Scritch-Scratch a Perfect Match
Publication Date: April 14, 2011
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FLIT-FLIT flapped the flea in the scruffy dog's hair. "AAROOF!" howled the stray as he jumped in the air.
AWOOMPH was the sound as he dropped like a sack, landing THUD! "OH CRUD!" on an old man's back.
How can something so tiny cause so much havoc? When a flea jumps onto a stray dog, causing the dog to jump on a lonely man, the race is on to find flea powder fast! A little itch on a big dog makes for HUGE chaos, but their adventure also leads to a lasting friendship. And when the flea finally jumps from the dog to a stray cat, who jumps onto a lonely lady, the cycle begins anew. Playful language and sound effects and zany, action-packed illustrations make for a surefire story-time hit.
Kimberly Marcus is a teacher and teen counselor. She lives in Massachusetts.
Mike Lester is an illustrator and political cartoonist who often has cartoons in publications like Time magazine. He lives in Rome, Georgia.
"[The] book explodes with sound on every page. . . . The galloping, emphatic pace makes the book fun to read aloud. Lester’s cartoons have a frowzy, kinetic appeal that’s particularly apt in a story featuring a scruffy dog."
-School Library Journal
"Illustrated with a great deal of humor. . . In this particular story, which ends mostly happily, the bug has the last bite."
-The New York Times Book Review
"Clever fun and lots of giggles."
"Told in crisply scanning anapestic verse and heavily punctuated with onomatopoeic exclamations, this is a madcap friendship story that begs to be read aloud with panache. . . . Abundant motion lines, copious scrawled hatch and crosshatch details, and heaps of sly character humor (the flea has a winning grin, the dog is scruffily endearing) all work together to support the playful text."
-The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books