How To Catch a Clover Thief

Little, Brown. Feb. 2021. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316534284.
PreS-Gr 3–In an unassuming forest clearing, Roy, a wild boar, chances upon a patch of clover just on the verge of serving up its scrumptious white blossoms. Lucky Roy lays claim to his newfound clover patch when his bookworm neighbor, Jarvis, the gopher, discreetly shows interest in the rare treat. Jarvis cunningly tempts Roy with books about cooking with clover, campsite construction, and aerospace engineering, distracting Roy from defending the prized clover patch. Much to Roy’s surprise, little by little, the clover patch slowly disappears. How will Roy catch this sly thief before all of his clover vanishes? By visiting the library for the right book to plan his course of action! Parsley (If You Ever Want To Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t!), in a style reminiscent of Ryan T. Higgins’s Mother Bruce, plays with the text to deliver immersive screwball cartoon humor. The hilarious antics of boar and gopher devouring books in order to outsmart each other make for a playful read-aloud for early elementary students.
VERDICT An engaging and humorous first purchase, equal parts read-aloud and laugh-out-loud.

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