TRAVIS AND THE BETTER MOUSETRAP by Deborah Dennard

TRAVIS AND THE BETTER MOUSETRAP

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Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 When young Travis Jay MacArthur builds a super mechanical trap to eliminate his Aunt Millie's mouse problem, he is amazed to discover that it captures a ``Better Mouse''--a talking, bespectacled mouse almost as tall as he is. In quick succession the trap also captures the Groundhog, Easter Bunny, Thanksgiving Turkey, and eventually even a reindeer. Travis demands that they leave immediately; when they won't, he tricks them (with an unwitting Aunt Millie's help) into disappearing. The evolutions of this tale are arbitrary and mechanically carried out; neither Dennard nor Burns, with her pale illustrations, settles into either pure fancy or droll matter-of-factness, but hovers somewhere in between. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-525-65178-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 1995