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Slim and Jim Hardcover – May 14, 2002

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From Publishers Weekly

In a derelict city inhabited by animals, homeless young rat Slim befriends privileged mouse Jim in this uplifting tale of an unlikely pair. They meet when a pirate-like cat bullies Slim into burglarizing an apartment. Jim interrupts the robbery, and Slim saves Jim's life. Afterward, these rodents from opposite sides of the tracks discover a shared passion for yo-yo tricks, like a triple around-the-world super-loop combo... a crazy cradle, a barrel roll, and a flying saucer. Slim moves into Jim's family's home, despite interspecies mistrust and the tomcat's attempt to lure Slim back into the underworld. By this account of social difference, Slim's always a suspect and Jim's always a peach, although readers are assured otherwise (Now you and I know that Jim was right and Slim intended to go back home, rather than steal from Jim's family). Egielski (Three Magic Balls) fashions an eerily magnetic world, a cross between Dickens's down-and-out London, the melting-pot-era Lower East Side and a contemporary dystopia. A palette of antique honey-browns and warm charcoal-grays creates a nostalgic atmosphere, yet the pictured frogs, pigeons and other creatures drive small cars. Indecipherable shop signs, lettered in a swirling script, suggest an alien language, but a flashy yo-yo plays the Beatles' Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da. With its oddball characters and anachronistic allusions to pop culture, Egielski's weird yet welcoming animal realm recalls those created by Art Spiegelman and Tim Egan. Ages 3-7.
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Kindergarten-Grade 3-Slim the rat and Jim the mouse become friends when Slim saves Jim after the two are chased by Buster, a mean, one-eyed, thieving cat. With clever text and delightful dialogue, this story of yo-yo wielding rodents and a Faganesque feline is pure Egielski: funny, poignant, and told with a wink. When Jim brings Slim to live in his home, allowing him to escape the life of crime that Buster is trying to force him into, the two form a deep and abiding bond. Their escapades continue when Slim disappears (once again caught by the evil cat) and this time Jim saves him by using his impressive yo-yo skills. After a stint in jail, Buster moves to France and the mouse and rat travel around the world with their yo-yo show, remaining "the very best of friends." The full-page, framed illustrations are rendered in Egielski's unique style with lots of browns, tans, and reds and are a perfect accompaniment to the story. This charming tale about an irresistible duo will be a favorite.
Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 290L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (May 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060283521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060283520
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,133,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 18, 2003
Format: Library Binding
I think that Slim & Jim, written and illustrated by Richard Egielski, is a great book because it talks about a special friendship. Even though it is about a mouse and a rat, it teaches about stopping people from acting in the same way, for instance like white people acted against black people. It is about a rat named Slim who saves a mouse named Jim. Jim falls into the water, and Slim saves his life. The mice don't like the rats in this book, but Jim ignores what others say about Slim because the others don't know Slim well enough to judge him. Jim and Slim become friends for life, and that changes what the other mice think about Slim. I think this is a good book because it tells you that "You shouldn't judge people before you get to know them." I think the illustrations are great, too! I think everyone would be interested in Slim & Jim.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a reading mom on July 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My preschoolers have been asking me to read this multiple times every day since we took it out of the library a week ago. They are captivated by the story, as Slim and Jim encounter danger and manage to escape unscathed. They adore poring over the pages, pointing out the "silly" animals and other details in the warmly drawn pictures evoking the era of Dickens. A well-written book, and one I don't mind reading so often to them!
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