Three Terrible Trins
Illustrated by Mark Teague
Dell Yearling, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, 1994, 2000
This story is a very funny take on mouse-revenge towards cats. Mrs. Gray, an Attic Mouse, is widowed again; her husband, Mr. Gray has recently been eaten by a big black cat named Bertha. She has decided to raise her recent brood, triplets, or trins as she calls them (like twins only there are 3) to mete out revenge on the cats. First the trins successfully get rid of the big white cat name Wallace by a couple of very cruel (alright, funny) jokes on him. Then they set out for Bertha. Unfortunately, (or fortunately depending on if you are a cat or a mouse) the successfully got rid of her, too. Bad (or, good) mice!!
It’s a horrible (very funny) book and I really wanted to give it a NO PAWS rating because of extreme cruelty (mildly mean) to the cats by the mice; but mom said ‘no’ – because it is a good natured book, has a great story, and it is really funny (I don’t agree!) Older kittens will enjoy reading it by themselves but it would be a good Storytime book to be read to the youngest ones.
Rating: we are compromising because of the tricks played on the cats and the mice are (not) really funny.
Reviewer: BobbieSue (and mom)
We read this book as a part of the Summer Reading Challenge, 2016
Topic: Read a book with a Number in the Title.
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