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Crackle Creek
Monsell, Mary Elise.
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First edition.
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New York, NY : Atheneum, [1990]

Rival newspaper printers in Crackle Creek are brought together by an emergency.
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Rival newspaper printers in Crackle Creek are brought together by an emergency.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5. The mouse Douglas, publisher of "all the news that fits in print" in the Crackle Creek Voice, is in a huff far exceeding his diminutive proportions when another mouse named Rosemary arrives in town to put out the Crackle Creek Flash. Convincing characterizations add credibility as the scrappy reporter bewails being scooped and the upstart ingratiates herself with the Upstream Opera Company and visitors at the Back Badger Inn. When a devastating storm wreaks havoc in the tiny community, the two mice, unbeknownst to each other, heroically pitch in to salvage the other's newspaper. Out of the feisty rivalry comes a tender camaraderie. A story to give to youngsters who enjoyed Lilian Moore's I'll Meet You at the Cucumbers [BKL Mr 15 88]. Black-and-white illustrations are scattered throughout, though their dark tones, at times, dim the effect. --Phillis Wilson

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4 --Crackle Creek is a location of muddled imagination, and the hodge-podge of events and characters set there waft about with nothing to root them. Douglas, a mouse, singlehandedly runs the only newspaper in town until Rosemary prepares a competing paper. When he sets out to collect the day's news, he finds that she is scooping him. After the usurper leaves him a pot of stew and later rescues him and his printing press from a flood, though, Douglas relents and the two cooperate. The message is pretty blatant, but the events leading up to it carry so little dramatic impact that most readers won't get to it. The accompanying full-page black-and-white illustrations are dark and unwelcoming smudges that require close inspection to make out the characters. The samples of newspaper writing, done with childlike simplicity, seem merely condescending and are poor examples for children who might like to try writing. A riverside anthropomorphic tale invites comparison with A Wind in the Willows , but Crackle Creek is not even close. --Sally T. Margolis, formerly at The Newport Schools, Kensington, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.