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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Fergus and Zeke, written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Heather Ross. Candlewick Press, Random House. 2017. $21.00 ages 6 and up

"Oh, no! thought Fergus.
He did not want to stay with
the coats.
He wanted to explore.
He wanted to see rocks
and minerals. He wanted to see
dinosaurs and butterflies. He
wanted to wish on a shooting
Fergus watched the students

Young readers love to read books about animal characters that display human characteristics and emotions. Fergus is one terrific class pet. Everyone loves him. He does all that he is asked: keeping his cage clean, listening when others speak, solving class problems, and being a rule follower. So, when the class is preparing for their next field trip, Fergus wants to join them. He thinks it is his right after being such an integral part of all class doings.

Emma is his transport, although she doesn't know it. Once there, Fergus quickly finds another mouse friend to show him around the museum. Zeke is happy to be the docent. What a buddy to have! Without following any 'human' rules, they roam the rooms and hallways of the museum. Wouldn't all children who visit such a place want to have equal access?

The story moves quickly in short chapters meant to keep readers interested. The two mice, as different as day and night, provide humorous dialogue and exciting adventure. Heather Ross matches the story arc perfectly with her spirited digital artwork.

What a surprise is in store when the class settles down after the bus ride back! A new friend for Fergus, a new pet for the classroom ... what could be better than that? This is the first book in a new series - the science fair is next!

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