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by Joe Berger & illustrated by Joe Berger

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Aug. 16th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3410-4
Publisher: Dial

After getting a coin for her lost tooth, dynamic Bridget sets forth on what she thinks will be an exciting shopping trip only to find she must rescue her most beloved, “special one and only” Captain Cat toy.

When Bridget gets to Dinglebang’s, “absolutely the best store in the world,” her unbridled energy leads her to “spizzoom” through the shop. Along the way, the unthinkable happens: Captain Cat gets hooked on the handle of a customer's umbrella and then dropped into another girl’s shopping basket. Bridget is unaware until classmate Billy informs her that Captain Cat is not in her backpack, where she safely packed him. Berger’s retro illustration style utilizes techniques found in comic books to augment the ensuing drama. Bright yellow highlights and urgent bold capital letters alert readers to the action in the pictures ("Yikes! Now look!") that is not described in the quickly paced text. Bridget pursues a frantic yet fruitless search that culminates in a spectacular meltdown. But Billy’s sharp eye and handy new Superzoom 500 pedal car helps Bridget rescue Captain Cat. “Everyone was happy! / …except the little girl…who’d found Captain Cat…and decided to take care of him.” A bright idea and some help from Mommy result in a tidy yet happily satisfying ending.

Give to fans of Knuffle Bunny and to any child who appreciates an intense bond with a special toy. (Picture book. 3-6)