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Author: Schachner, Judith Byron
Dewey Bob Crockett is a young raccoon who loves to collect shiny things, but he discovers that it is a lot harder for a raccoon to collect--and keep--a friend.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.10
Points: .5 Quiz: 176504
Kirkus Reviews (-) (08/15/15)
School Library Journal (10/01/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2015 PreS-Gr 2—For a young raccoon, Dewey Bob has loads of character. Despite a plethora of hobbies and amusing predilections, from collecting buttons to being "as clean as the beans are green," and a knack for "decoratin'," Dewey Bob finds himself lonely when he strikes out on his own. Fortunately, his inventiveness comes in handy when he meets a kitten who can't walk, scoring him a friend. With fresh colors, handwritten lettering, and lush textures reminiscent of Melissa Sweet's work, the mixed-media illustrations fairly glow with endearing whimsy. Inspirational quotes and lively poems are integrated deftly into the images. However, the charm of the illustrations doesn't fully extend to the text. The story has a few too many ideas in it to fill out a traditional story arc, and the writing is a tad rambly. The down-home country dialect may delight listeners with its playful phrasing but may also pose challenges as a read-aloud. VERDICT This sweet, homespun (if rather long-winded) story will appeal to Schachner's many Skippyjon Jones fans and will introduce a new character to the canon.—Erin Reilly-Sanders, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.