On the last day of a summer vacation, Martin looks into a fox’s eyes, and discovers just what his Great Aunt Zavella meant when she warned him of the “little trick” that foxes can play. Suddenly, he has four legs and a bushy tail—and clever Sharpnose, who had engineered the whole encounter, is lodged in a boy’s body, with its oh-so-useful hands. Both are exhilarated by the switch, at least initially. Adding occasional freely sketched ink drawings that reflect the sunny tone, Gerstein crafts a tale rich in magic, music, and the profound pleasure of suddenly seeing the world through new eyes. Great Aunt Zavella, who grew up in the Old Country where “nothing is only one thing and everything can be anything”—and where every child learns fox language in the second grade—isn’t fooled for long; working subtle magic of her own with songs and good-humored persuasion, she soon has the pair happily back in their original bodies. New chapter-book readers will be won over by the episode’s engaging cast and well-tuned sense of wonder. (Fiction. 8-10)

Pub Date: July 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-307-26509-9

Page Count: 80

Publisher: Golden Books/Random

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2001

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McDonald’s irrepressible third-grader (Judy Moody Gets Famous, 2001, etc.) takes a few false steps before hitting full stride. This time, not only has her genius little brother Stink submitted a competing entry in the Crazy Strips Band-Aid design contest, but in the wake of her science teacher’s heads-up about rainforest destruction and endangered animals, she sees every member of her family using rainforest products. It’s all more than enough to put her in a Mood, which gets her in trouble at home for letting Stink’s pet toad, Toady, go free, and at school for surreptitiously collecting all the pencils (made from rainforest cedar) in class. And to top it off, Stink’s Crazy Strips entry wins a prize, while she gets . . . a certificate. Chronicled amusingly in Reynolds’s frequent ink-and-tea drawings, Judy goes from pillar to post—but she justifies the pencil caper convincingly enough to spark a bottle drive that nets her and her classmates not only a hundred seedling trees for Costa Rica, but the coveted school Giraffe Award (given to those who stick their necks out), along with T-shirts and ice cream coupons. Judy’s growing corps of fans will crow “Rare!” right along with her. (Fiction. 8-10)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2002

ISBN: 0-7636-1446-7

Page Count: 160

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2002

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For shark fanciers, a look at a Los Angeles Natural History Museum exhibit, Sharks: Fact and Fantasy. Now touring the country, it includes models of large and small sharks, many of them swimming in simulated undersea settings. The text follows a group of young museum-goers as they examine shark teeth, fossil sharks, sharks in art, and a living shark embryo; shark anatomy, special adaptations, types of sharks, and some shark facts are also included. Photos are clear, colorful and engaging. Not comprehensive, but an attractive added purchase. Pronunciation guide; additional reading; index. (Nonfiction. 8-10)

Pub Date: Sept. 23, 1991

ISBN: 0-395-57560-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Clarion Books

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1991

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