Thursday, April 2, 2020

"Fergus and Zeke and the Field Day Challenge" - a bookwrap

Fergus and Zeke are getting in shape for the field day activities at their school.  Hey wait?  Are mice even able to participate?  This is their story...


Fergus and Zeke and the Field Day Challenge

Illustrated by HEATHER ROSS

* Ages:  5-8
* Grade Level:  K-3
* Series:  Fergus and Zeke
* Hardcover:  56 pages
Publisher:  Candlewick
*Pub. Date:  April 14, 2020
* Language:  English

Editorial Reviews

The lovable class pets are back (Fergus and Zeke, 2017), this time experiencing field day...Ross' digital illustrations both break up the text, which is a bridge between easy readers and chapter books, and provide kids with a fun, mouse-sized view of the world; the duo's repurposing of small items is particularly charming. Kids will look forward to their own field days after reading about this one.

—Kirkus Reviews

Unwrapping Some Fabulous Illustrations

The Book 

Fergus and Zeke are two adorable little mice who are kept in Miss Maxwell's classroom.  They are smart little critters who participate in all the classroom projects just like the other students.  Miss Maxwell announces that the following day Ms. Khan, the gym teacher, will be setting up a special field day for everyone to enjoy.  Will the little mice be able to join in those activities too? 

The duo try but soon discover they are way too small for the over-sized events.  Not to be discouraged they decide to set up their own mouse-size challenges and have a jolly time just like all the kids around them.  Success!  

After everyone has competed in the tug of war, seeing how low they can go as they limbo, the hula hoop contest and a game of kickball ( just to name a few), it's time to go back into the classroom and indulge in an ice pop after all their hard work.  The kids are very excited to do so.  It's the perfect ending to a perfect day.  

To their utter horror Fergus and Zeke discover that all of the kids are back inside their classroom enjoying their treat but guess what?  The duo are locked out of the school. They missed their human ride  back in.  Oh my! Whatever shall they do now?  Will these two little mice be able to use their athletic skills to get back inside and claim their ice pop reward also?  

This easy-to- read chapter book sparks imaginations and highlights the themes of teamwork and problem-solving.  The digital illustrations are full of expression, action and adventure.  Whether it is read solo or shared out loud this book will certainly be well received by its targeted audience.  I highly recommend it. 

Storywraps Rating - 5+++ HUGS!

Meet the Author

Kate Messner is passionately curious and writes books that encourage kids to wonder, too. Kate's titles include both fiction and nonfiction; she writes award-winning picture books, easy readers, chapter book series, and novels for young readers. Her books are frequently nominated for state book award lists and have been honored with the E.B. White Read Aloud Award, Golden Kite and Crystal Kite Awards, Riverby Award for Natural History Writing, and Nerdy Book Club Awards. Kate’s science themed books have also been selected as finalists for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize and named to the NSTA/CBC list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12.  Kate is a frequent speaker at conferences for writers and educators and visits schools all over the world to talk with students about books, writing, and the power of curiosity. 

About the Illustrator

Heather Ross is an illustrator, author, and textile designer. She is the illustrator of How to Behave at a Tea Party by Madelyn Rosenberg, as well as the Crafty Chloe books by Kelly DiPucchio. She also wrote the bestselling craft books Weekend Sewing and Heather Ross Prints. Heather's own dog, Lobo, currently holds a regional title for Smelliest Pup. She lives in New York City.

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