How to Save Your Tail*
*if you are a rat nabbed by cats who really like stories about magic spoons, wolves with snout-warts, bi
By Mary Hanson
(Schwartz & Wade, Hardcover, 9780375837555, 112pp.)
Publication Date: April 10, 2007
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How does a cookie-baking Rat named Bob save his tail from being gobbled by two hungry cats? By serving them cookies and telling themfantastic fairy tales about his family, of course. There's the story about great-grand uncle Mustard who upgrades his family to a lovely three-bedroom brick house. (All's well until some wolves with snout-warts show up.) And there's the one about how starving Grandma Lois was forced to take a job spinning straw into gold. (Impossible to do . . . until a hairy chimney troll comes along.)With allusions to classic fairy tales, plus a storytelling rat to rival Scheherazade, this book—which also includes black-and-white illustrations, a family tree, and a map of Bob's neighborhood—is sure to hold both cats and kids captive.
Mary Hanson lives with her family in Santa Barbara, California.
Starred review, Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2007:
"Pen-and-ink drawings spice up the humor and flavor the delicious wordplay, punnery and the rodent versions of well-known folktales. Clever and cunning, this is a recipe for laugh-out-loud fun, especially as a read-alod."