Abducted and trapped in a strange house, Mr. Buttonman plans a daring escape.
In this wordless tale, Mr. Buttonman, a tiny, slender stick figure stitched from black thread with a blue button head, innocently picks a daisy from a grassy landscape. Suddenly, a woman unceremoniously grabs him by his button head and tosses him into her pocketbook, where he finds himself surrounded by keys, coin purse, lipstick, pins, coins, and a cough drop. After carrying Mr. Buttonman to her home, the woman drops him into a jar filled with assorted buttons on her sewing table. Frantically rattling the jar, Mr. Buttonman manages to tip it over and jettison himself onto the table, but he literally loses his head in the process. Following several failed attempts to replace his missing head with different buttons, Mr. Buttonman locates his own blue button and deftly stitches it in place. But how will he escape this house and the fierce, interfering marmalade cat that thinks Mr. Buttonman’s the perfect toy? Mr. Buttonman’s abduction and subsequent actions to escape are revealed through illustrations hand-stitched from appliqued fabric, buttons, thread, and yarn, using simple shapes and bright colors. Close-up scenes showcase Mr. Buttonman as an action hero, fighting his way out of the jar and resourcefully using materials at hand, despite his diminutive size and fragile physique.
Playful, creative illustrations showcase a plucky, unlikely hero whose quest to survive will delight.
(Picture book. 5-8)
Pub Date: today
Page Count: 40
Publisher: Simply Read Books
Review Posted Online: Sept. 1, 2020
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2020