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Lousy Rotten Stinkin' Grapes by Margie Palatini
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May 16, 2010

it was amazing

Lousy Rotten Stinkin’ Grapes. By Margie Palatini. Illustrated by Barry Moser.
Simon and Schuster, 2009. 29 pages. $15.99

“They’re probably sour anyway,” Fox says as he walks away from a bunch of tantalizing grapes. So ends the tale of Lousy Rotten Stinkin’ Grapes, written by Margie Palatini and illustrated by Barry Moser.

Like the Aesop’s Fable upon which it is based, this tale is about a bunch of juicy grapes just outside of Fox’s reach. After trying with no avail to reach them, Fox enlists the help of a few of his animal friends. As he is quite sly and bossy, Fox refuses to listen to anyone, and in the end, walks off without his grapes.

Palatini’s characters are chosen with care. The big, sweet bear, the toothy beaver, the prickly porcupine, and the childlike possum all offer their help to Fox and hope that in return they get a taste of a grape. Moser’s illustrations are captivating; the animals are characters, not cartoons and filled with expression

This is a wonderful book for children to read alone and a fabulous read aloud for families and classrooms.

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