This book comes to life through the mind of a child compelled to find his misplaced pencil. "I was going to draw, but my blue pencil was missing. Where do all the lost things go?" When he looks inside his pencil box he sees a slim ray of light, and his imagination sends him through the opening and into an unknown world in search of his pencil. Soon he finds himself in the Land of Lost Things! He enters through the Forest of Lost Blue Pencils, where the sun is setting. But it isn't the sun; it's a golden button he lost a long time ago. He finds lots of other things he has lost as he follows the path to the Mountain of Lost Mittens, through the Garden of Lost Umbrellas and to the Island of Lost Stuffed Animals. Bursztyn's colorful gouache, collage and pen-and-ink illustrations lend their own charm to this magical story.