I picked up this week's Marvelous Middle Grade because I thought it might appeal to my eight-year-old, and I was right. In HOW TO SAVE YOUR TAIL, by Mary Hanson, a rat named Bob tells stories to a couple of cats to keep them from eating him. He also feeds them cookies.
This one will appeal to younger and more reluctant readers, but my twelve-year-old and I also enjoyed it. Bob's fractured fairy tales feature his rat relatives as main characters and reminded me of Jon Scieszka's THE TRUE STORY OF THE 3 LITTLE PIGS! (one of the best fairy tale picture books ever). Almost every page made us giggle, and the cookie breaks between stories kept us wondering how Bob would outsmart the cats.
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Have a Marvelous Monday!