CORK AND FUZZ
VIKING * ILLUSTRATED BY LISA MC CUE * ISBN 978-0-670-06286-7
copy: Cork is a short muskrat who likes to collect shiny stones. Fuzz
is a tall possum who also likes to collect shiny stones. Fuzz tries to
collect a "stone" from a duck's nest, and in turn, the mama duck
decides to collect Fuzz. Will Cork be able to save his friend?
The humorous story and warm illustrations in this fourth Cork and Fuzz easy-to-read title are sure to collect fans with each new adventure.
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
Cork, the short muskrat who collects shiny stones, and Fuzz, the tall possum who collects, well, most things, including feathers, return in a fourth easy reader. Their slightly rivalrous friendship—they spar a bit over the sizes and types of their collections—is further tested when they encounter some “green stones” near a pond. Owing to a feather wrapped in Fuzz’s tail, five hatching ducklings bond with the possum, and their returning mother duck “collects” him while hustling her brood back to the nest. After Cork finds a way to liberate Fuzz, the pair runs, flaps and quacks, “collecting laughs all the way home.” McCue’s charming pictures couple pastoral blues and greens of pond and meadow with wiry and shiny textures for Cork and Fuzz’s fur and tails. While plotting is slightly thinner than in previous outings, Chaconas has fun with the friends’ confusion as the busy ducklings overrun their nest. A welcome addition to a sweet, funny series.
SEATTLE CHILDREN'S LITERATURE EXAMINER
Cork and Fuzz by Dori Chaconas and Lisa McCue is a great series that I wish I had discovered when my kids where in this phase of reading. The stories are well developed and entertaining and the pictures are typical for McCue—high quality and adorable.
Cork is a muskrat that eats veggies and likes to play; Fuzz is a possum that eats bugs (yuck to Cork!) and likes to eat, a lot. Despite their differences, they manage to become friends through sweet and quirky adventures.
The books are gentle but funny. For instance, in Cork & Fuzz, The Collectors the duo is collecting stones when Fuzz finds duck eggs. The eggs hatch, and through a series of silly missteps, Fuzz ends up in the nest with the ducklings with the “mother buzzard bee” sitting on them all. The pictures are hilarious. But Cork comes through and rescues his friend and all is well in the end.
These books are each about 30 pages long and are divided into chapters that make for good breaking points. They really are well done—fun stories, beautiful glossy pictures on each page, and a great theme of unlikely friends having a great time together.---Laurie Mayhew
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