Booklist online, Bookends blog
“Every child and parent on this earth can relate to and appreciate the story and marvelous illustrations in Lost and Found...” ―Good Reads with Ronna blog
“Boys and girls will love Lost and Found... Librarians and teachers will love this book for its perfect story time quality, the expressive text matched with the dynamic illustrations... Mr. Harley and Mr. Gustavson have produced a picture book that is unique yet captures a common childhood dilemma: the fear of authority.” ―Kid Lit Reviews blog
“...Something in this book really resonated with my little monkey. We've read it repeatedly from the moment it arrived... It seems each time we read it together, we talk about something new. I love that!” ―Teresa's Reading Corner blog
“...a creative story with interesting illustrations.” ―Lit for Littles blog
“An easily relatable story...readers will grasp the joke and have an additional laugh as they view the artwork on the final pages. The large-size font will be an aid to those learning to read using the picture clues. A welcome addition.” ―School Library Journal
“...you'll thrill at the unexpected treasures found in that chest of chests called the lost and found. Take a moment to marvel as it's all brought to life with striking illustrations that appear to be painted works of wonder. Share in the message that judging a book solely by its cover or a person by the passing impression they present is not the way to live a full and rich life...” ―Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers blog
“Author Bill Harley captures the essence of childhood misunderstandings that can only be erased through confrontation. Gustavson adds nerve wracking drama through illustrations from a child's eye's view...A RECOMMENDED picture book for ages 4-8 that will not only help with confronting fears, but teaches that others aren't always as they appear.” ―Boys to Books blog
“Bill Harley's skills as an oral teller translate well in his written work. Through his use of dialogue character personalities shine...Every single time I read this book I discover some new detail in the realistic, full color oil paintings rendered by Adam Gustavson...Whether sharing one on one or as a group read aloud, this is a winner.” ―Librarian's Quest blog
Parents' Choice Approved Award ―Parents' Choice Foundation 2012
Great Lakes' Great Books Award (nominee, grades 2-3) ―Michigan Reading Association 2013-2014
Maine Chickadee Award (nominee) ―Maine Association of School Librarians 2013-2014
Best Children's Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education 2013
Children's Book Award (nominee) ―Florida Reading Association 2013-2014