The Great Cheese Robbery Author: Tim Warnes
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Format: Picture Books

Age Range: 3-7 years

Publication Date: March 2015

BISAC: JUV002180

Pages: 32

Book Format Detail: Jacketed Hardcover

Retail Price: $16.99

ISBN-13: 978-1-58925-174-8

ISBN-10: 1-58925-174-1

Dimensions: 10" x 11-1/4"

Daddy Elephant is a big and strong as a tractor. But he's terrified of mice! So when a mischievous mouse tries to steal his cheese, Daddy doesn't know what to do! Can little Patrick Elephant save the cheese--and his daddy? Or will he need a little help?

Patrick, a little elephant living in a house, looks up to big, strong Daddy Elephant, who fears nothing . . . except mice. When a mouse arrives at the door and claims to be from the Cheese Inspection Council, Daddy cowers on the couch, while Patrick lets the little swindler in and watches, bemused, as he and his pals start to make off with the family's cheese, refrigerator, electronics, toys, and even the sofa where Daddy Elephant is cowering. Mommy Elephant arrives just in time to thwart the rapacious rodents' plan. High spirits and silly humor make a great combination in this brightly illustrated little drama. Small children will find it satisfying as well as funny to see a big, supposedly unflappable elephant immobilized by a cheeky little mouse, but, as Mommy Elephant reassuringly says, "everyone's afraid of something." With large-scale cartoonlike illustrations, this colorful picture book works well for reading aloud to groups of children. Phelan, Carolyn. 32p. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2015.<!--EndFragment--> 

Fathers aren't afraid of anything--are they? Patrick, a young elephant, is afraid "of a lot of things, like the dark, ghosts, bees, and the fluff you find under the sofa." Daddy Elephant, on the other hand, is big and strong and completely unafraid of anything--or so Patrick thinks. The truth comes out when mice appear at the house, and Daddy Elephant begins to stammer and shake. Colorful, appealing cartoon illustrations are at the forefront here, as the simple story moves somewhat bumpily along. Unperturbed and not realizing that the mice are thieves, the innocent young Patrick politely helps the small marauders as they steal the family's cheese, then the refrigerator, and then everything else, even Daddy Elephant! What's a young elephant to do? Just in time, the front door opens. It's up to Mommy Elephant to save the day and explain that everyone is afraid sometimes. Patrick still knows that Daddy Elephant is the biggest and strongest, and Daddy is proud to say that Mommy Elephant is the bravest of all. Still, the hordes of masked mice in their striped shirts making off with everything are way more fun than the feel-good message. The throngs of felonious mice make this story worth the read. (Picture book. 3-6). 32pg. KIRKUS MEDIA LLC, c2015.<!--EndFragment-->