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Library : Book Reviews > Crabby Cratchitt

Crabby Cratchitt
By Gregory Maguire
Illustrated by: Andrew Glass

Review by: Lori Plach

     Too much noise doesn't suit Crabby Cratchitt but neither does too much silence. I have found myself in that same situation, sometimes the noise level is too high, but if it gets too quiet, chances are someone is into something they shouldn't be. Crabby Cratchitt has a hen who is causing all the ruckus. Poor Crabby can't even rest so she decides to take the matter into her own hands and gets her hatchet. No matter how many times Crabby thinks she can get close enough to kill the hen, something always happens to prevent it. She trips on a bump. She gets a net all rigged up only to have it fall on her. Crabby dons a disguise as a scarecrow only to have the hen perch on her head.
     Crabby is concerned that her farm will be overrun by chicks if the eggs that the hen keeps laying should all hatch. Just as Crabby has all the eggs in her grasp, she notices that a fox has his sights set on her hen. When the hen doesn't let out a tiny cluck after Crabby scared the fox away, the hen's owner is devastated. Crabby realizes that it wasn't so bad to have alot of noise and its a good thing because before long there are plenty of chicks on the farm.
     Crabby Cratchitt is an excellent book with its blend of suspense,
adventure and silliness. Andrew Glass' enchanting pictures bring this
laugh-out-loud story to life. It shows a very unique and heartwarming
friendship.

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