The Trial of Cardigan Jones
By Tim Egan
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618402373, 32pp.)
Publication Date: August 2004
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Cardigan the moose was new in town. When Mrs. Brown’s fresh apple pie goes missing, witnesses come forward to place Cardigan at the scene of the crime. Finding himself on trial, Cardigan insists to judge and jury that he didn’t take the pie he just wanted to smell it. No one believes him. But despite his assurances, he can’t explain what happened to the pie, either . . . or can he?
Tim Egan is the author and illustrator of several offbeat and humorous tales for children. He is consistently recognized for his individuality and delightful illustrations. Born in New Jersey, Tim moved to California to attend the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He still lives in southern California with his wife, Ann, and their two sons. To learn more about Tim Egan, visit his Web site at www.timegan.com. For a complete list of books by Tim Egan, visit www.houghton mifflinbooks.com.
Egan's animal characters have offbeat dignity that makes them special and his portrayal of a moose unfairly blamed will hit home with young audiences.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
...This may have some potential as a discussion starter on the idea of "innocent until proven guilty." Kirkus Reviews
Cardigan Jones puts a smile on trial by jury and just might teach young readers ... about jumping to conclusions.
School Library Journal
Grown-ups may detect a "Law and Order" spoof at work, but youngsters should find much food for thought.
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