The Racc Pack

S. & S. Jan. 2024. 184p. Tr $13.99. ISBN 9781665914932.
Gr 3-6–The Racc Pack lives fast and eats trash. Raccoons ReRe and Dusty—the muscle and the brains of the group respectively—and gadget-guy Scraps, a possum who believes he is a raccoon, live in a sustainable treehouse and spend their nights scavenging the streets of Vancouver, dumpster-diving for food and scraps. After discovering a motherlode of discarded “imperfect” food in the dumpster of a high-end grocery store, the Pack teams up with mysterious cat burglar JB and other neighborhood critters to hatch a plan to break into the recently upgraded security dumpster and make off like bandits with their delicious, discarded grub. But critter-despising grocery store owner Jeff Beans is determined to thwart the heist. Equally action-packed and full of heart, this title will appeal to animal lovers and readers who enjoy humor with their high jinks. Cooke uses comedy to lightly touch on ecological and social issues like recycling, community displacement, urban threats to wildlife, and the corporate waste of cosmetically imperfect groceries, all while keeping the tone fun and bright as to not lecture young readers, but instead introduce them to these concepts. Gardner’s artwork marvels with eye-catching colors, fun panel work, and emotive characters whose expressions range from endearing to hilarious.
VERDICT An imaginitive, high-energy heist that serves up laughs while gently introducing young readers to timely topics. A first purchase for library collections.

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