Thursday, March 5, 2015

Edgar and the Tattle-Tale Heart by Jennifer Adams -- ADVISABLE

Adams, Jennifer Edgar and the Tattle-Tale Heart, illustrated by Ron Stucki. PICTURE BOOK. Gibbs Smith, 2014. $16.99. Content: G.

While Edgar and Lenore's mother is out one day, Edgar knocks over the family's Edgar Allen Poe statue. Although he tries to fix it, it's no use. The moment their mom returns, Lenore rushes to tattle on her brother, but their mother has a better idea for getting to the bottom of things.

Edgar and Lenore's sibling relationship feels very real, and Edgar's attempts to cover up his accident are hilarious. There's also a great lesson about owning up to making a mistake, trying to fix what went wrong, and not tattling. While children are unlikely to get the many allusions to Poe -- the names, the ravens, the statue, the title, etc. -- adults who love his work will likely appreciate the references.

Pre-K, EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn

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