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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
Beamer and his mother shop for a birthday gift for Beamer’s father and, being the impulsive child that he is, Beamer is anxious to enlighten his father. He is stumped, though, when his mother abruptly tells him not to “let the cat out of the bag.” This totally confuses Beamer because the new razor purchased as a gift had nothing to do with cats or bags. In an effort to explain this strange “adult” version of the English language, Beamer devises a tale of the magical Kingdom of Mousealot in which the mouse king is abducted by the evil Meowzer. The mice of the kingdom are not happy with the overthrow of their kingdom. They agree to follow their comrade Monterey Jack in the capture of Meowzer to free their king and retain control of their kingdom. With the capture of Meowzer, the mice agree to never “let the cat out of the bag.”
Don't Let the Cat Out of the Bag in The Leave It to Beamer series, written and illustrated by Clay Boura, is a delightfully creative explanation of the frightful confusion of our English language. Idioms such as “don’t let the cat out of the bag,” “go out on a limb,” “leave you in stitches,” and “head over heels” are more properly illustrated by Beamer’s “off the top of his head” narratives. As a former English teacher, this reviewer is well aware of the unfairness of the conformities of our language. Idioms can be fun, though, if presented in a creative manner as Clay Boura has proven.