Karen Rostoker-Gruber Ferret Fun

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Ferret Fun

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Fudge and Einstein are ferrets. Marvel is a cat. Two ferrets plus one cat equal trouble. But Fudge and Einstein are smart. They know just how to teach a hungry cat that ferrets are more fun to play with than to eat. Paul Rátz de Tagyos’ illustrations, rendered in marker and ink, bring this ferret fiasco to a fitting conclusion.

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Author Karen Rostoker-Gruber is a published humorist. She has written several books for adults and two other children’s books, Rooster Can’t Cock-a-Doodle-Doo and Food Fright. Karen is a ventriloquist and performs for schools and libraries all over New Jersey. She lives with her husband and daughter in Branchburg, New Jersey.

Illustrator Paul Rátz de Tagyos lives New Rochelle, NY.  He attended Parsons School of Design and is the author/illustrator of A Coney Tale.

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The Bureau of Education & Research selected and featured Ferret Fun in "100+ Best Children's Books of 2011: A Select, Annotated Bibliography" by Judy Freeman

Gr. PreK-2 Fudge and Einstein, two pet ferrets, must come to terms with Marvel, a visiting cat who has decided they re (delicious) rats. Fudge and Einstein don t want to eaten, but how can they convince Marvel, who can use her claws to open their cage, that they aren't rats? They can t tell their human, Andrea, that Marvel wants to eat them, so they ll have to solve the problem themselves. Their solution and a positive resolution will please young readers and storytime listeners. The story is simple and rather familiar but well executed and drawn. Rosteoker-Gruber has her characters behave realistically most of the time, while the colorful, simple, and cartoony art adds to the fun. The book focuses on the animals; readers never see Andrea s face, only parts of her, such as shoulders, legs, and back. The comic-book panels are big enough for small groups, but there are enough details in the art to beguile individual readers into repeated readings. --Booklist, March 15, 2011

PreS-Gr 1 The pair who created Rooster Can t Cock-a-Doodle-Doo (Dial, 2004) highlight the antics of two pet ferrets in graphic panels. When a friend of their owner drops off a cat, Marvel, to stay while she s away, Fudge and Einstein hope that the feline brought raisins. Instead, they huddle fearfully in their ample cage as she narrows her eyes and keeps hungry watch on them, promising, I ve opened a few cages in my day. When she s successful, the ferrets mull over the best course of action, and decide to literally stand up to the bully, baring their teeth and hissing to scare the hair balls out of her. Their pedestal of boxes tumbles onto the cat, bonking her head. Truce is finally called when Marvel demonstrates her ability to open a raisin box at their request, and the happy ending calls for a friendly game of chase. The creatures conversations are hilarious: We could run away. Then who would feed us raisins? and de Tagyos s extraordinary cartoon paintings amplify the mirth. Picture giggling ferrets, the pair supine on an orange mat, Fudge gently tagging the cat s paw, saying You re it! Not just for those fond of ferrets. Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA --School Library Journal, April, 2011

Gr PreK-3 Fudge and Einstein were perfectly happy ferrets until Andrea, their owner, brought a surprise visitor into the house. Marvel, a chunky calico cat, is going to stay with them while her owner is away. Marvel has never seen a ferret. She knows Fudge and Einstein aren t cats. She knows they aren t dogs. They must be... Rats! Marvel loves to eat rats. No amount of discussion changes her mind. She breaks into their cage but Andrea comes back in time to save the ferrets. What are a couple of enterprising ferrets to do? Hide? She d find them. Ignore her? She d bug them. Run away? There are no raisins in the wild! When they hit upon a plan to deal with the feline bully, it works perfectly...maybe too perfectly. Fudge and Einstein decide a friend is more helpful (and fun) than a frightened enemy (especially when it means raisins and a good game of chase). Rostoker-Gruber s tale of standing up to bullies might not offer any practical advice beyond the obvious, but children will identify with Fudge and Einstein s situation. Rátz de Tagyos s magic-marker and-ink graphic-novel style illustrations are the real draw; the bouncy, fanged trio are a terrific balance between Saturday morning cartoon and real animals. Just enough lesson hidden in the fun. --Kirkus February 15, 2011

Grades 2-5 What starts out as an antagonistic relationship between two very intelligent ferrets and a visiting house cat evolves into amusing entertainment for all three animals plus the reader. Pet owners will recognize the personality traits of Fudge, Einstein, and Marvel who add so much fun to this modernized cat and mouse tale. Simple and colorful yet interesting ink drawings are presented sequentially in a mostly comic-book format. The word bubbles are easy to follow and highlight a storyline which is fun, creative, and quite the primary age page turner. Recommended. Roxanne Welch Mills, Educational Reviewer, Smithfield, Virginia --Library Media Connection, August/September Issue

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