The Wall in the Middle of the Book by Jon Agee

Published by Dial Books

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Summary:  The knight narrating the story is glad for the wall in the middle of the book.  It keeps him safe from the wild animals and the ogre that are on the other side.  As he talks, he climbs a ladder leaning up against the wall. Unbeknownst to him, but seen by the reader, water is rising on his side of the wall.  When he realizes he’s about to go under, the knight calls for help, and the ogre reaches over the wall and plucks him off the ladder. Although he’s safe, the knight panics, sure that the ogre will eat him.  The ogres laughs, saying that he’s a nice ogre and that his side of the book is fantastic. In the last few pages, the knight enjoys a ride on the backs of those “wild” animals, while a giant fish swallows a smaller fish on his original side of the wall.  48 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  It may or may not be a political allegory, but readers of all ages will get a laugh at the knight’s cluelessness, while learning some important lessons about making assumptions and fears of the unknown.

Cons:  I’m tired of hearing about walls.

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