Fergus and Zeke

Written by Kate Messner
Illustrated by Heather Ross

Fergus is a mouse. A well-behaved mouse that just happens to be the classroom pet for Miss Maxwell’s class. He follows all the rules, so why shouldn’t he go on the class field trip? Consequently, he sees no problem with stowing away in Emma’s backpack. He befriends a nice banana so he will follow the rule of having a buddy. But when the kids are required to leave their backpacks in the cloak room, Fergus has to find another buddy. And he does – Zeke, a museum mouse. Zeke, not quite believing in rules, shows him all the fun places humans cannot go. They have so much fun, Fergus almost misses the bus home. Of course, Zeke must come with him, much to the surprise of the entire classroom.

Fergus is so likeable that young readers will surely want to know what happens to him. They will probably want to see more from Fergus and Zeke also. Kids will learn a lot about friendship about the importance of rules. They might also learn about how field trips work and about what goes on at natural history museums. The sweet illustrations give a realistic view of this imaginative story.

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  • Fergus and ZekeTitle: Fergus and Zeke
  • Author: Kate Messner
  • Illustrator: Heather Ross
  • Published: Candlewick Press, 2017
  • Reviewer: Sue Poduska
  • Format: Hardcover, 56 pages
  • Grade Level: K to 3
  • Genre: Chapter book, Friendship
  • ISBN: 978-0-7636-7846-3

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