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Scruffy Bear and the Six White Mice Paperback – 5 Jan 2012
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Scruffy Bear resolves to lead the mice to safety, but on the way they encounter an owl, then a fox and, finally, a snake. Thankfully, Scruffy's quick thinking saves the day, as he claims that his wards are first snowballs, then fluffy eggs, and finally moon apples. It is only after Scruffy and the mice are far away that the hunters realise that they have been fooled.
This is a nice enough tale for small children, and the illustrations are sweet, but I couldn't help being reminded of a certain other mouse who takes a stroll in a deep dark wood all the way through this story. In the end, I prefer the chutzpah of Julia Donaldson's creation, who not only faces up to his foes, but even subdues the creature of his imagination. Scruffy Bear is an appealing hero, but he got too close to a Gruffalo for my liking in this adventure.
This review refers to the hardback edition of 'Scruffy Bear and the Six White Mice' published by Jonathan Cape in 2011.
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