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Never Tease a Weasel    by Jean Conder Soule & George Booth order for
Never Tease a Weasel
by Jean Conder Soule
Order:  USA  Can
Random House, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Jean Conder Soule advises just how far kids can go in pestering various critters ... 'You can knit a kitten mittens / And perhaps that cat would purr ...', ending with the sage warning, 'But never tease a weasel; / This is very good advice. / A weasel will not like it - / And teasing / isn't / nice!'

There are socks on a fox, a coat on a goat, a wig for a pig, a rabbit in a riding habit, a house for a mouse, gloves for a dove, a pool for a mule, a dish for a fish, a cake for a drake, juice for a moose - all followed by variations on the rousing refrain, 'But never tease a weasel ... A weasel will not like it - / And teasing / isn't / nice!'

George Booth's funny, edgy illustrations do a great job of showing a boy and girl up to mischief, and how put upon all the poor animals feel. And all this zany play with animals and on words ends calmly, 'It's more fun to please a weasel / And be friends with him instead.' Kids will enjoy the mischief and silliness, and repeatedly yelling out the refrain.

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