Rip Squeak And His Friends

Summary:

Rip Squeak is a mouse. He makes friends with a lonely cat and a theatrical frog. The adventures they have are extraordinary because they share them with their friends.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The characters in the book are richly illustrated. Kids will be drawn to the book because of the images.

Content Awareness Factors:

This has an awkward storyline. This is a story about friendship, but I would not bring this book into the classroom. There are much stronger books out there.


Little Kid Reaction

My 3 year old picked this book first for about a month, right before nap time. We had to read Rip Squeak before anything else.

Parent Reaction

I did not like the book as much as my son. I appreciated the detailed and interesting illustrations, but they did not always match up with the text. Similarly, the text did not stand up to the illustrations – some of the transitions from page to page were confusing, as if each page were taken from a different book. The story was not strong and just did not make much sense to me. Taking my above reaction to the book, I was confused as to why my son asked for the book over and over again. There was not much story, and I’m not sure what the conclusion was at the end. My guess was that the richness of the pictures made the book intriguing.

Type of Book:
This picture book tells the story of four animal friends and their adventures.
Educational Themes:

Because the storyline is confusing, it is tough to discern what the educational theme would be.

Reading Level:
2.7
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read with a 3-year-old boy and his 5-year-old brother.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow or skip. It’s probably worth checking out of the library on a rainy day. The pictures really are well done.

Title Rip Squeak and His Friends
About

Rip Squeak series

Author Susan Yost-Filgate
Publisher Raven Tree Press © 2009
Illustrators Leonard Filgate
ISBN 9781934960400
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Animal Character, Life Lessons
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