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Bandits / Johanna Wright.

Wright, Johanna. (Author).
Book Book (2011.)
Description: p. cm.
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2011.
4 of 4 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
0 current holds with 4 total copies.
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  • ISBN: 9781596435834
  • ISBN: 1596435836
  • Edition: 1st ed.
General Note: "A Neal Porter Book."
Summary: Raccoons wreak havoc on a town during the night, rummaging through garbage cans, stealing food, and then running off into the hills to enjoy their loot.
Citation: Wright, Johanna. "Bandits." New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2011.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2011 September #1
    *Starred Review* As the text tells the tale, a group of bandits roam the neighborhood at night, taking what they please, leaving plenty of clues, and hightailing it up to the hills. After picnicking until dawn, they head for their hideout and lie low until . . . nightfall. The illustrations reveal that the bandits are a family of raccoons with masklike markings, stick-thin arms and legs, and at least as much affection for each other as the trash cans, apple trees, and clotheslines they plunder. Wright's text is is quiet and slyly humorous, but her illustrations transform the story and ultimately steal the show. On closer visual acquaintance, even the little raccoon who looks shifty-eyed and furtive in the opening scene is shown to be a playful, curious fellow who ends the night tired, leaning in toward his mother while supporting his little sister on his other side. Fresh, witty, and beautifully composed, Wright's naive paintings create a world that is familiar and fantastic at the same time, with glowing skies, round houses, and wonderfully quirky human and animal characters. Working its charm in a thoroughly underhanded manner, this is the sort of quiet picture book that might sneak into a child's pile of favorite books and catch adults unaware. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2011 June #1

    Wright (The Secret Circus) gives readers their first laugh on the title page, as a family of sweetly dressed raccoons tiptoes past an overturned garbage can. They have fat raccoon bodies, but their arms and legs are black ink lines, the combination of spindly appendages and sly, squinty eyes proving especially hilarious. In loose blank verse, Wright explores the issue of raccoon banditry: "They sneak and they creep./ Doing just what they please./ They snatch and launder whatever they've found." Dark blue night surrounds the masked creatures in their striped T-shirts and lace-edged dresses as Wright parodies westerns ("They head for the hills to split up the loot"), painting the villains solemnly enjoying a basket of fruit on a patched picnic cloth. Fantasy elements proliferate: the raccoons' human adversaries live in cottages shaped like beehives, while the raccoons return to a tree house that rivals that of the Swiss Family Robinson. It's clear that these raccoons are very family oriented and wholesome—except for that powerful compulsion to overturn garbage cans. Readers are meant to cheer for the raccoons against the humans, and they will. Ages 2–6. (Aug.)

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  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2011 August

    PreS-Gr 2—Bandits are rarely presented in as endearing a manner as in Wright's delightful book about six troublesome raccoons that prowl the neighborhood digging through trash, stealing, and leaving a mess. The text reads like free verse, and it's clear that the words have been carefully chosen. "But those bandits are careless/Leaving clue after clue/And when they are caught/They will never confess!/Back on the run." The true star of this book is the amazing artwork. The textural, expressive paintings are full of life, movement, and humor. While the artistic process is evident through visible canvas texture and messy lines, each illustration is fully realized. The spread showing the raccoons as "They sneak and they creep" exaggeratedly toward the village at dusk perfectly introduces the rascally animals. Children who have experienced these nighttime visitors will enjoy seeing their version of events and the fanciful depiction of their activities. This quirky little story is best suited for one-on-one or individual reading. Given the chance, these bandits will easily steal readers' hearts with their charming mischief.—Anna Haase Krueger, Antigo Public Library, WI

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