With a pocketful of coins, a young boy must choose which animal to purchase at the "Everything Must Go" pet store sale. A self-marketing rat...he's a bargain at only one cent...conducts a tour for the buyer, who finally exhanges his one hundred cents for all twenty-one critters. Abundant white space, playful watercolors, and large, easy-to-grasp flaps add up to interactive fun.
The Horn Book Guide
PreS-When a young boy sees a sign on the pet shop door proclaiming, "EVERYTHING MUST GO!" he enters-only to be badgered by a pesky rat who wants the boy to buy him. The rat, on sale for one cent, follows the youngster as he counts off the usual and unusual animals that are available at bargain rates. The price tags increase, all the way up to 10 cents, which would buy the boy a box of "assorted little brown creatures." "Boring! Boring! Boring!" shouts the rat. "I'm not boring!" The steal of the millennium is a Komodo dragon for just 25 cents. This silences the bothersome rat, who sadly exclaims, "You're not going to choose me, are you?" Inkpen keeps the pages clean and neat with plenty of white space surrounding his animals. Lift-the-flap tabs are utilized throughout the story, although they don't really offer any surprises. The back page folds out to show the boy counting his cash ("$1.00 exactly") and collecting his purchases-the entire store, including the rat.-Lisa Gangemi Krapp, formerly at Sousa Elementary School, Port Washington, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
With a curmudgeonly rat as his reluctant tour guide, a boy explores a pet store in which all the denizens are for sale. Exotic animals abound; the selection includes a giant tortoise, pelican, platypus, skink, koala bear, and even an anteater. While the boy shops, the little rat desperately tries to convince him that he is the best bargain. " `Who wants a koala that doesn't like leaves?' said the rat. `Or an anteater that won't eat its ant? I'm not fussy! I'll eat ANYTHING!' " A portion of the page is missing, as if chomped by the overeager rodent. Inkpen adroitly introduces numerals 1-10; every animal is priced consecutively from 1¢ for the rat up to 10¢ for an entire bag of "assorted little brown creatures," with the ultimate bargain a Komodo dragon for 25¢. Readers gain a last lesson in addition as they learn that the entire contents of the store can be had for -precisely the amount in the boy's pocket. Colorful, detailed illustrations depict the creatures with realism. Humor, well-placed lift-up flaps and the antics of the rat conspire to make this thoroughly likable. (Picture book. 3-6) .