Lousy Rotten Stinkin’ Grapes by Margie Palatini and Barry Moser

“Here’s the plan.”…

Sort of like the sly, clever, smart fox (his words, not mine) in this book, I always have a plan. I’m a planner. I change my plans. I amend my plans. I make new plans. But there is always a plan.

The fox is plotting a way  to get some grapes and it’s trickier than expected. Undaunted, the fox keeps making new plans. I like this about him. But he also causes himself all sorts of extra difficulties because he doesn’t listen to the other animals who try to help him out. Never a good thing.

I like to think I make better plans and listen to other people better than the fox does. But John has taken to adding, “voila!… Grapes!” to the ends of my more complex ideas and “No grapes.” when things don’t pan out.

It seems I have a little work to do there, but don’t worry, I have a plan…


Would I recommend it? It’s my current favorite book to read out loud. It’s got phrases that have worked their way into our daily vocabulary. But, I have to tell you, it has a porcupine that claims to be able to shoot it’s quills.

It hurts me to read that to my children. I have to stop and remind them, porcupines don’t shoot their quills.


But, I love the rest of this book so much I’m willing to overlook a quill shooting porcupine, it’s that good.


4 comments on “Lousy Rotten Stinkin’ Grapes by Margie Palatini and Barry Moser

  1. Corky says:

    I think I might have to look for this at the library, thank you. 😉

  2. Dan says:

    I read this review earlier in the week and it has stuck with me. I love your book reviews – they’re so funny and useful😊

    • Jessie says:

      Thanks, that’s so great to hear, since my book reviews aren’t usually like other peoples book reviews I occasionally worry about them. Not that it’s stopped me from writing them the way I do but it’s good to hear that people like them! 🙂

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