Gertrude and Toby's Friday Adventure by Shari Tharp
Published on December 5, 2015.
Gertrude the goat and her best friend Toby the tortoise are adventurers. No sitting around on the boring farm for them! They love to explore, and every Friday they sneak off the farm for some extra fun. One Friday, Gertrude and Toby decide to visit the local candy store in town. They discover yummy goodies and treats, but soon find that the treats are not free!? Uh oh! The market owner grabs Toby. He demands money for the candy that Gertrude and Toby have taken by mistake. Gertrude must find a way to save her friend and get back home before Farmer Sam returns.
The first in a series, this book tells of an adventure that Toby (a turtle) and Gertrude (a goat) have on a Friday when Farmer Sam is away from the farm. They take a walk to the Hay Bale Market to get some candy. On their way there they pass many familiar fairy tale characters - Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and the Beanstalk), a Frog Princess, and the Gingerbread Man. When Toby gets into some trouble at the market, Gertrude will need these other characters to help save the day.
It's a wild tale that children will likely think is fun. This book is a little longer than a typical picture book, but it isn't set up as a chapter book. There are plenty of pictures, so the next isn't too long. It's good for ages 4-8.
My Rating: 3 Stars
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