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Author: Karen Rostoker-Gruber

Illustrator: Paul Ratz de Tagyos

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Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Corporation,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Andrea's pet introductions didn't go so well. Her new cat Marvel thought Fudge and Einstein, the ferrets, were rats. So she was working hard to get into their cage ... and eat them. When Andrea took Marvel to get milk, Fudge and Einstein came up with a plan of their own. Was this going to be war or could it turn into something nicer? This is a picture book about friendship told using panels.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Reading Level: 2.2

Age of Child: Read by a 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: "Aw, they are so cute. Can we get ferrets?" Our pet-loving daughter loved talking about the pictures in the book. She thought Fudge & Einstein's plan turned out hilarious and was glad they could all get along.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a cute story that has more layers than it appears on the surface. Kids will instantly focus on the prank, but subsequent reads will bring out other details about tolerance and friendship. I wish we'd have had this book when my daughter was younger. It is an excellent choice for kids who need more text but aren't quite ready for chapter books.

Pros: Three adorable pets combine with humorous events and imagery to teach kids about friendship.

Cons: None. One Amazon reviewer noted that this is for kids in second through fifth grade. That is a big stretch ... I'd top it out at early third grade.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. If you're reading this with a preschooler you might consider buying it because it will transition well into an easy-reader. For older kids (first or second grade), I would definitely borrow it from your library.


Educational Themes: On the surface this is a book about friendship, but there are also themes of judging, making mistakes, cooperation, and acceptance.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, friendship, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2011

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