Get That Pest!

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Mary LeCompte, Common Sense Media
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Young readers will love this humorous story.

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Parents need to know that there's no objectionable content in this book. The story is surprising and suspenseful, and the writing is well suited for young readers. The watercolor illustrations are detailed and expressive, and convey movement and humorous situations that young kids will enjoy.

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What's the story?

Five eggs are missing from Mom and Pop Nash's hen house! Their first two attempts to catch the egg thief get them into a tangle--then some funny situations. When they finally catch the culprit, he's got a big surprise for them! Young readers will love this humorous, fully illustrated story.


Is it any good?

The story is surprising, and the language isn't too complicated or advanced for kids to enjoy reading on their own. The bright watercolor illustrations are playful. Especially enjoyable is the painting of the jumbled-up mess that happens when Mom and Pop Nash try to catch the wolf. Illustrator Wong Herbert Yee catches the angry look on Mom Nash's face after Pop nets her, and the wolf's sly expression when he confesses to painting, not eating, the eggs.

There's also a math lesson for preschoolers: When the story explains that every day the Nashes' 10 hens lay 10 eggs, an illustration of 10 eggs is provided under the text. When five eggs are missing, the illustration shows five eggs, and so on. Little fingers love to point and count, and the egg illustrations give them a chance to do just that.

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  • Families can talk about what the characters are trying to accomplish in the story. What do Mom and Pop do when they find that eggs are missing? Are you surprised by the wolf's confession?

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