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The Trial of Cardigan Jones Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 30, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (August 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618402373
  • ASIN: B005OHYDTS
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 10.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,906,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3–Egan's plump animal characters once again assume human postures and emotions. Cardigan, a new moose in town, is accused of stealing a homemade pie from an open window. It's not a fresh concept, but it's handled here in a judiciously delicious way. Witness after witness places him at the scene. Fortunately, the judge (a hippo in robe and wig) is observant and despite the jeers of the crowd and jury, he suggests that the evidence is circumstantial. Cardigan admits to taking a whiff of the pie but proffers his innocence. Meanwhile, he continually knocks things over with his antlers, toppling courtroom statuary, the flag, and, finally, the judge himself. It doesn't take Solomon to figure out what happened: the whole gang troops back to the open window where pieces of apple pie are splayed out over the shrubbery. "It didn't smell very good any more." Some of the animals in the scene are holding their noses, typical of the way that Egan's clever artwork sneaks up and helps drive the plot. The ink-and-watercolor illustrations, which feature simple lines and lots of white space, are embellished with raised eyebrows, shifty eyes, and deadpan expressions. Cardigan Jones puts a smile on trial by jury and just might teach young readers a thing or two about jumping to conclusions.–Harriett Fargnoli, Great Neck Library, NY
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Egan's animal characters have offbeat dignity that makes them special and his portrayal of a moose unfairly blamed will hit home with young audiences.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

...This may have some potential as a discussion starter on the idea of "innocent until proven guilty." Kirkus Reviews

Cardigan Jones puts a smile on trial by jury and just might teach young readers ... about jumping to conclusions.
School Library Journal

Grown-ups may detect a "Law and Order" spoof at work, but youngsters should find much food for thought.
Publishers Weekly

More About the Author

Tim Egan is the author and illustrator of several offbeat and humorous tales for children. Born in New Jersey, Tim moved to California to attend the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He still lives in southern California with his wife, Ann, and their two sons.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Foghlaimeoir on May 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When I saw the cover, I laughed. I had to read the book. As a reader, I recognized the truth of the story and appreciated the spare, simple way it is told. I greatly enjoyed the very funny illustrations, and the characters themselves. I'd recommend the book as an outstanding gift to a K-3 child, but also to the grownup reading to that child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen on October 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Another of Tim Egan's simple stories that nonetheless get the point across; never assume. We all feel for the unjustly accused Cardigan, and rejoice that he is being tried by a wise judge in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. My students and I love Tim's work, and this was another winner.
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