PreS-Gr 2-In jangly, doggerel verse, these two stories present the tepid adventures of Matt the Rat. The first book opens, "Imagine what a magic cloud might do,/coming down from the sky just to be with you./Matt the Rat can imagine that!" As the protagonist goes through the school day, the cloud goes along, too. Grow Up is written at a much higher reading level. It begins with a prose section that sets the scene for career exploration, presented in the same painful verse as Magic Cloud. Matt and Maggie find a magic chest that belonged to their grandfather. Once opened, it allows the young rats to try on various professions, literally, including a truck driver, a mechanic, a marine biologist, and a teacher. Both books end with a relatively extensive glossary of terms used in both English and Spanish, though the Spanish terms are lacking the definite articles. The cartoon illustrations, which are a bit reminiscent of "Pinky and the Brain" on a bad day, are quite ordinary. The verse is approximate in Spanish, but the texts are uninspired in either language, and it seems doubtful that children will enjoy these stories. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.