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Rip Squeak and His Friends (Rip Squeak Series)
     

Rip Squeak and His Friends (Rip Squeak Series)

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by Susan Yost-Filgate, Leonard Filgate (Illustrator)
 

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Rip Sqeak is a mouse who develops unconventional friendships with Abbey, a kitten and a frog named Euripides. Learn how it all began in this first Rip Squeak book. English lanugage edition.

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Rip Sqeak is a mouse who develops unconventional friendships with Abbey, a kitten and a frog named Euripides. Learn how it all began in this first Rip Squeak book. English lanugage edition.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This first book in a projected series, the Roaring Adventures of Rip Squeak, by a husband-and-wife team, suffers from a surfeit of cuteness. Rip Squeak and Jesse are brother and sister mice who befriend a lonely kitten one day when her owners are away. Their circle soon expands to include a theatrical frog named Euripedes, after he helps save Jesse from a not-so-fluffy feline. Any excitement that might have been drummed up by the mild adventures the creatures encounter is deflated by leaden descriptions ("they popped popcorn, told silly jokes and laughed so hard it hurt") and an excess of exclamation points. If the text borders on the trite ("If you play a little faster, the piano will make a happy sound and maybe that will make you happy too"), the artwork fares marginally better. Many of Leonard Filgate's paintings reflect a keen eye for composition and color, especially in the outdoor scenes and the endpapers, but the characters assume plush-toy status thanks to such overly precious features as long eyelashes and enormous ears. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Have you ever wondered what happens when you leave the house? Have you ever wondered what the animals are doing while you're away? This beautifully illustrated book dares to imagine just that. It tells the story of one house whose owners have gone away on vacation and left the cat and some mice and one garden frog alone. Does it sound like a dangerous mixture? Well, what happens next is a series of lively adventures that are driven by fun and imagination. It reminds us that a lot of things can go on while the humans are away. The story itself is wonderful, but the pictures really bring it to life. They are exquisitely crafted and make a reader feel as if she can actually reach out and touch the characters. Leonard Filgate is obviously exceptionally talented and should be commended for the work displayed here. This book really should be a must-have for any collection. 2001, Smallfellow Press, $16.95. Ages 5 up. Reviewer: Sheree Van Vreede
Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
The humans have left the cottage and Rip Squeak and his sister Jesse have the whole place to themselves. They venture into the kitchen and make the acquaintance of a friendly cat named Abby. The three run to the garden to play among the flowers and butterflies until it rains. Little Jesse, who loves the rain, goes back outside and is almost caught by an angry tomcat until she is rescued by a flamboyant frog, Euripides. For the rest of their fun day together the new friends make popcorn, play the piano, and sing. But the greatest treat of all is when they discover a room full of toys. There they happily play until they fall into an exhausted sleep. The story is simple and straightforward yet lacks any real sense of excitement and adventure. The handsome pastoral images are reminiscent of a more innocent bygone era but are not enough to rescue the story from mediocrity. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780974782508
Publisher:
Raven Tree Press, LLC
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Series:
Rip Squeak Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.36(w) x 10.79(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Rip Squeak and His Friends (Rip Squeak Series) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first fell in love with Rip, Jesse, Abbey and Euripides from seeing their adorable faces created by the illustrator/artist in an art gallery. After seeing the original paintings again, I purchased the book. The story is adorable and the characters are wonderful. I have since given this book as presents to all of my nieces and nephews as well as to many friends with children. They all love the story. The lessons of friendship, adventure and courage are loved by children and adults alike. I can not wait for yet another adventure of Rip Squeak and his friends.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter and i have 2 books in the series and we both just love them!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is cute but It's almost like the author can't relate to a child's interest level. The pictures are beautiful and the main reason why the book was purchased. It would have made better reading for my grandsons if the the story had been more childlike in line with with the characters.