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Bandits by Johanna Wright
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Dec 18, 11

bookshelves: picture-book, preschool, animals, raccoons, thievery, food, garbage-cans, stars
Read in September, 2011

This folksy picture book is about a family of raccoons who pillage a town on a summer night and then run off to enjoy their spoils. The slick pages make the simple pictures feel elegant and with only a few words on each page, the pace of the book is just right for three to five year old children. The colors of the illustrations are muted dim tones of black and blue, less coloful than young readers usually enjoy. Some of the sentences are confusing (such as "they baffle the fuzz with each little trick") and most likely too complicated for small children to comprehend. One of the greatest charms of the story is the drawings of the raccoon family's faces drawings. In particular, the raccoon's eyes are drawn with such detail that they mirror the activities they get up to, like sneaking along the wall into the town or enjoying the fruit of their labors on a picnic blanket under the stars. While muted, the illustrations have the cuteness factor as does the entire story; yet, the story would be improved by choosing different words that are clearer for young children. This picture book fails due to the muted and blurred colors of the illustrations and the odd word choices. Not recommended for public libraries.
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