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School Library Journal - 04/01/2013 PreS—Leon, a green iguana, is caught with no toilet paper. He has enjoyed a good breakfast and spent the morning in the sun. When nature calls, he hides behind a tree to take care of business and then discovers the empty toilet-paper roll. He considers using leaves or grass to clean himself, but neither of those choices is satisfactory. He spies what he assumes to be a discarded and torn pair of red-dotted underpants that "will do the trick." When he is done, he casts aside the soiled briefs, but then his conscience gets the better of him. He wrestles with the little voice inside that tells him he shouldn't touch other people's property. The argument is typed in alternating fonts. Finally, the repentant lizard washes out the garment and hangs it up to dry. After Leon has headed off to sun himself again, a rabbit dressed as a superhero appears. He retrieves his clothing and flies away, wearing his freshly laundered mask. "'Old underpants full of holes. Indeed!'" Di Giacomo's notable collagelike illustrations, rendered in a natural palette of greens, browns, and blues, succinctly portray Leon's turbulent emotions. His expressive features tell the whole story. This brief adventure teaches an unconventional lesson about listening to one's conscience.—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston, MA - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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