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Will Fingers escape?

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Will Moo get his cheese back?

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Publishers Weekly

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
Children's Literature
Cheese thief, Fingers McGraw, on the run from his latest heist and pursued by elephant detective Jumbo Wayne Jr., requests a warning whistle from us readers. He thinks he is safe down a drain, only to be confronted by hungry cats. Next, it is a citizen rhino. Still begging our help and certain he has been caught by Jumbo, McGraw is tossed by an ant-eater to what looks like a mountain top. There, where he thinks he is safe enough to eat the evidence, he finds he is atop the detective’s helmet. The next bulletin shows McGraw in prison, but the irrepressible mouse is soon requesting our help again, as the back end-papers report his “daring escape” in newspaper pages. There is an unusual aggressive grossness in the page designs, using mixed media and text pieces in speech balloons of different colors and shapes. Vere has invented characters in the barely suggested shapes of the designated animals and organized them in double-page melodramatic fun, with a lot of dark backgrounds and areas of flat colors. Through all the wild adventures, our mouse bandit in his black mask and striped shirt remains our hero. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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K-Gr 3
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.

Kirkus Reviews
Inviting readers to be his lookouts, and whistle ("You know how to whistle, don't you? Just put your lips together and blow") should pursuing pachyderm police officer Jumbo Wayne Jr. catch up, cheese-stealing mouse Fingers McGraw leads a high-speed scamper down seedy back streets rendered with a mix of Photoshopped urban images and digitally created cartoon art. Replete with subplots, plus narrow escapes from rats, cats and other shady characters, this nocturnal escapade makes a compelling draw, even for children who won't catch the many movie references. Fingers is eventually nabbed-but as the final page and the sensationalistic newspaper story on the endpapers reveal, no jail can hold him for long. Better guard your gorgonzola. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141500584
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007

Meet the Author

Ed Vere studied fine art at the Camberwell College of Arts, and his children's books have been published in both England and the United States.

Ed now lives in London, where he works from his studio, and is represented by galleries in London and Los Angeles.

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