Images and text by Carter.
I am not the most fashionable of gals. My librarian roots show up in constant cardigans, glasses and flats. And when I’m inspired by this southern California vibe, my breezy and effortless just looks sloppy and lazy. But when I was looking for a dreadful sweater on which to photograph this book, I couldn’t find one! I’m going to consider that a fashion win.
Except — these sweaters are actually and truly atrocious. One of Lester’s chuckle-worthy knits has holes where it shouldn’t and none where it should. And despite feeling woe for poor Lester, I felt a little better about my closet. The inciting event of K.G. Campbell’s Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters is delightfully absurd and wonderful and terrifying: a crocodile chomped Cousin Clara’s house. So, naturally, Cousin Clara moves in with Lester’s family and clickety-click-knits him piles of hideous sweaters. Lester wrestles with his knitting nemesis with deadpan wit and charm. His world makes perfect nonsensical sense, and that’s why this story is such an un-dreadful one to devour.
P.S. – K.G. Campbell is one to watch if you are into kids’ book illustrations! Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters is his debut, but look for him soon on Kate DiCamillo’s upcoming Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures and Ame Dyckman’s Tea Party Rules. And another side note while we are speaking of fashion, I love this peek into Gabrielle’s suitcase!