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Amos and Boris (original 1971; edition 1977)

by William Steig

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Title:Amos and Boris
Authors:William Steig
Info:Puffin (1977), Edition: pages Torn, Paperback, 32 pages
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Amos & Boris by William Steig (1971)

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    The Lion & The Mouse by Jerry Pinkney (jrzayaz)
    jrzayaz: A large creature and a small creature able to help each other when it is needed most.
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    The little giant girl and the elf boy by Else Holmelund Minarik (raizel)
    raizel: Creatures from two different worlds of two different sizes become friends, even though they realize that they cannot stay together.
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DEAD INVESTIGATIONS was an engaging mystery told from two different points of view.

Murray is a high school senior who lives in a cemetery and can talk to the dead. He is staying in the equipment shed after leaving the home of his prostitute mother. Murray believes that the dead people he talks to in the cemetery are his only friends but he fears that being able to talk to them means that he is mentally ill. Murry does have a couple of living friends too. Pearl and her father Janochek also live in the cemetery. Janochek is the caretaker.

Deputy Roman Gates is an investigator for the local sheriff's office and is the second viewpoint character. Gates is dealing with a gambling addiction which caused him to be jailed and to lose his job. Now, reinstated but at a lower rank, he is trying to rebuild his life. He is also feeling guilty about the suicide death of his only child.

Gates and Murray met before in a previous case. This time Gates is investigating the disappearances of a number of homeless people from the local area. He is also investigating the disappearance of a young man whose father is the CEO of Trask Engineering.

When Murray begins hearing voices outside the cemetery walls, he first tries to ignore them. He doesn't want any publicity or any more suspicion from the police if he reports more bodies. Pearl wants to investigate though. And finally Janochek convinces Murray to contact Gates.

Lots of action, excitement and danger happen before the case is solved. My one quibble with this mystery is its classification as YA. Since at least half of it is told from the viewpoint of 40-ish Deputy Gates, I wonder if it will appeal to YA readers.

Fans of mysteries and characters with strange powers will find this one entertaining. Fans of the first book will definitely want to read this one to find out what happens in Murray and Pearl's lives. ( )
  kmartin802 | Aug 18, 2015 |
Amos and Boris - William Steig

Response - Amos and Boris, by William Steig, is an artfully written and beautifully illustrated story of an unlikely friendship between a mouse and a whale, and how they can use their differences to help each other. The descriptive language and use of alliteration makes Amos and Boris an excellent storybook to use as an example in a creative writing setting. The personification, figurative language, and natural rise-and-fall of the plot makes Amos and Boris an easy classroom example for many parts of literary elements. I personally loved the captivating illustrations and the adorable storyline between these unlikely friends helping each other survive. I also loved the humorous pieces the author weaves into the storyline of Amos and Boris. ( )
  kconnolly14 | Jul 22, 2015 |
National Book Award Finalist. Great examples of interesting diction and syntax.
  CindyMcClain | Jul 15, 2015 |
Amos, a mouse and Boris, a whale from an unlikely friendship. Amos gets stranded at sea and Boris kindly comes along to help Amos. On their way to return Amos home the two become close friends both realizing the limitations of their friendship. Once back to Amos's home the two part friends with Amos offering help if Boris ever needs it. Boris does not see how this could ever be possible and the two part ways. One day as a result of a big storm Boris end up beached on the same beach Amos lives on and resourcefully Amos is able to repay his friend. It is heart warming and engaging story. There is foreshadowing and it might be good to use with having students make predictions.
  lpierson14 | Feb 21, 2015 |
Amos the mouse and Boris the whale: a devoted pair of friends with nothing at all in common, except good hearts and a willingness to help their fellow mammal. They meet after Amos sets out to sail the sea and finds himself in extreme need of rescue. And there will come a day, long after Boris has gone back to a life at sea and Amos has gone back to life on dry land, when the tiny mouse must find a way to rescue the great whale.

Amos & Boris is a 1971 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year, Notable Children's Book of the Year, and Outstanding Book of the Year.
  Vanessamom25 | Jan 17, 2014 |
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Amos the mouse and Boris the whale: a devoted pair of friends with nothing at all in common, except good hearts and a willingness to help their fellow mammal. They meet after Amos sets out to sea in his homemade boat, the Rodent, and soon finds himself in extreme need of rescue. Enter Boris. But there will come a day, long after Boris has gone back to a life of whaling about and Amos has gone back to his life of mousing around, when the tiny mouse must find a way to rescue the great whale.

The tender yet comical story of this friendship is recorded in text and pictures that are a model of rich simplicity. Here, with apparent ease and concealed virtuosity, Caldecott medalist William Steig brings two winning heroes to life.

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Befriended by a whale as he is drowning in the ocean, a mouse gets a chance to reciprocate years later in an equally unlikely situation.

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