cover image Ferret Fun

Ferret Fun

Karen Rostoker-Gruber, illus. by Paul R%C3%A1tz de Tagyos. Marshall Cavendish, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7614-5817-3

Fudge and Einstein%E2%80%94a pair of hammock dwelling, raisin-loving ferrets%E2%80%94don't quite know what to think about Marvel, the tubby marmalade cat that will be temporarily staying with them. And their opinion doesn't improve when she narrows her eyes at them and, convinced they're rats, tries to unlatch their cage to eat them ("That's no friend," whispers Fudge. "No kidding," replies Einstein). The action unfolds in comic-style panels in creamy tones, as the ferrets hatch a plan, hightailing it to hide in the closet as their adversary declares: "You know I can't eat, I mean %E2%80%98play' with you if you're hiding." Leading Marvel into a trap, Fudge and Einstein stand up to Marvel's bullying, and an avalanche of cardboard boxes sends Marvel running. After celebrating with their "happy dance," however, the ferrets experience a quick change of heart and extend an olive branch to Marvel, who accepts. R%C3%A1tz de Tagyos's humorous depictions of all three animals and some tense moments should please casual readers, but those who give the story closer consideration may be mystified by the turns of events. Ages 4%E2%80%938. (Mar.)