Edgar and the Tattle-Tale Heart
Sequel to Edgar Gets Ready For Bed
Written by Jennifer Adams
Illustrated by Ron Stucki
Gibbs Smith 9/20/2014
32 pages Age 4 to 8
“Edgar is dreadfully nervous.. The rambunctious raven knocked over his mother’s prized stone sculpture. But even the influence of his sister, Lenore, threatening to tattle can’t keep Edgar from trying to hide his misdeed.”
Mom leaves her two little ravens alone for a short while with paper and crayons to occupy them. Little boys being little boys, Edgar—inspired by The Raven— decides to make paper airplanes and throws them at Lenore. Lenore hides. Edgar runs after her with another plane, knocks into a table, and accidentally breaking a statue.
“Look what you did! I’m telling mom when she gets home.”
Sisters can be such difficult creatures. Edgar, hoping mom won’t notice, tries to hide the broken piece. A little mouse suggests under a floorboard and then in a drawer. Finally, while hearing Lenore repeat her I’m-going-to-tell mantra, Edgar and the mouse try to fix the statue—as its eyes look fearfully at the mouse’s offering of tape.
The illustrations, are black and white with red highlights and light purple backgrounds. This gives the feeling one is peaking in on the raven’s home as the scenes unfold. The story, based on Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart, uses a statue—head bust—of Poe, who watches over the children, his eyes darting here and there, providing additional humor for those that notice. The illustrations are very good, though near the end, when the ravens speak their mouths no longer open as they do earlier. Certainly only a small detail and one children may not notice.
When mom returns, Lenore is ready to tell on Edgar, who, with the helpful mouse, has been pacing ever since “fixing” the statue of Poe. Mom stops Lenore short, admonishing her not to tattle. She asks Edgar,
“Edgar, do you have something to tell me?”
Edgar tearfully apologizes. Mom reminds the young raven how much she loves him; a sweet ending to a typical brother-sister afternoon. Children will laugh at the two ravens, while parents will immediately recognize the tattle-tell from their own lives or that of their children. Edgar and the Tattle-Tale Heart is a beautifully illustrated story told succinctly in dialogue. It should be another hit in Gibbs Smith’s line of literary-based BabyLit® children’s books. (BabyLit® First Step book)
EDGAR AND THE TATTLE-TALE HEART. Text copyright © 2014 by Jennifer Adams. Illustrations copyright © 2014 by Ron Stucki. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Gibbs Smith, UT.
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Edgar Gets Ready for Bed: A BabyLit® First Steps Picture book
Copyright © 2015 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews
I love Poe’s work, so I should get this! It sounds like a cute parody twist thingy! XD
A “parody twisty thingy?” Hm. not sure what to imagine. Well, as long as you enjoy twisty-thingies all is right with the world. Parody Twisty-Thingy. 🙂
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Ravens are fascinating birds! Did you know that the government once tried to train them to be covert spies? I digress. Love the narration and the sweet illustrations and of course, your review, Sue.
Really? Was that the US, UK, or Australian government? During which war? How interesting.
Would I kid you? I had a conversation with a woman whose uncle was involved with the training program. She said that he got to a point that he refused to be a part of it. One can only speculate as to why. I had to google it to find out more. I found this article, among others: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-cias-most-highly-trained-spies-werent-even-human-20149/?no-ist
Wow! I’ll be . . . darned. Thanks for the article.
These ravens look so cute, even though ravens aren’t typically “cute” lol Just goes to show you! And I could swear I’ve seen this raven before. Do you know if there was another book before this one, Sue? I’ll be keeping my eye out for this one 🙂
I don’t know if I should say, my dear loyal reader! 🙂 The first book in the series is listed above along with a thumbnail of the cover. Enjoy.
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sigh I miss so much! Yes, he DID get ready for bed 🙂 NOW I remember it lol
HA HA 🙂
Sue, I am already a huge fan of Poe and the Raven. I’m looking forward to reading Edgar and the Tattle-Tale Heart. Sounds very cute.
It is cute, especially if you have two little darlings that love to tattle on one another. 🙂
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