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IN JAIL, MS. WIZ?

Author: Terence Blacker

Illustrator: Tony Ross

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Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Children's Books,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Lizzie Thompson has lost her cat. One morning, on her way to school, she changed her mind and she was out looking for Waif could be. When Ms. Wiz found her, they sat together in the cafe and came up with a plan. When Lizzie's mom discovered that Lizzie had gone off with Ms. Wiz, she called the police. Who was this woman? Her fears were confirmed when the constable (policeman) told her that Ms. Wiz was an "all-round trouble maker." Meanwhile, in their hunt for Waif, Lizzie and Ms. Wiz discover that catnappers have been stealing all the cats with beautiful coats of fur. But why? This is the fourth book in this illustrated series for newly independent readers.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book, learning to read, illustrated chapter, transitional reader

Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 12

Interest Level: 7 to 10

Reading Level: 4.2

Age of Child: Read by an 8-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: This title struck a little closer to home for our daughter, and while she would giggle in parts, she was a bit concerned about Lizzie going off with a stranger, even it it was a teacher. She also didn't like the idea of people making gloves out of cats. She would read a bit and then go back to look at the illustrations. She didn't devour this one as quickly.

Adult Reader Reaction: While I am glad to see that my daughter got the message about stranger danger, I was surprised at her reaction. The story is well presented and the author uses a light hand in explaining the events. There is nothing scary or ominous ... in fact they write a letter to Lizzie's mom.

Pros: Young girls will immediately relate to Lizzie's feelings, and kids will love the imagery of a car that turns into an apartment.

Cons: None, really.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a pleasant read, but not one you'll come back to frequently.

If You Liked This Book, Try: IN CONTROL, MS. WIZ?   TOO MANY CATS (Step Into Reading series)   CHULITA THE BLIND CAT

Educational Themes: This is a book to help readers moving to longer stories. The theme of the lost cat, though, offers several lessons; as does what happens when people judge others without all the facts.

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 - fantasy, humor, easy reader series

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2010

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