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Greed is NOT Good
Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2020
This is a fun and silly book that still manages to have a nice lesson. Zachary is a rat that lives under a bakeshop. He prides himself on stealing just one baked good a day and hoarding it beneath the floorboards. He won't share it with his friends when they ask. One day, a bag of potatoes shows up. Zachary tries them and starts hoarding them. Figuring that the baker won't notice missing potatoes, he gets greedy but still doesn't share. One of his friends tries to convince him that the potatoes will turn green and sprout, but Zachary believes that potatoes will last forever. Even though Zachary eats away at his stash, the potatoes do eventually go bad. The bakeshop owner realizes his potatoes are missing and finds them beneath the floorboards. He is none too pleased, so Zachary escapes. He finds a new home underneath a brewery that has spent grains. His friends from the bakeshop join him there. (You can tell they are from there as they have the same colors as the rats at the bakeshop.) There is plenty of spent grain to share, and he has a much more fun time when sharing with his friends.
The story is told in four-line stanzas where the 2nd and 4th line rhyme. It didn't always scan perfectly in that sing-song way I like for children's books, but it was okay. I like the illustrations. They are simple with a light and clean color palette but still give a good sense of what is going on. By the way, the bakeshop owner is a little menacing toward the rat, but we see it in shadow; it could disturb some small children.