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The Daring Escape of The Misfit Menagerie
by Jacqueline Resnick

Four animals must find their ticket out of the circus. 

Smalls the sun bear, Tilda the Angora rabbit, Rigby the Komondor dog, and Wombat the wombat are the four animals that make up “the misfit menagerie.”

Together they’ve always lived a happy life on Mr. Mumford’s farm. That is, until one fateful evening when Mumford, loopy from elderberry wine, accidentally loses them to the dastardly circus owner Grande Master Claude. Suddenly, these animals are forced to perform death-defying tricks and live in filthy, cramped cages as members of Claude’s traveling circus. But all hope is not lost! Claude’s nephew Bertie and his friend Susan, a circus acrobat, are equally fed up with Claude’s evil ways. Together, will they have what it takes to find their ticket out of the circus?

The Daring Escape of the Misfit Menagerie was named a “Best Book of the Month” by Amazon, and was chosen by The Washington Post as part of their KidsPost Book Club


A Valiant Quest For The Misfit Menagerie
by Jacqueline Resnick

Trapped in a toy store?
Sounds like a mission for four furry friends.

Bertie, Susan, and the Misfit Menagerie—Smalls the sun bear, Rigby the Komondor dog, and Wombat the wombat—are lucky that they’re together. But they’re missing someone important: Tilda the Angora rabbit, the fourth member of the Misfit Menagerie, is being held captive at Toddle’s Toy Emporium, a massive toy store more impressive than even F.A.O. Schwarz.

Now Bertie, Smalls, and the gang—including a sword-wielding hedgehog named Alfie—must embark on a quest to rescue their kidnapped friend, braving the mean streets of Hollyhoo City and the bratty Chrysantheum Toddle. It’s a journey that will take them over an actual clay rainbow, force them to hide among stuffed animals in a life-like jungle, and lead them to soar above the ground in a hot-air balloon—all big tasks for animals who only recently saw that there was a world outside of Mr. Mumford’s farm. Will they be valiant enough to reunite the menagerie and find themselves a new home?


Praise for the Misfit Menagerie

“I forgot about the real world when I got caught up in the charming world of the Most Magnificent Circus.” —Dan Gutman, New York Times bestselling author of The Genius Files

“A wild and wonderful circus ride. . . . I took to The Daring Escape of the Misfit Menagerie like a bear to honey. Young readers will eat it up!” —Tor Seidler, author of The Wainscott Weasel, an ALA Notable Book; Mean Margaret, a finalist for the National Book Award; and more

“With a cruel guardian worthy of Rowling, Snicket, or Dahl, and animal friends as endearing as E.B. White’s, Resnick’s debut melted my heart.” —Suzanne LaFleur, author of Eight Keys and Love, Aubrey

“A heartwarming, old-fashioned tale full of charm and daring friendships.” —Library Media Connection

“Resnick’s warmhearted debut . . . sets a lively pace and draws tender characterizations.”Publishers Weekly

“The distinctive and engaging animal characters will draw readers in and have them rooting for a succesful escape from the awful circus.”Booklist

“A good old-fashioned story.”Kirkus Reviews


Teachers & Librarians:

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Fun Facts from The Misfit Menagerie


Smalls’s Four
Favorite Foods:

1. Warmed honey
2. Sweet honey
3. Gooey honey
4. Any honey at all


Rigby’s Top 5 Colors

1. Fuchsia
2. Aquamarine
3. Ruby red
4. Persimmon
5. Hunter green


Wombat’s All-Time
Favorite Words

1. Ominous
2. Persnickety
3. je ne sais quoi
4. Serendipity
5. Prestigious

Tilda’s 16-Step
Grooming Process

1. Shake out fur
2. Remove specks of dirt
3. Pick& apart strands of clumped fur
4. Straighten red bow
5. Comb through tangles
6. Lick paws until sparkling
7. Buff paws until glowing
8. Smooth ears
9. Straighten ears
10. Plump up ears
11. Fluff tail
12. Shine tail
13. Sharpen nails
14. Polish nails
15. Gloss nose
16. Final fur fluffing