Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Lenny's life is not that of an average nine year old. His mother constantly wears gloves, his father is somewhere out in space (or is he?), and he is always being sent to the principal. With the friendship and guidance of Muriel, the school counselor, as well as his newly discovered friend, Van, Lenny begins to find his place in the world and learns to interact meaningfully with others.
Lenny's Space by Kate Banks is an interesting and quick read. I found the relationship between Lenny and Muriel very reminiscent of There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar, except that Sachar's version is much better in my opinion. However, Lenny's Space is still successful as a book that delves into the life of a misfit child who finds his space in the world as well as one that deals with mortality.