Up and at 'Em with Winnie & Ernst
By Gina Freschet
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374384463, 48pp.)
Publication Date: March 2005
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Winnie the possum and Ernst the otter are back with four new antic tales. In the first, an excursion to Backwater Beach is complicated by the contents of a piggy bank. Then Winnie gets a telescope and must ad-lib, as the viewing for her friends is disrupted by cloud cover. When Winnie and Ernst baby-sit for Mrs. H. Penny, they aren't prepared for her eggs to hatch. And finally, what better diversion for a February than to organize a poetry contest - but who knew what chaos such an event could cause?
Winnie & Ernst, the first book about this charming duo, was compared to the great works of James Marshall, Arnold Lobel, and Beatrix Potter. Children ready for a step up from early Beginning Readers will find plenty more to enjoy in these new stories.
Gina Freschet is the author and illustrator of many books, including Beto and the Bone Dance. She lives in New York City.
"In this collection of short stories, a possum and an otter, best of friends, have some very funny adventures...likely to appeal to children just starting chapter books." -- School Library Journal
"Freschet brings a fresh voice to the buddy story for young readers. Her light-hearted full-color illustrations pepper each page with all the emotions that best friends can have for one another. This is a perfect choice for a reader looking for a new challenge after easy readers. The humorous situations and amusing illustrations will leave them ready for more." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Endearing. The gentle humor and mildly madcap adventures will charm young children...[who] will eagerly await the likable friends' next adventures." -- Booklist