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A Mouse Thief Lives By a Sensible to Getting Away With it Code, Then Gets Greedy
Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2020
On the positive side of things Zachary and the Great Potato Catastrophe has been formatted to be read in landscape mode (holding your device horizontally), where it takes up the entire width of the screen . Words and pictures display together on the screen like a traditional picture book open to two pages (or one long page). A lot of self published Kindle authors can't be bothered to format their work and it displays like a mess with bits of text on one page and an image on a small part of the screen on another, so I always like to take the time to point out when authors care about their reader's experience and their own work enough to take the time to format it.
The story is okay. The word chum is constantly used to refer to friend's. How old is the author? Who uses chum under 80? I liked how the mouse was smart enough to only steal one thing each day so as not be noticed. Although stealing is wrong, it is what scavengers such as rodents do so I think it's acceptable in this case. Although it briefly looked like going there, maybe having a bakery employee sacked for the mouse's theft may have been a good lesson for kids on consequences for others of crimes like theft. You might get away with it but doesn't mean someone else might won't get punished for your crime.
But then there's a side issue, not sharing with friends, which just flips at the end with no reason to the rat is sharing with them when not sharing with friends had no bearing on the events unfolding in the bakery. I also wondered why the human wouldn't notice his potatoes being stolen for however number of days the potato stockpile took to grow and the sack to empty, let alone the potatoes to turn green and then sprout.