Monday, May 23, 2011

How to Save Your Tail Review

Book talk: Meet Bob.  Bob loves reading and baking.  Bob is also a rat, and he is about to become dinner.  When Bob is surprised by two cats it's his cookies that distract them at first, but what really saves his tail are his tales. It all starts with his great-great grandfather Sherman who climbed a beanstalk and saved a magic goose from a giant.  Bob is a good story teller and as each story ends he leaves a tantalizing hook for the next and the cats decide to put off killing him for just a little longer.  But what will happen to Bob when he runs out of stories?  Will there be  a happily ever after for the storyteller as well?

Rocks my socks: Bob may be telling stories to save his life, but Mary Hanson is clearly just having some fun.  The short chapters, frequent illustrations, and easy reading level make it a good for children transitioning into chapter books.  Kids familiar with the classic fairy tales will enjoy seeing them re-cast with rats in the lead.  It would make a good quick read aloud for a fairy tale unit.

Rocks in my socks: The twists on the fairy tales aren't particularly original and the story would probably bit a bit simplistic for older children to enjoy.

Every book its reader: I'd give this to 2nd or 3rd graders transitioning into chapter books who want a humorous tale or something with a fairy tale twist.

How to Save Your Tail by Mary Hanson

Buy it at your local independent book store or check it out from your local library

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