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Maude the Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton    by Lauren Child & Trisha Krauss order for
Maude the Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton
by Lauren Child
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2013 (2013)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

My name is Maude. You probably know that already if you looked at the title of this picture book. I live in a family where everyone tries really hard to be noticed. I mean really noticed!

My mother makes a big, bold statement with the flamboyant hats she wears that just shout, 'Hey look at me!' My dad has a moustache that is so long and twirly that butterflies like to perch on it. His moustache just shouts, 'Can you top this?'

Then there are my brothers and sisters. You don't even want to know how they attract attention. I seem to be the family oddball. Why? Because I don't make a spectacle of myself. On the contrary, I usually just try to blend into my surroundings. Why, when I was in the school play I was so inconspicuous that everyone thought I was part of the scenery.

You are probably wondering what my story is all about. Well if you keep reading you'll discover halfway through my book that I received a very special birthday gift one day. I wanted a goldfish but my family gave me a tiger. They thought that when I took my new pet for a walk everyone would look at me since he was such an eye-catching creature.

The tiger did attract a lot of strange looks, but suddenly one day we ran out of tiger food and ... well, let's just say things suddenly got very interesting at out house!

Some people call my story a cautionary tale because of what happened next. I'll let you read all about it but, as you'll see, sometimes blending in comes in rather handy! If you are a person who craves attention, you might want to read my story very carefully!

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