"The Wolf, the Mouse & the Duck

Area students put pen to paper and sent in some stellar reviews this month. Thanks to all who encourage students to read my Picks. It makes Newsbee’s search for wonderful reads more worthwhile. Another note of gratitude goes to the Washington Optimists for awarding each of the following kids a prize book for the reviews that appear here. Until next month, Page On!

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“The Wolf, the Duck & the Mouse,” By Mac Barnett.

Reviewed by Jackson Wallace, Augusta Elementary School.

“This book is fiction and takes place in a wolf’s stomach. A wolf, a duck, a mouse and a hunter were in the story.

“A wolf eats the mouse and the duck. Then, they eat breakfast in the wolf’s stomach. The duck talked about how he never wanted to get eaten by the beast. Then he found out it wasn’t so bad.

“Duck found a bed, a table and he found a friend, a mouse inside the wolf’s stomach. They found carrots, bread, potatoes, utensils, and candles. The wolf swallowed some other things that they needed. Read this book to find out how the rest of the story goes.

“I did not like this book because it is really short. I prefer to read longer books. However, I think first- and some second-graders would enjoy it. I give this book 2 out of 5 beehives.”

Reviewed by Mrs. Straatmann’s second-grade class, Clearview Elementary School.

“This book was very entertaining. The wolf swallows the mouse. He meets a duck inside the belly of the wolf. They have breakfast inside the wolf’s body. Wolf got a stomachache. The duck said he had a cure; the wolf needed to eat cheese, wine and beeswax.

“The mouse and the duck had a party. The wolf felt even worse. Then a hunter came and shot a gun at the wolf and missed. Mouse and duck decided to help wolf.

“Our favorite part of this story is when the mouse and the duck have a party in the wolf’s stomach. We recommend this book to anyone who likes animals and danger. We like this book and hope you will too.”

Reviewed by Rose Gerdiman, third grade, Augusta Elementary School.

“This book is fiction. It happens in the wolf’s stomach. This story entertains you with fun events. The characters are a mouse, duck, wolf and an old man.

“The wolf swallowed the duck and the mouse. They party it up in the wolf’s stomach. Then, the wolf gets a stomachache. Then, the hunter hears the wolf. The hunter tries to shoot them. Then, the duck and mouse come out of the wolf’s stomach and scare the hunter away.

“I like it when the wolf says, ‘I am sorry for eating you. You saved my life when I thought not to spare yours.’ This book reminded me of ‘Stone Fox’ because the guy was being mean to Willy.

“I think this book would be a good book for second grade and first grade. I give it 5 out of 5 beehives.”

Reviewed by Sydnee How, third grade, Augusta Elementary School.

“This is a fiction book. It happens in the woods. It was made to entertain you. The characters are a wolf, a duck, a mouse and a hunter.

“At first the wolf swallowed the duck. Then the wolf eats the mouse. Then the mouse started to chatter about, ‘Oh no, I’m in a wolf’s stomach.’ Then the mouse and the duck had a dance party in the wolf’s stomach. The wolf had a stomachache.

“Then a hunter shot at the wolf and missed. Then, wolf got stuck in this trap. Then, the duck and the mouse shot out of the wolf’s stomach. You have to read the rest to find out.

“I give this book 4 out of 5 beehives. So, I would read it if I were you.”

Reviewed by Mrs. Phelp’s second-grade class, Clearview Elementary School.

“This book was amazing because it made us laugh and was full of entertainment. This story is about a mouse, a duck, and wolf. When you read the title you would never imagine that the mouse and duck would be eaten by the wolf and then live in his belly.

“Our favorite part of this story is when the duck told the wolf to swallow the cheese and candles to help his belly ache when in reality they just wanted him to swallow it so they could eat the cheese and have a candle lit dinner.

““If you like books that entertain you, this is the book for you! It kept our class giggling the whole time. I hope you read the book so you can laugh too.”

Reviewed by Mrs. Schwartz’s first-grade class, Immanuel Lutheran School.

“This book started with a wolf swallowing a mouse. Then the mouse saw the duck sleeping in the wolf’s belly. They cooked and ate in the belly. They even tricked the wolf into eating cheese and wine. They ate the food and danced. It made the wolf sick.

