FAST EDDIE by Janet Wyman Coleman


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Age Range: 8 - 12
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 The author describes this fantasy about an escalating battle between the suburban Plotkin family and its strong-willed neighbor as ``nonfiction''; indeed, though Eddie (a feisty, amoral raccoon), his friend Puff (a cat who's adept--but not always successful--in manipulating her family), and hilariously bumbling Kitty (a golden retriever) express themselves in words, they are portrayed from the ironical perspective of a human who has endured, and been much amused by, their interactions. Eddie is on a collision course with the nice Plotkins; he not only Houdinis his way into their garbage but engages in gratuitous mischief--like tracking mud onto their white porch furniture- -despite his friends' warnings about the gun Mr. Plotkin plans to use if his trap fails--as it must: Eddie knows all about traps. This episodic first novel, told in brief, cinematic takes of the various characters, loses momentum midway; but the animal's antics and lively dialogue are consistently entertaining, while the denouement--Mr. Plotkin relents, but his gun misfires and Eddie is hurt--is too cleverly appropriate, and too funny, to reveal here. An easily read story that would also make a fine readaloud. Frequent b&w illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: April 30th, 1993
ISBN: 0-02-722815-0
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Four Winds/MacMillan
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1993


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