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A Tale of Mismatched Friends

by Deborah Noyes and illustrated by AnnaLaura Cantone

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: April 20th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-618-41607-3

Opposites attract—or do they? Diametrically different, chums Prudence and Moxie put their friendship to the test. A classic show-off, Moxie loves being the center of attention and accepts any dangerous dare like making “kissy faces at sharks” at the aquarium, rattling the gears on a giant tractor at the country fair or repeatedly riding the Submarine Sling in the amusement park. Prudence wants Moxie to meet her horse Thunder, but Moxie ignores her. Moxie’s nonstop antics embarrass quiet, practical Prudence, who wishes Moxie had never moved next door. But when Moxie is hospitalized after one dare too many, Prudence proves a true pal and Moxie accepts her invitation to ride Thunder even though she’s afraid of horses. Moxie’s reckless personality assumes obsessive proportions in the amusing acrylic-and-collage illustrations, which show her gleefully engaged in one outrageous dare after another while bemused Prudence watches in horror. Their imaginative representation as whimsical critters (moose and raccoon) adds to the humor. This fanciful foray should tickle readers who have their own mismatched friends. (Picture book. 5-8)