“A hunter came and saw the wolf. He tried to shoot the wolf but missed. So the mouse came up with a plan. The duck and the mouse flew out of the wolf’s mouth with funny clothes on and a pot for a hat. They scared the hunter away forever.

“The wolf felt shame for having eaten the duck and the mouse. He asked if he could make it up to them. The duck and mouse went back into the belly of the wolf to live.

“We liked the part when the mouse and duck shot out of the wolf. It was like captain duck and super mouse. It was a very funny story. We liked the pictures.”

Reviewed by Mrs. Robinson’s second-grade class, Immanuel Lutheran School.

“This book was about a duck and a mouse getting eaten by a wolf. The mouse and the duck made their home inside the wolf. They slept and cooked. They tricked the wolf into eating cheese and wine and had a party. When they danced, it made the wolf sick. He moaned and a hunter heard him.

“The hunter shot at the wolf but missed. The duck and the mouse scared the hunter by flying out of the wolf’s mouth. He ran away from the woods. The wolf was sorry for eating them and asked them what they would want him to do. They went back into the wolf’s belly to be safe.

“We liked this book because it was so funny and made us laugh. It taught us a lesson about teamwork and forgiveness.”

Reviewed by Abby Weidmayer, third grade, Immanuel Lutheran School.

“This story is about a duck and mouse that got swallowed by a wolf. They lived in the wolf’s stomach. The duck was all by himself. The mouse got swallowed, and he wasn’t the duck wasn’t lonely anymore. They danced inside the wolf’s stomach.

“The wolf got a stomachache. The duck had an idea. He said to the wolf, eat some cheese and wine and candles. The duck and the mouse had a feast. The wolf was feeling worse. He moaned and a hunter heard him. The hunter fired his gun. He missed. The wolf tripped. The mouse said to the duck, we have to fight. They came out of the wolf’s stomach and yelled, ‘Charge!’

“The hunter got scared and ran off. The wolf thanked the duck and mouse. He told them he would grant them a favor. They decided to return to the wolf’s stomach.

“I liked this story a lot because of the pictures. I highly recommend it. The book is very unique. I have never read anything like it. The book was very funny. My favorite picture is when the wolf has a stomachache and stuck his tongue out. Overall this is a great book.”

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Balderdash!” by Michelle Markel.

Reviewed by Mrs. Phelp’s second-grade class, Clearview Elementary School.

“This book is a marvelous read. Did you ever wonder how children’s books began? Well wonder no longer; this book is about history, but not just history, the history of how children’s books evolved.

“It doesn’t just tell you how children’s book started but it tells you in a way that is fun and easy to read. Who has ever heard of John Newbery and wondered who he is? Well then this is the book for you.

“This book explains exactly how Newbery changed history. If you like interesting history telling books, then you will love this book. I hope you get the chance to read it and learn about the history of children’s books.

Reviewed by Neve Hopfensperger, third grade, Immanuel Lutheran School.

“This book is about John Newbery and the start of children’s books. Without John we would not have children’s book. I like books, and I think everybody should thank John that we have geography books, fantasy and non-fiction. Everybody who likes books should thank John Newbery.”

Reviewed by Mrs. Straatmann’s second-grade class, Clearview Elementary School.

“This book was all about John Newbery. He decides to write books for children because there were no interesting books for children. They were all boring and for adults.

“Newbery opens a book store in a busy city and worries that no one will like the books, but they do. They want to eat them like plum cakes!

“We thought the story was kind of hard to understand but we do love books and are thankful that John Newbery decided to start the tradition of writing children’s books! Our class gives the book 3 stars out of 5 beehives!

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“The War I Finally Won,” By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

Reviewed by Aidan Van Leer, sixth grade, Immanuel Lutheran School.

“Ada Smith is a cripple who ran away from her cruel mother. She was brought to an older lady named Susan Smith, who would take care of her.

“Their house was bombed, but Ada, Susan and Jamie, who is Ada’s brother, all survived. Susan took Ada to the hospital to heal her clubfoot. The surgery was successful, but during it Ada’s mother died.

“Ada was unsure how she felt about her mother’s death. Ada, Susan and Jamie moved into a cottage owned by their neighbor, Lady Thornton. To earn money, Susan taught a German Jew, but Lady Thornton disapproved.

“I enjoyed this book very much. It was inspiring and I (was moved) by the content, and the end. I would recommend it to people who like war stories. I rate it 5 stars.”