The Trial of Cardigan Jones
Egan’s plump animal characters once again assume human postures and emotions. Cardigan, a new moose in town, is accused of stealing a homemade pie from an open window…The ink-and-watercolor illustrations, which feature simple lines and lots of white space, are embellished with raised eyebrows, shifty eyes, and deadpan expressions. Cardigan Jones puts a smile on trial by jury and just might teach young readers a thing or two about jumping to conclusions.
School Library Journal
Egan’s animal characters have offbeat dignity that makes them special and his portrayal of a moose unfairly blamed will hit home with young audiences.
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
This may have some potential as a discussion starter on the idea of “innocent until proven guilty.”