The "notorious cheese thief Fingers McGraw," drawn as a pale-pink rat in a bandit mask, absconds with his favorite dairy product in this mixed-media spoof of the hardboiled genre. His nemesis is "ace lawman detective Jumbo Wayne Jr.," a stern elephant in a bobby's blue-black gear (this book originated in the U.K.), and Fingers enlists readers' help in avoiding capture. Expository captions, printed in an uneven typewriter font, chart the crime Dragnet-style: "11:00 a.m. It's a race against time." Colored voice bubbles, superimposed on photographs of gritty sidewalks, give Fingers's perspective. "Hey, kid! Yeah, you! Listen, you gotta do me a favor!" the rat hisses, whizzing by on a yellow moped. In an adult-friendly homage to Bogart and Bacall (almost certainly unappreciated by children), he instructs collaborators to signal if they see an elephant: "You know how to whistle, don't you? Just put your lips together and blow!" During the getaway, two flat gray feet imply the jig is up-but a turn of the page reveals a rhino. A long flexible schnozzola sniffs out the rat-but the nose belongs to an anteater. Vere (the Tag-along Tales board books) takes his cues from the photos-plus-comics sequences of Mo Willems's Knuffle Bunny and from the mock-naïve magic-marker drawings and collages of Lauren Child. Newspaper-clipping endpapers supply a backstory and postscript, reinforcements of the book's old-fashioned cops-and-robber parody. Ages 5-7. (Sept.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Getawayby Ed Vere
Fingers McGraw is the sneakiest cheese thief in town. He's on the run with the law on his tail and he needs you to help him make his getaway! Keep a look out for the big eyes, large feet and long nose of officer Elephant as you follow Fingers' trail through downtown New York and remember, even the best look-out can fail and even the sneakiest of thieves get caught.
Fingers McGraw is the sneakiest cheese thief in town. He's on the run with the law on his tail and he needs you to help him make his getaway! Keep a look out for the big eyes, large feet and long nose of officer Elephant as you follow Fingers' trail through downtown New York and remember, even the best look-out can fail and even the sneakiest of thieves get caught...or do they? A fast, funny tale that will have you hooked from page 1.
Readers are enlisted by "Fingers McGraw," mouse and notorious thief, to help him escape the law after he steals some cheese. Their job is to be on the lookout for an elephant, Detective Jumbo Wayne Jr., who is hot on his trail. Youngsters follow Fingers, who rides a yellow scooter, as he journeys through, under, and over the city to avoid his pursuer, having close calls and meeting various enemies along the way. The mixed-media illustrations greatly enhance the story. Brightly painted characters are set against gritty photographic backdrops, creating spreads that look like a merger between an animated cartoon and film noir. Endpapers featuring newspaper articles about the mouse and his antics set the scene and add to the humor. While there are some references that will go over the heads of children ("You know how to whistle, don't you? Just put your lips together and blow!"), the sheer energy and playfulness that are packed into every page will surely delight kids.
Shelley B. SutherlandCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- Penguin UK
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- 3 - 5 Years
Meet the Author
Ed Vere studied fine art at Camberwell College of Art and has been writing and illustrating children's books since 1999. He is published in both England and the US. Ed is also a painter, working from his studio in east London, and is represented by galleries in London and Los Angeles. After a year and a half living in Barcelona, Ed now lives and works in London.
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