Cork and Fuzz
Ages 5 to 7
Penguin, 2005, 0-670-03602-1
Cork the muskrat is bored; in fact he is so bored that he decides to yell down an empty log to hear his own echo. Then his echo does something odd – it answers back. In fact it is not the log that is talking, it is a possum called Fuzz who replies to Cork’s words, a possum who likes to eat bugs. Cork thinks that bugs are dreadful. He likes to eat cattails, roots and seeds; “veggie stuff” Fuzz sniffs in disgust
In fact it soon appears that the two animals really don’t have much in common. Fuzz hates water while Cork loves it, Fuzz eats bugs while Cork eats only eats vegetarian foods. When they try to play together they end up either frightening each other or sticking each other with thorns. Their games are not a success. Surely these two animals cannot find a common ground. Then Fuzz shares a little secret with Cork and they discover something very interesting about one another.
This funny, charming early reader will delight children who are new to reading. There is no doubt that Cork and Fuzz are a wonderfully loveable pair and through them we can see that even the most different kinds of creatures will find that they have something that they can share with one another.
Delightful illustrations capture the characters of Fuzz and Cork, bringing them to life in all their furry and funny ways.
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