Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Author: Heather Pindar
Illustrator: Susan Batori
Publisher: Maverick Arts Publishing
Mouse, Goat, and Bear are on their way to Cougar's party. Little do they know that the friendly piranhas under the rope bridge are actually trying to trick them into becoming lunch! The piranhas first stop Mouse and ask him to dance and play his ukulele for them, but he is quickly joined by Goat on his drum and Bear with his tuba! By this time, it is too much for the rope bridge to take, and they are all sent splashing into the water—much to the piranhas’ delight. Luckily for Mouse, Goat, and Bear, their great big splash is enough to send all of the piranhas out of the water. Mouse, Goat, and Bear think they have a better idea for lunch.
Fun and entertaining, this picture book is full of onomatopoeia and expressive illustrations. Everything on the page has so much personality, even the words. The onomatopoeia and songs are displayed in different fonts that curve around pictures. Children of ranging ages will be enthralled with the story and expressive illustrations. The pacing of the story puts readers at the edge of their seats, wondering if the piranhas are really going to get their feast. However, young children will not be scared or frightened by any of the animals because of the playful nature of the book. There is no moral to this story beyond "be careful what you ask for." This is a great read that belongs in any classroom or home.