This week Caramel wanted to talk about Ragweed, a book by Avi. As usual Sprinkles is asking questions and taking notes.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, this book seems to be a new favorite for you?
S: What is it about?
C: It’s about Ragweed, a mouse who leaves his home to explore the world.
S: That sounds interesting! And kind of like Ralph, in The Mouse and the Motorcycle.
C: Yes. But Ralph lived in a hotel and Ragweed lives next to a brook.
S: I see. So Ragweed decides to leave his home and travel. Where does he go?
C: He goes to Amperville, I believe. He gets on a train and gets off in a small town named Amperville. Amperville has a part called Mouse Town because that is where the mice live.
S: That sounds good. So Ragweed meets a lot of new mice in this town, right?
C: Yes. One of them is named Clutch.
S: Do you know what clutch means?
S: Wikipedia tells us that it is a mechanical device connecting and disconnecting parts of a car engine. Did you notice that almost all the Amperville mice in the book had names that were related to cars?
C: Yes. And there is a mouse band called the B-Flat Tires. That’s also about cars.
C: I think the reason is that they all live in cars.
S: And Ragweed on the other hand is a natural thing, it’s a type of plant, right? Not a car. So from their names you can tell …
C: where they are from! The mayor of Mouse Town is named Radiator for example. Cliutch’s mom is Foglight and her dad is Windshield. And then there is Blinker. I don’t think that is about cars.
S: But look, Wikipedia shows us there are also car blinkers! So even Blinker’s name is related to cars!
C: Yes, that’s interesting!
S: Did you know that Ragweed is part of a series of books but it is not the first book Avi wrote in that series?
S: Yes, apparently Avi, the author, first wrote a book named Poppy, about a mouse named Poppy. And then he wrote Ragweed as a prequel. Do you know what’s a prequel?
C: A book that comes before another?
S: Right. So there is apparently a Ragweed in Poppy, and the author wanted to tell his backstory. So I guess you should eventually read that Poppy book as well.
C: I might read it next then.
S: That sounds good to me.
S: What else do you want to tell our readers about this book?
C: Can I rate it then?
S: Yes, give me three words that describe the book.
C: Adventure, danger, cliffhangers.
S: What do you mean by cliffhangers?
C: Well, it ends in a cliffhanger. Sort of.
S: I guess you will just have to read Poppy then.
S: Then let us wrap this up so you can get started. What are your last words for this review Caramel?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunnies reviews!