Ruth Horowitz has written many books for young children, including Crab Moon.
Joan Holub has written and/or illustrated many books for young readers, including The Garden that We Grew and The Pizza that We Made.
K-Gr 3-When mom's giant cockroach, Max, escapes from his glass cage just before an important ceremony at the lab where she works, the young narrator and his brother find the bug but just can't catch him. Help comes from a woman with an unusual talent, resulting in a story that's as surprising as it is amusing. The text, written with a clever mix of sight and easy-to-sound-out words, reads less like a beginning reader and more like a real chapter book. There is a plot, a problem, and a solution, with real children who don't always follow the rules, a loving mother, and a great conclusion. Even the illustrations, with their rounded lines in shades of blue and yellow, have a warm, fuzzy, feel-good look to them. A book in which everything is just right.-Leslie S. Hilverding, Schuster Elementary School, El Paso, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.