What a great new duo! This four-chapter book introduces kids to Cork (a muskrat) and Fuzz (an opossum). As with any new friends who have just met, the two begin to learn things about each other -- what they like to eat, and whether or not they like to be in water. Once they've compared a few differences, it's time for fun. Should they play hide-and-seek or find-and-eat? How about pin-the-tail-on-the-turtle? And just what is Fuzz hiding under the pointed leaf? Before the book is over, they discover that they have at least one common interest. That's all their friendship needs to keep it going.
Lisa McCue's illustrations are wonderful and perfectly fit the playful mood of the storyline. Her depictions are reminiscent of the classics done by Garth Williams, as two-dimensional animal fur looks soft enough to touch. And author Dori Chaconas has thoughtfully chosen two main character critters that many people cannot tell apart. Therein lies the teachable moment.
Here's hoping for much success as this episode launches a new series. Cork and Fuzz deserve to share many future adventures together!