Book review: Fergus and Zeke, by Kate Messner, illustrated by Heather Ross

Messner, Kate. Fergus and Zeke.  Illustrated by Heather Ross. Candlewick Press, 2017. $14.99. ISBN 9780763678463. 56 pages. Ages 5-8. P7 Q7

Fergus is the classroom pet who follows all the rules of the class. When the class goes on a field trip, Fergus realizes that he will have to stay at school. He devises a plan to go on the field trip and along his adventure, he meets a new friend, Zeke. Fergus and Zeke has four chapters and includes a table of contents. The illustrations are colorful and action packed and will help keep children’s attention and add to the text. Through the mice’s experience at the museum, children will see how friendships develop. The book is realistic in what the mouse experiences in a regular day at school. This is the first book in a new series. The book is set up for a sequel.

Verdict: I recommend this book for young children’s libraries. It is action packed, realistic, colorful and fun. Children will relate to the book and be interested in finding out what new adventures Fergus and Zeke will have.

June 2017 review by Tami Harris.


Book review: Teacher’s Pets, by Stephanie Calmenson and Joanna Cole, illustrated by Heather Ross

Calmenson, Stephanie and Cole, Joanna.Teacher’s Pet. Ross, Heather, ill. (Ready, Set, Dogs! series.) Henry Holt and Company, 2014. $14.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-9647-7. 114 pages. Ages 6-11. P9Q8.

Calmenson Teachers PetsKate and Lucie are best friends, who adore dogs, yet live in apartment buildings where dogs are not allowed. But with their magic dog bone necklaces, instead of having dogs, they get to be dogs!   In this second book of the Ready, Set, Dogs! series, Kate and Lucie’s class has a substitute teacher who has the class going wild with grunts, hoots, growls, and howls as he teaches about animal communication while the neighboring classroom mysteriously seems to have the very same substitute. At the same time, a girl in their class is teasing them about their closeness. The fast pace and fun-filled adventure will not only entertain but teach youngsters about animals and kindness too. April 2015 review by Penny McDermott.