Fergus and Zeke by Kate Messner, illustrated by Heather Ross

Published by Candlewick

Summary:  Fergus is a mouse who lives in a classroom and enjoys participating in all the routines and activities of Miss Maxwell’s class.  When he hears they are going on a field trip to the museum, he can’t wait, and is disappointed to find out he won’t be joining them.  Undaunted, he stows away in Emma’s backpack and rides on the bus along with the rest of the class.  The museum is everything he expected and more, as he makes a new mouse friend, Zeke.  Zeke is more of a daredevil than the rule-abiding Fergus, and he takes Fergus on a behind-the-scenes adventure that almost causes them both to miss the bus back home.  They make it, though, and when the class gets back to school, they are amazed to see two mice instead of one in Fergus’s cage.  56 pages; grades K-3.

Pros:  Readers not quite ready for the Humphrey books will enjoy this illustrated chapter book with endearing mouse characters and plenty of action

Cons:  If I were Miss Maxwell, I’d be a bit more thorough in my investigation into how a second mouse mysteriously appeared in the classroom.  

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