The Wall in the Middle of the Book

by Jon Agee

A little knight on the left-hand side of the brick wall running down the exact center... read more

A little knight on the left-hand side of the brick wall running down the exact center of this book explains that his side of the wall is completely safe as he scales a ladder to repair a broken brick near the top. The other side, he notes, is filled with danger. And indeed, a rhino, a tiger, and a gorilla are on the other side of the wall. But they don’t look particularly scary. In fact, they are all frightened by a mouse. Even the ogre who enters the scene from stage right appears to be friendly (and turns out to be altruistic). Meanwhile, unbeknownst to the knight, there are all sorts of dangers creeping up behind him on his side of the wall: a crocodile, predatory fish, and quickly rising water. But he’s too obsessed with the perceived danger on the other side to notice. A clever design and funny storyline combine to serve as a parable about fear of the unknown. (Ages 3–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2019

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