Synopses & Reviews
Frederick is the brave one. Ishbu is the hungry one. The rat brothers live in a cage in Miss Dove's classroom, where they can learn??????and eat??????to their hearts' content. Then the fateful day arrives when class bully Millicent Mallory teaches them the meaning of the word . . . extermination! No sooner have the two rats fled the school than they embark on the wildest adventure of their lives. They follow the trail of the Burmese Bandicoot, a beautiful and mysterious statue, from the underworld lair of the Big Cheese to a tropical island that may not be the paradise it seems. The brothers' trip around the globe by paw, air, and sea reveals a whole new world??????and reminds them what they value most.
"Launching the Tails of Frederick and Ishbu series, Cox's (Don't Be Silly, Mrs. Millie!) first middle-grade novel is a labyrinthine saga starring two rat brothers who escape from their cage in a fifth-grade classroom. The two have distinct, equally likable personalities: adventurous Frederick has eagerly absorbed the lessons taught in class, whereas timid Ishbu has spent most of his time snacking and snoozing. In the outside world, they encounter the Big Cheese, the villainous leader of the Bilgewater Brigade gang, who tries to recruit the duo to fetch the Burmese Bandicoot (a priceless, jewel-encrusted gold statue, hidden on a remote island in the Indian Ocean). Despite Frederick's initial inclination to sign up for adventure ('His blood was racing. He was ready to sail, ready to steal-no, wait!-"recover" the statue.'), the siblings flee and, following a series of misadventures, land, coincidentally enough, on the very island harboring the coveted statue. Giving this spry caper dimension are snippets of science, history and fiction Frederick has gleaned at school and the strong fraternal bond between the brothers, despite their differences. The action-packed story should readily hold readers' attention. Ages 10-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)