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Rare Beasts by Charles Ogden
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Apr 26, 2008

liked it
bookshelves: juvenile

a newer series with a bid to buy into the lemony snicket fan club. not nearly as subtle or skilled as snicket, but the pictures are interesting. in this volume, they hear that rare animals are worth lots of money, so they steal all of the pets in town and paint and decorate them to disguise them as “rare beasts” then try to sell them back to the townspeople. slight storyline, and maybe i was also turned off by their periodic rhyming songlets. i hate it when authors include rhyming songlets (with no clue as to the intended tune, of course!) in the middle of chapter books. i also hated the less frivolous ones that were sprinkled throughout tolkein’s writing. i just find them tiresome and an interruption to the flow of the storyline! but i might read one or two more edgar and ellen books. they look like they might become popular.

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