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Dorothy and Mikey

by Keiko Kasza

Published by Putnam, 2000
32 pages
ISBN: 0-399-23356-3

Ages 3 - 7

Kasza has repeatedly created humorous, believable picture stories featuring animal characters who somehow resemble some of the young children who enjoy her books - at least in their behavior. She's done it again, this time in Dorothy and Mikey, three picture stories in one book. Dorothy and Mikey are two little hippos who are friends, at least most of the time. In the first story, a game of "Knight and Princess" leads to an argument about who gets to save whom. Next, Mikey's bragging about being best at everything inspires Dorothy to use her wits to get the best of him. In the final story, Dorothy gets miffed when Mikey tells her he needs to spend some time alone -- until she finds out he has been writing a laudatory poem about her. The natural competition and complication of children at play occupy each of these very short, linked stories, each with its own sly edge. CCBC categories: Easy Fiction. (GMK; May 22) 2000 Cooperative Children's Book Center

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