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Children's LiteraturePart of the "Read-it! Readers" series (Green Level), this text is quite dense and challenging, and the illustrations are funny. The story is a little disjointed, starting with Forrest the fox who lives in a high rise and is told he has only 30 seconds before he is late for school. Presumably, school is in the high rise, although since Forrest waits for and misses a crowded elevator, one must assume 30 seconds have passed and he is already late. Then, he is distracted by Freddy, his elephant friend who has wound his trunk in knots. Forrest tries to unknot his friend's trunk but only adds another knot. He takes Freddy to the giraffe librarian who gets an arm tangled in Freddy's trunk. They head for the nurse but accidentally get off the elevator at the restaurant where the hippopotamus chef oils Freddy's trunk, unknotting it and freeing the librarian. They dance in front of the restaurant patrons and then tumble into a tangled mess. That's the end of the story and we don't know if Forrest ever makes it to school. 2004, Picture Window Books, Ages 4 to 9.