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Something Slimy on Primrose Drive
     

Something Slimy on Primrose Drive

by Karen Wallace, Helen Flook (Illustrator)
 

When the strange Wolfbane family moves in next to the ultra-conservative Rigid-Smythes, changes and misunderstandings flourish as the families attempt to track down a notorious thief.

Overview

When the strange Wolfbane family moves in next to the ultra-conservative Rigid-Smythes, changes and misunderstandings flourish as the families attempt to track down a notorious thief.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Foucart
The Wolfbanes are new on Primrose Drive, a street where everything is quiet and supposedly perfect and normal. The adult Rigid-Smyths next door wanted to buy the Wolfbanes' new house to put up apartments and make lots of money. But when the new neighbored children become friends, the Rigid-Smyth parents start to change their minds about their new neighbors. A robbery makes them all friends, as they try to catch the thieves who first put the thought of apartments and wealth in the minds of the Rigid-Smyth parents. The author does a good job equating prejudice in this story not with evil but with fear, and as the Rigid-Smyths overcome their fear, their prejudice disappears as well. Also, the free-spirited and different Wolfbanes learn that it is okay for their daughter to want to be a little more like the Rigid-Smyths in her way of dress and decorating her room because that is who she is. This is an excellent little story about being oneself and not fearing someone or something just because it is different.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Karen Wallace has written a thoroughly satisfying short story thanks to its tight plot and appealing characters. It begins when the strange Wolfbane family moves next door to the ultraconservative Rigid-Smythes on Primrose Drive. The Wolfbane's have a snake filled swamp in their garden; the Rigid-Smythes have a swimming pool and neat flowerbeds. However, both families have daughters who are completely opposite from their families, and Ruby and Pearl become best friends. Through their daughters' camaraderie, the families unite to track down a notorious thief, and both families come to realize the value of friendship. Despite the obvious allegory, stereotypical gender roles, and elements of fantasy, the characters are believable because of their humanity and the story succeeds in getting its message across. The title is misleading, as the story is more suspenseful than gruesome. The narrator, Helen Lederer, uses slightly different voices for each character, but does better in her female characterizations. This audiobook will appeal to listeners with short attention spans and those who thrive on fantasy or mystery.-Cynthia Grabke, Thayer Public Library, Braintree, MA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598891133
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
Pathway Bks.
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Karen Wallace is the author of more than one hundred books for children, and the winner of several book awards. She was born in Canada and grew up in a log cabin in the woods of Quebec. She has also lived in France and Ireland, and has worked making pizzas, and singing in a cabaret and a bluegrass band. Writing is her favorite activity. Wallace says she has spent most of her life making up stories.

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