K-Gr 2-Young readers will be in stitches as they follow the antics of Wally and Gene. The boys advertise their business and bravely tackle the washing and grooming of animals of all sizes and shapes-a bear, an eel, a kangaroo, a crocodile, a hippo, a rhino, a seal, and even an ant. How do you wash an eel? "It's no big deal. We'll dry him on our eel-mobile." The illustration shows the elongated fish lying atop toy trucks, being pulled along by a tricycle. A crocodile with a red ribbon around its snout and a bear in hair curlers are only a few of Gene and Wally's innovative techniques. But even these fearless pet washers are flummoxed when asked to clean up one young customer's baby brother. Children will appreciate the slapstick humor in this short, rhyming tale. A few of the words may be unfamiliar, but by using context clues and the illustrations, they should sail through the story with ease. Freeman's fun-filled, colorful cartoons provide just the right touch of additional amusement to this easy-to-read tale.-Laurie Edwards, Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.