- Age Range: 4 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; First Printing edition (August 30, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0618402373
- ISBN-13: 978-0618402373
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Trial of Cardigan Jones Hardcover – August 30, 2004
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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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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.
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