Hungry Roscoe by David J. Plant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Roscoe is a hungry raccoon and he's fed up with eating rotten junk out of the bins. What he wouldn't give for a lovely bit of fish or some fresh, juicy fruit and where better to find food than at the zoo! An excellent idea. Except for the grumpy zookeeper who's intent on keeping Roscoe OUT. But Roscoe's determined to eat, and sure enough he's come up with a plan to disguise himself as a zoo animal . . . What could possibly go wrong? Join in the mayhem in this hilarious picture book from new talent David J Plant.
When this arrived for me to share with my class, I thought it would be a book that they would like. I wasn't wrong.
Roscoe is a raccoon, who is very hungry, he spends most of his time searching for food around the town and is very fed up that he is never getting anything to eat except for the odd few scraps. He is looking thin and is so unhappy, one day he has a great idea - the animals in the zoo get fed all the time, so all Roscoe needs to do is get the zoo keeper to believe he is one of the animals at feeding time.
This is a very funny story about the identities Roscoe takes on throughout the book. The children loved it, they also found the ending very funny. - I won't mention exactly what happens as to not spoil it for you. This does come with a slight message - perseverance.
The book is illustrated beautifully, the text is easy to read - something that slightly older readers could enjoy on their own.
The cover is very sturdy, my only negative and it is mine rather than the children's is that I thought the quality of the paper was not a good as it could have been. Having high quality paper in books in a school for me is key, the books get read a lot and to make sure they last it is important the paper is of good quality so if I would change something it would only be that.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.