Catch a Robber by Gloria Repp is the fourth delightful story in this series. Pibbin the tiny frog with the big heart is off on another adventure and this one will take him to Shadow Swamp which is inhabited by very large creatures. But he is loyal to his friends so he will put on a brave face and do whatever is necessary to free Skitter the lizard from the Rabbit’s jail. A necklace has been stolen from Grannie Primrose and the rabbits are sure that Skitter is the thief. Nisk has mended his ways and is helping Pippin and Leeper to hunt for Skitter’s cousin for they believe the cousin is the real thief. With the help of several friends, Pibbin is able to rescue Skitter from the jail and she is taken to Gaffer’s house to recover from her ordeal. When Pibbin goes to visit her he is shocked at her appearance but after drinking water she is much better. Pippin has picked a bouquet of flowers for Skitter but when he goes to take them from his backpack, all he finds are yellow seeds that smell like lemon. Skitter is overjoyed for she had been wanting some Lemon Tickseed and Pibbin has brought her some. She promises him that she will make him some red bug cookies with lemon.
Gloria continues to write an excellent story about the life of a tiny tree frog. In this story we see the animals showing bravery, loyalty, honesty, and great concern for others. All the little characters in the story still seem to have human traits and this adds so much to the story. The dialogue is very well written and it contributes to the human-like qualities of the animals. Some of the little animals have habits that are not desirable but usually they become better by the end of the book. Nisk has definitely become a better squirrel but he still has a problem with his speech. As with the other books, the illustrations are top notch and add a lot to the story and the photos of real frogs at the end of the book are a good addition. This time the cookies are red bug with lemon and with lemon they have to be good. I have a great fear of snakes but in this book the snakes are quite likeable for Gloria gives them such poetic dialogue.
I highly recommend this book for young children and I think it would be a great book for them to read to a younger sibling or to their parents. Even adults will enjoy reading it for themselves.
Thanks to the author, Gloria Repp, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.