Ed and Fred Flea

Ed and Fred Flea

by Pamela Duncan Edwards, Henry Cole
     
 

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As his brother prepares to leave the dog they share, Fred the greedy flea pretends to have the flu in order to stay behind and have the whole dog to himself! Color illustrations throughout. See more details below

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As his brother prepares to leave the dog they share, Fred the greedy flea pretends to have the flu in order to stay behind and have the whole dog to himself! Color illustrations throughout.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bad Fred Flea, who shares residence on a dog with his angelic brother, Ed, hopes to get the whole hound to himself. When Ed, who reads the dog's whining as a warning to move on, invites Fred to bail out with him, Fred feigns illness to stay behind and stake more territory. His response to Ed's accusation of faking--"`No, it's true!' Bad Fred lied. `And there never can be,/ a pill to cure a poor flu-y flea'"--initiates a long digression about other animal diseases that can be cured. Ed's triumph is short-lived, however, for in the end, out comes the flea powder. The Edwards and Cole team is missing the wordplay and whimsy of their The Worrywarts (reviewed above) here. Cole may entertain readers with gleeful caricatures of the fleas in their respective arm chairs--Ed smiling with a cup of tea at his elbow, Fred glowering with arms crossed and a spring popping out of his chair--but this glib tale of comeuppance is unlikely to make readers itch for rereadings. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 Two flea brothers live at opposite ends of a huge dog. While Ed is content with his life, greedy Fred wants the entire pup as his own. When the canine starts scratching and whining, Ed urges his sibling to leave with him immediately. Seeing his chance to gain territory, Fred fakes a case of flea flu. His delight in his clever trick is short-lived, however, after the hound's owners apply flea powder. The rhymed text includes some clever touches; there are cures for weasels with measles and a snake with a stomachache. Cole's watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations reinforce the humorous tone. However, the slight story seems burdened with the obvious message. Once listeners discover the surprise ending during the first reading, rereading seems unlikely. An additional purchase for libraries with high demand for funny picture books. Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786804689
Publisher:
Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date:
09/25/1999
Series:
Flea Brothers Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 8.76(h) x 0.35(d)
Lexile:
310L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 18 Years

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