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The Mystery of the Burmese Bandicoot (Tails of Frederick and Ishbu) [Hardcover]

Judy Cox , Omar Rayyan

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5.0 out of 5 stars reading for writers! 6 Dec 2008
By bcuzicaniteach - Published on Amazon.com
the author herself recommended this book to me after i emailed her telling her how much my third grade boys' book club enjoyed her Crazy Eddie and the Science Project of Doom. The kids are spellbound when we're reading this book aloud. We've talked about how the great word choices and alliteration help the reader visualize what's happening. My students even made a connection between this book and The Tale of Despereaux in noticing the edges of the pages look "chewed on," as if mice have been nibbling at the pages. I don't know if that was intentional or not, but I thought it was funny they noticed that detail! I love her work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a good adventure book for boys and girls 14 Feb 2010
By Clarinda Gress - Published on Amazon.com
My son Frank (9) who is an advanced reader, found this book - "stunning".
He liked the adventure, he liked how Frederick "thought". He liked the book so much he gave it to a friend as a birthday present. High praise indeed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids ages 10 and older will appreciate a mystery revolving around brave Frederick and hungry Ishbu 15 Jun 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Kids ages 10 and older will appreciate a mystery revolving around brave Frederick and hungry Ishbu, rat brothers who live in a cage in a 5th grade classroom. They learn much with the class, but when a class bully threatens them, the two flee the school to discovery the outside world - and a mysterious statue from a strange new world. A fine animal mystery evolves.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rat-Lover's Dream 7 Mar 2011
By Jeremy S. Roby - Published on Amazon.com
Being a former rat-owner, I just had to pick this book up when I saw it at the library. The cover has more adorable rodents on it than you can shake a stick at, and promises the reader a special treat. Luckily, the story inside delivers on that promise.

Frederick and Ishbu are two rat brothers who reside in Miss Dove's fifth grade classroom at Wilberforce Harrison Elementary School. Frederick constantly dreams of adventure, while Ishbu just dreams of his next meal.

When they are forced to flee for their lives, due to a series of unfortunate circumstances, they taste freedom for the first time. Unfortunately, they now have to fend for themselves on the streets of San Francisco.

They eventually make their way to the docks, and meet up with a shady group of animals called the Bildgewater Brigade. Their operation is run by a blind opossum known as the Big Cheese and it turns out that he wants Frederick and Ishbu to steal a jewel called the Burmese Bandicoot for him.

They refuse, but are then led on a merry chase that leads them onto a ship called the General Custer. On board they meet a cat called Saltwater Molly, who helps them hide from the crew. It turns out, however, the crew is also on the lookout for the Burmese Bandicoot and is headed across the Pacific Ocean.

Due to a big storm, the brothers are tossed overboard and separated. Ishbu washes up on a tropical island that is home to Nana Matu, a secret temple run by and dedicated to rats, which is also the sacred resting place of the Burmese Bandicoot. Meanwhile, Frederick gets to live out his fantasies of being a sailor by drifting along on the Indian Ocean on a makeshift raft.

Eventually the brothers meet up again, and they are introduced to another castaway named Natasha. Frederick is immediately enchanted by this exotic beauty. But when the Burmese Bandicoot is stolen out from the temple and it's up to Frederick and Ishbu to retrieve it. After an eventful trip back across the Pacific Ocean the two rat brothers make it back to San Frisco. But are they in time to stop the Bildgewater Brigrade from putting the jewel to use in their nefarious plans?

While I am not the target audience for this story, I found it quite charming. There are many interesting little asides about rat behavior as well as educational tidbits about history and literature. You can tell this book was written by someone who knows about rats and teaching, and has a passion for both. If you have any children in grade school I highly recommend you check this book out.
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