Synopses & Reviews
Trapped in a toy store?
Sounds like a mission for four furry friends.
Bertie, Susan, and the Misfit MenagerieSmalls the sun bear, Rigby the Komondor dog, and Wombat the wombathave at long last escaped from evil Grand Master Claudes Most Magnificent Circus and are finally free to live life at their leisure. But theres something missing. Something thats keeping them from moving on. Or rather, someone. Tilda the Angora rabbitand fourth member of the Misfit Menagerieis being held captive at Toddles Toy Emporium, a massive toy store more impressive than even F.A.O. Schwarz.
Now Bertie, Smalls, and the gangincluding a sword-wielding hedgehogmust embark on a quest to rescue their kidnapped friend, braving the mean streets of Hollyhoo City and the bratty Chrysantheum Toddle. Its a journey that will take them over an actual clay rainbow, force them to hide among stuffed animals in a life-like jungle, and lead them to soar above the ground in a hot-air balloonall big tasks for animals who only recently saw that there was a world outside of Mr. Mumfords farm. But if theyre valiant enough, they just might reunite the menagerie and find themselves a new home.
"...another flawlessly written beauty of a book....Short chapters...are interspersed with lovely sepia-toned and full-color illustrations that are just as evocative as this masterfully told tale." Child
"DiCamillo tucks important messages into this story and once more plumbs the mystery of the heart." Booklist
Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost....
Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. Along the way, we are shown a miracle — that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.
The Newbery Medal-winning author of The Tale of Despereaux returns with this story about a toy rabbit named Edward Tulane. When he becomes lost, Edward takes an extraordinary journey and shows readers a true miracle. Illustrations.
The adorable tale of a family of mice stowaways on an adventurous ship's journey
In the beloved tradition of The Borrowers, The Tale of Despereaux, and The Cricket in Times Square, here is an irresistible adventure story about the tiny creatures who secretly live among us humans, as only Newbery Medal winner Richard Peck could imagine it. Set on a grand cruise ship to England in 1887, this beautifully illustrated tale of a charming family of mice is full of laughs, near misses, and surprises. Multiple-award-winning author Richard Peck at his best and most playful!
Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost. . . .
Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. Along the way, we are shown a miracle -- that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.
The Tiger Rising, 4 copies,
Four animals must find their ticket out of the circus.
- Smalls the sun bear
- Tilda the Angora rabbit
- Rigby the Komondor dog
- and Wombat the wombat
. . . are the four animals that make up "the misfit menagerie."
Together theyve always lived a happy life on Mr. Mumfords farm. That is, until one fateful evening when Mumford, loopy from elderberry wine, accidentally loses them to the dastardly circus owner Grande Master Claude. Suddenly, these animals are forced to perform death-defying tricks and live in filthy, cramped cages as members of Claudes traveling circus. But all hope is not lost! Claudes nephew Bertie and his friend Susan, a circus acrobat, are equally fed up with Claudes evil ways, and together they might just have what it takes to find their ticket out of the circus.
About the Author
Kate DiCamillo is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers, including The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread
, winner of the Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie
, a Newbery Honor Book; and The Tiger Rising
, a National Book Award finalist. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Bagram Ibatoulline was born in Russia and educated at the Moscow State Academic Art Institute. His first book was Philip Booth's Crossing, named a 2001 Best Book by Publishers Weekly. He is best known for his books with Kate di Camillo, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and Great Joy. Bagram lives in Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania.