Deep in the northwest territ’ry,
Where the woods look down on the western
And the trappers trap so merrily
For the streams are oh so beavery-y . . .
This giggle-inducing stanza starts off a story that is sure to have both parents and kids laughing with delight, as 47 beavers outwit egotistical trapper Stu and, working together, make a hilarious (and ultimately successful!) break for freedom.
Jared Chapman’s striking illustrations are of a squared-off, exaggerated style that will be familiar to many children from modern cartoons, and bear the humour of the book right through into the pictures.
Phil Vischer’s rhyme scheme can be a little bit complicated, but its cadences are reliably regular once you get into the swing of things, and the language of the story—words like “debated,” “developed,” and “scheming”—is fantastic.