The Books

One Potato Review

Here is a thoughtful – some might even say progressive – treatment of crime and punishment. The animals here are really just a bunch of losers and petty vandals (bad at bowling, bad at everything, is the rationalization they cook up) who get in over their heads with a criminal mastermind, the sheep-lady, “a weird and scary little ball of wool.” Of course they get busted, they do their time, and they emerge the better, and more enlightened, for it, though the tone of the storytelling remains light-hearted and sometimes even comical. Whatever their burdens and respective salvations, each of these hoodlums – a rat, skunk, a walrus and a gorilla – is incredibly likable from beginning to end. A great book for children who are fascinated with bad guys, whether you approve of that fascination or not.

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