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HOW TO SAVE YOUR TAIL by Mary Hanson Kirkus Star


by Mary Hanson & illustrated by John Hendrix

Pub Date: April 10th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-375-83755-5
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade/Random

“If you are a rat nabbed by cats who really like stories about magic spoons, wolves with snout-warts, big, hairy chimney trolls . . . and cookies too,” then you’ll love this tale of tails. Once upon a time, a rat named Bob lived in a grand castle and was fond of baking and wild about reading. But it was his love of books that almost killed him. Captured by two of the queen’s cats, Bob’s cookies and his storytelling save his hide à la Scheherazade. Thanks to his repertoire of ancestral tales—“Sherman and the Beanstalk, The Three Rats, The Chimney Troll and Bob’s Slipper”—with cookie break intermissions to sweeten each one, Bob manages to delay his demise. Pen-and-ink drawings spice up the humor and flavor the delicious wordplay, punnery and the rodent versions of well-known folktales. Clever and cunning, this is a recipe for laugh-out-loud fun, especially as a read-aloud. (map, family tree) (Fiction. 7-10)