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Skinny and Fats, best friends
Meister, Cari.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, [2002]

Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Two best friends, Skinny the rabbit and Fats the pig, share adventures when they build a rocket and bake some pies.
General Note:
"A Holiday House reader, Level 2"--Cover.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.1 0.5 61524.
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A Holiday House Reader."Two best friends, Skinny the rabbit and Fats the pig, share adventures when they build a rocket and bake some pies.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This appealing beginning reader introduces two best pals, Fats the pig and Skinny the rabbit, as well suited to each other as Meister's (When Tiny Was Tiny) buoyant narrative and Bjorkman's (Aliens for Breakfast; Aliens for Lunch) affectionate pictures (a highlight of which is Skinny's Hawaiian shirt sporting a carrot motif). Three chapters offer stand-alone tales. In the first, Fats tells Skinny that he is his best friend, and clever Skinny responds with clues as to the identity of his best friend. Bjorkman's playful black line and watercolor wash ensures that Skinny's clues never seem coy or mean-spirited (despite clue #3, "My best friend is very, very fat"). In the other capers, the duo uses a chair, a spring and an alarm clock to build a rocket that they hope will take them to Mars, and Skinny kindly consoles Fats when their contraption catapults them no farther than a backyard tree. Skinny concocts an unorthodox, rabbit-rousing marshmallow pie (calling for carrot cookies and carrot sauce) in the final episode; a recipe for a far more kid-pleasing recipe (containing graham crackers, chocolate sauce and marshmallows) closes the volume. Short, staccato sentences featuring well-placed repetition (Fats repeatedly taps his head-"Tap, tap, tap"-while thinking) make this a sprightly and appetizing morsel for picture-book graduates eager for longer fare. The characters' humorously exaggerated facial expressions alone will have budding readers laughing along with the good-humored pals. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-In the first book, Skinny, a rabbit, and Fats, a pig, do everything together, from fishing to making marshmallow pie to building rockets. The three stories are funny, and the accompanying cartoons convey the humor of these situations. Although Meister's characters are engaging and are accepting of who they are, it is unfortunate that their names reflect their body types. Still, Skinny and Fats is a fun addition for beginning-reader collections. In the second title, two kittens are invited to spend the weekend with their grandparents picking apples and baking pies. Harry is excited, but Emily is less so as she thinks apples are "Yuck!" The four adventures from this weekend all revolve around apples. Ruelle's child-centered dialogue, gentle humor, and simple watercolor illustrations make this an ideal choice for readers not quite ready for chapter books.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.