Synopses & Reviews
When the sun has gone down and the town has gone to sleep, the racoon bandits prowl through the night. With masks parmanently in play, They sneak and they creep.Doing just what they please.The thieves snatch, run, and escape--always careful not to get caught.
"Wright (The Secret Circus) gives readers their first laugh on the title page, as a family of sweetly dressed raccoons tiptoes past an overturned garbage can. They have fat raccoon bodies, but their arms and legs are black ink lines, the combination of spindly appendages and sly, squinty eyes proving especially hilarious. In loose blank verse, Wright explores the issue of raccoon banditry: 'They sneak and they creep./ Doing just what they please./ They snatch and launder whatever they've found.' Dark blue night surrounds the masked creatures in their striped T-shirts and lace-edged dresses as Wright parodies westerns ('They head for the hills to split up the loot'), painting the villains solemnly enjoying a basket of fruit on a patched picnic cloth. Fantasy elements proliferate: the raccoons' human adversaries live in cottages shaped like beehives, while the raccoons return to a tree house that rivals that of the Swiss Family Robinson. It's clear that these raccoons are very family oriented and wholesome except for that powerful compulsion to overturn garbage cans. Readers are meant to cheer for the raccoons against the humans, and they will. Ages 2 6. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for BANDITS:
“An amusing story to be read aloud to many a family, ‘Bandits has creative and charming art work from Johanna Wright as she tells the tale, making it an ideal pick for childrens picture book collections.” --The Midwest Book Review
“…one look at Wrights clothed raccoons, sneaking and creeping, doing just what they please, made me remember just how much I liked raccoons in any books I read as a child.” —BookPage Reading Corner "Working its charm in a thoroughly underhanded manner, this is the sort of quiet picture book that might sneak into a childs pile of favorite books and catch adults unaware."—Booklist, starred review “Given the chance, these bandits will easily steal readers hearts with their charming mischief.” —SLJ
“An enjoyable take on a nocturnal, urban animals habits” —Kirkus Reviews
"Readers are meant to cheer for the raccoons against the humans, and they will.” —Publishers Weekly Praise for THE SECRET CIRCUS: “The text has a gently incantatory rhythm, while the books twilight colors perfectly evoke the magic hour when shadows deepen even as the lights become more luminous.”—The New York Times Book Review “This would serve effectively as a bedtime story or a classroom readaloud for a quiet moment, and the repeated phrases and simple text also make it accessible for beginning solo readers.” —Bulletin of the Center for Childrens Books “The closing scene, in which a mouse slyly looks at the reader and shushes a finger, engenders a sense of inclusion in the mices little world, which children will recognize in their own familys happy secrets.” —Booklist “Just right for bedtime.” —Publishers Weekly “A quiet, comforting debut, best shared snuggled close together.” —Kirkus Reviews “The theme of a hidden world, universally popular with children, finds satisfying expression here. A delightful addition to any collection.” —School Library Journal
About the Author
Johanna Wright was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, in the shadow of some very big and beautiful trees. She received degrees in puppetry and children's literature and shortly after graduation moved to Brooklyn, New York. She spent many years in New York, honing her illustration skills and selling her paintings on the streets of Manhattan. Johanna has now returned to Oregon, where she lives with her husband, a musician, and spends much of her time writing, painting, and searching for Sasquatch.