Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam are two hapless robber dogs who decide the perfect way to rob their neighbors would be to invite them over for a lovely tea party. Read more...
Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam are two hapless robber dogs who decide the perfect way to rob their neighbors would be to invite them over for a lovely tea party. The only problem is they ve never baked a cupcake or pastry in their lives. Could this be the change of pace they ve been looking for? A funny, quirky story, deliciously dished up "
- ISBN-13: 9780763668389
- ISBN-10: 0763668389
- Publisher: Nosy Crow
- Publish Date: August 2013
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 4-8
- Dimensions: 11.5 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-06-10
- Reviewer: Staff
Two hapless canine robbers—a roly- poly bulldog and a tall brown hound—believe they’ve hit on a truly cunning plan: they’ll throw a tea party. “And then, when the neighbors are here having fun,/ we’ll sneak to their houses and rob every one!” But while the scrumptious doughnuts, cupcakes, pies, and “best buns in town!” that Shifty and Sam have whipped up momentarily distract the guests, the pair is invariably caught red-handed. Instead of retribution, however, their victims offer career counseling: “Why don’t you open a café instead?” Corderoy’s (A Flower in the Snow) unobtrusive, let-me-tell-you-a-story rhymes allow Lenton, a British animator making his debut, to take center stage with cheerily frenetic images that look like freeze frames from a cartoon (the style may remind some readers of Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends). Lenton works on a single plane but sidesteps staginess by playing with the possibilities of horizontal and vertical space; he’s as adept at depicting an angry mob of zoo animals chasing Shifty and Sam after a botched caper as he is crafting a precarious tower of delicately decorated cupcakes. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)