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Ferret Fun
     

Ferret Fun

by Karen Rostoker-Gruber, Paul Ratz De Tagyos (Illustrator)
 

Two ferrets try to dodge a cat who thinks they’re rats…and a snack.

Overview

Two ferrets try to dodge a cat who thinks they’re rats…and a snack.

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Publishers Weekly
Fudge and Einstein—a pair of hammock dwelling, raisin-loving ferrets—don't quite know what to think about Marvel, the tubby marmalade cat that will be temporarily staying with them. And their opinion doesn't improve when she narrows her eyes at them and, convinced they're rats, tries to unlatch their cage to eat them ("That's no friend," whispers Fudge. "No kidding," replies Einstein). The action unfolds in comic-style panels in creamy tones, as the ferrets hatch a plan, hightailing it to hide in the closet as their adversary declares: "You know I can't eat, I mean ‘play' with you if you're hiding." Leading Marvel into a trap, Fudge and Einstein stand up to Marvel's bullying, and an avalanche of cardboard boxes sends Marvel running. After celebrating with their "happy dance," however, the ferrets experience a quick change of heart and extend an olive branch to Marvel, who accepts. Rátz de Tagyos's humorous depictions of all three animals and some tense moments should please casual readers, but those who give the story closer consideration may be mystified by the turns of events. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
It is so exciting to read delightful books for young children. This particular story is the kind that will "hook" a child. Fudge and Einstein and two spoiled ferrets who have a wonderful life. However, Marvel, who is a BIG FAT Cat also lives in the same house and would like nothing better than to make Fudge and Einstein his lunch. After the ferrets "accidentally" knock a stack of boxes on poor Marvel's head, they run back to their cage to take a nap. Marvel is not very happy. The ferrets get hungry and want to eat their favorite food which is raisins. When they find a big box of them, they can't get it opened. They try and try, but just can't get the raisins. Of course Marvel comes along and sees a perfect opportunity to get even with the two ferrets. Fudge and Einstein persuade Marvel to open the box for them and they start chowing down the raisins as fast as they can. Finally, they offer some raisins to Marvel and then persuade him that maybe they could all play together and become friends. The illustrations go with the storyline perfectly and add much to the enjoyment of the book. Graphic novels are just perfect for reading to children and having children look at them over and over again. This book is perfect for a beginning reader as well as for a pre-reader because the words are simple, well chosen, and just the right amount of text appears on each page. The story proves how important it is to be friends and not fight with each other. I highly recommend this book for both boys and girls. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—The pair who created Rooster Can't Cock-a-Doodle-Doo (Dial, 2004) highlight the antics of two pet ferrets in graphic panels. When a friend of their owner drops off a cat, Marvel, to stay while she's away, Fudge and Einstein hope that the feline brought raisins. Instead, they huddle fearfully in their ample cage as she narrows her eyes and keeps hungry watch on them, promising, "I've opened a few cages in my day." When she's successful, the ferrets mull over the best course of action, and decide to literally stand up to the bully, baring their teeth and hissing to "scare the hair balls out of her." Their pedestal of boxes tumbles onto the cat, bonking her head. Truce is finally called when Marvel demonstrates her ability to open a raisin box at their request, and the happy ending calls for a friendly game of chase. The creatures' conversations are hilarious: "We could run away." "Then who would feed us raisins?" and de Tagyos's extraordinary cartoon paintings amplify the mirth. Picture giggling ferrets, the pair supine on an orange mat, Fudge gently tagging the cat's paw, saying "You're it!" Not just for those fond of ferrets.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Kirkus Reviews

Fudge and Einstein were perfectly happy ferrets until Andrea, their owner, brought a surprise visitor into the house. Marvel, a chunky calico cat, is going to stay with them while her owner is away. Marvel has never seen a ferret. She knows Fudge and Einstein aren't cats. She knows they aren't dogs. They must be... Rats! Marvel loves to eat rats. No amount of discussion changes her mind. She breaks into their cage—but Andrea comes back in time to save the ferrets. What are a couple of enterprising ferrets to do? Hide? She'd find them. Ignore her? She'd bug them. Run away? There are no raisins in the wild! When they hit upon a plan to deal with the feline bully, it works perfectly...maybe too perfectly. Fudge and Einstein decide a friend is more helpful (and fun) than a frightened enemy (especially when it means raisins and a good game of chase). Rostoker-Gruber's tale of standing up to bullies might not offer any practical advice beyond the obvious, but children will identify with Fudge and Einstein's situation. Rátz de Tagyos's magic-marker–and-ink graphic-novel–style illustrations are the real draw; the bouncy, fanged trio are a terrific balance between Saturday morning cartoon and real animals. Just enough lesson hidden in the fun. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761458173
Publisher:
Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
03/28/2011
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
GN380L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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