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.
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.