Fergus and Zeke and the Field Day Challenge by Kate Messner

Fergus and Zeke and the Field Day Challenge

Kate Messner, Author

Heather Ross, Illustrator

Candlewick Press, Fiction, Apr. 14, 2020

Pages: 51

Suitable for Ages: 5-8

Themes: Classroom pets, Mice, School, Field Day, Competition

Opening: Fergus and Zeke always had fun in Miss Maxwell’s room. They did everything the children did.

Book Jacket Synopsis:

Fergus and Zeke love being the class pets in Miss Maxwell’s classroom. From science experiments to art projects, they do everything the students do. But on Field Day, none of the events are the right size for the small mice — the limbo is too easy, the high jump is too hard, and kickball is absolutely terrifying! So Fergus and Zeke create their own Field Day Challenge, with mouse-size tug-of-war, acorn throwing, and Hula-Hooping.

After all the fun and exercise, it’s time to go back to the classroom — but Fergus and Zeke are locked out! Will they be able to use their new skills to get inside in time for ice pops?

Why I like this book:

Best friends, Fergus and Zeke, are back for another adventure that is packed with humor and a lot mouse power. This is Kate Messner’s third book in her fun-loving Fergus and Zeke chapter book series for children who are learning to read on their own.

Kids will enjoy the suspense of these miniature-sized atheletes who can’t wait for Field Day. And despite their size, they are determined to compete with their classmates and find a creative way to to keep up with the class races. They may not be able to scramble beneath the teacher’s big parachute, so they create their own by using a recycled plastic grocery bag.

There are four chapters in the book with happy, expressive and colorful illustrations on each page — good for a lot of giggles. Make sure you check out the first two books, Fergus and Zeke and Fergus and Zeke at the Science Fair.

Kate Messner is passionately curious and writes books for kids who wonder, too. A former teacher, she has written more than thirty picture books, chapter books, and novels for young readers. She lives on Lake Champlain with her family.

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*Review copy provided by the publisher in an exchange for a review.

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23 thoughts on “Fergus and Zeke and the Field Day Challenge by Kate Messner

    • Yes, I like giggles. Kate Messner writes perfect books for all age groups. I have another 4 early reader books from prominent authors to share that are such fun. So watch for my releases. These are prefect for my 6 year old great grandson!

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    • Kate Messner writes such fun stories for children. I’d read this with him first and see how he does. I have four more books from noted authors similar to this one — and silly and fun!


  1. This sounds like such a fun story! I haven’t seen many books set on field day, either, which makes this one unique. Thanks for the great review!

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  2. This sounds like a fun learn-to-read story. I’ll try to remember it when my nephew gets a little older. Thanks!


  3. The names Fergus and Zeke already alert readers of fun tale (tail?). The cover helps out, too. Kids need a positive experience when delving into harder books and this one would do the trick. Thanks for featuring on MMGM.

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    • Duh, why didn’t I pick up on the wordplay (tail)?? The book is a perfect transition book and a lot of fun! I have four more books to share from well-known authors that I will share throughout the summer that are just plain silly and perfect for the age group.


  4. These two characters sound absolutely adorable and filled with fun ideas. Mom always had lots of pets in her classroom when she was a teacher. But not mice. Mice were in the classroom down the hall from her. They were NOT pets. GAH!!

    Love and licks,

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