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The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens
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Jun 09, 08

bookshelves: kids, monarch2009, picturebook, funny
Read in June, 2008

The story of The Great Fuzz Frenzy actually starts on the endpapers and title page as we see Violet, a dog, drop her tennis ball down a prairie dog hole. While readers will recognize the fuzzy ball for what it is, the prairie dogs have no idea what this strange object is or does, until Pip Squeak, the smallest prairie dog gets up the courage to touch it and brings away a bit of fuzz starting the frenzy. Refreshingly this does not become a story of how the somewhat bullying Big Bark gets his comeuppance, but how he finds a good place in the prairie dog community. The illustrations of the prairie dogs dressed up in fuzz are priceless; Crummel produced them using mixed media on watercolor paper. While the fold out horizontally oriented spreads evoke how deep the prairie dog warren is, they make this a difficult story time choice as the book will need to be reoriented several times. The text which is both funny and well-suited to being read aloud with plenty of rhymes and alliteration makes reading the story aloud worth the extra effort. The final endpaper of Violet with another tennis ball, this one orange, could be a great opening to get kids discussing what they think will happen if she drops this one down the prairie dog hole.

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