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. Spanish lanugage edition.
Publishers WeeklyThis 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.
Pickett NewsThe husband and wife team, Leonard Filgate and Susan Yost-Filgate, have put a fantastic series of books featuring these wonderful characters. Leonard Filgate's richly detailed paintings, which hark back to the work of the great turn-of-the century illustrations, combine with Susan Yost-Filgate's exciting story to bring this magical world to life. This book comes highly recommended.
Children's LiteratureHave 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
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