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By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Wacky mayhem as bumbling weasels reset doomsday machine.

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age 3+

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age 3+

Fabulously funny, clever book with great intricate illustrations.

This is Elys Dolan's debut picture book and it's excellent. It's a picture book so it's a great pre-reader book, but there are lots of speech bubbles, so it's also great for independent readers too. Both my 4 and 7 year old loved it!

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WEASELS takes a wacky idea and runs with it to hilarious effect. Each spread is filled with busy weasels -- many clinging to their coffee drinks, some in white lab coats or audio headsets and holding clipboards. They use all sorts of tools (blowtorches, drills, saws, wrenches) to detect the problem and fix the machine -- until a representative from Health and Safety shuts them down. Then they turn to the laboratory: "Don't worry. We can solve this with science!" says one weasel. Sharp readers know the answer is simply plugging the machine's cord back into the wall.

The watercolor-and-ink illustrations are packed with fun details and deadpan observations such as, "Without this drill I am nothing," as well as subtle pop culture allusions, as when the game "World of Woodcraft" is seen on a computer screen. There are also plenty of silly moments to entertain little ones, such as a weasel accidentally spilling coffee on the head of his coworker. The endpapers that follow the last page offer a glimpse of what weasel world domination looks like -- including weasels on the money, on the moon, and on the "Starweasels Coffee" logo. Loads of chuckles for kids and adults.

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