Farmers Big and Bluster are bickering over who has the biggest and best cornfield. Meanwhile, Farmer Smarts is quietly confident that his is the best, but he’s not saying anything…
One day all three farmers find MICE all over the fields! So they decide to take control of the situation by building mousetraps.
Farmers Big and Bluster, in their extravagant, bombastic way, both go to town trying to outdo each other by building huge machines to trap the mice.
The mice carry on munching regardless…
Meanwhile, Farmer Smarts has got himself a FAT CAT who is the most successful mousetrap of all…
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James Sage and Russell Ayto's Fat Cat is a quirky and humorous tale, detailing Farmer Bluster and Farmer Big's inept attempts to rid their fields of an infestation of very cheeky mice. The farmers compete with each other to build a series of increasingly outlandish Heath Robinson-type contraptions, much to the mice's amusement. However, none of them have reckoned on their neighbour, Farmer Smarts' simpler and more effective solution-Fat Cat, "a cat with attitude". And the reason behind the champion mouser's ample girth is revealed towards the end.
Ayto's imaginative illustrations are highly detailed, including lots of lively dialogue between the characters. The farmers' bizarre inventions will especially appeal to young readers who love mechanical drawings and gadgetry. Ages 4-7. --Alison Drury.Review:
'[told] with great penmanship and comedy...' -- Sunday Times
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Book Description HarperCollins Children's Books, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007224672