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 Cress Watercress
 Author: Maguire, Gregory

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 216 p., col. ill., 23 cm

 BTSB No: 596690 ISBN: 9781536211009
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Rabbits -- Fiction
 Forest animals -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction
 Fantasy fiction
Fantasy Fiction
Adventure Fiction

Price: $23.98

When Papa doesn't return from a nocturnal honey-gathering expedition, Cress holds out hope, but her mother assumes the worst. It's a dangerous world for rabbits, after all. Mama moves what's left of the Watercress family to the basement unit of the Broken Arms, a run-down apartment oak with a suspect owl landlord, a nosy mouse super, a rowdy family of squirrels, and a pair of songbirds who broadcast everyone's business. Can a dead tree full of annoying neighbors, and no Papa, ever be home?

 Illustrator: Litchfield, David

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Booklist - 02/15/2022 After her father fails to return home from a foraging trip, Cress (a young rabbit) sadly moves out of the family burrow with her mom and baby brother, Kip. Their new home? The Broken Arms, a forest creatures’ version of a rundown apartment building, housed in a hulking dead tree and presided over by a haughty owl landlord. Other residents include a lively family of squirrels, an old mouse couple, and a pair of songbirds. Maguire gives them all strongly defined characters, but however charming, they don’t live charmed lives. Cress’ mother is stressed over making rent (10 dead moths per day) and Kip’s fragile health, while Cress refuses to accept that her father is gone for good, hates their tiny basement apartment, and longs to be seen more as a grown-up. A hungry fox, a sneaky snake, a blundering bear, and “human beanpoles” add drama and suspense to Cress’ mini adventures, which are luminously depicted in Litchfield’s color illustrations. Despite dark undertones, this novel of family and friendship will please fans of animal fantasies. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

Booklist - 02/15/2022 - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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