On the second anniversary of the launch of the book bunnies blog (check out our Hello World post for memories!), Caramel is ready to share with our readers his thoughts on Poppy, the first book in the Tales from Dimwood Forest series by Avi. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, this is your first review for 2021. And you picked Poppy for it. Why?
Caramel: Because it is the first book I read this year. I think.
S: Can you tell us a bit what this book is about?
C: It is about Poppy, as you can tell from the title. Poppy is a deer mouse. She lives with her big family (with about two hundred other deer mice) in the Gray House. The Gray House is a big old house, abandoned by its owner who was a farmer.
S: So is the story mainly about Poppy and her family?
C: No, but it is mostly about her and her adventures.
S: You had reviewed another book in this series before: Ragweed. Though it was written after this one, in terms of the story timeline, it is supposed to have happened before. But that was all about Ragweed and his adventures; Poppy was not in that book at all.
C: That is true. Ragweed met Poppy in the second book, Ragweed and Poppy, which we did not review because I read it on the Kindle.
S: Yes, I read that book too. Ragweed tried to save Poppy from a trap in that book. Do we see Ragweed in Poppy as well?
C: Only in the first chapter because he gets … oops, sorry, I should not spoil the plot.
S: Hmm, now I am curious. I might have to read this book.
C: That’s the point. You should read it. It’s a good book. All except the part where Ragweed gets … oops, sorry.
S: Okay, let us move away from the Ragweed topic. Tell me more about Poppy then.
C: The mouse or the book?
S: The mouse.
C: She goes on an adventure and gets into a lot of trouble.
S: That sounds like an exciting read. In fact I remember you not wanting to turn out the lights last night so you could read more.
C: Yeah. I picked up the book and had to finish it. But you made me go to sleep so I woke up in the morning and first thing, I got reading and finished it.
S: So what are three words that you can use to describe the book?
C: Fun, adventurous, cliffhangers.
S: That is funny! In your review of Ragweed, you had also picked similar words: “Adventure, danger, cliffhangers”.
C: I think we can use those same words here too.
S: So what is next? Will you read the next book in the series?
C: Yes. And I will probably review it for the blog. But I can’t believe Ragweed got … oops…
S: Okay, maybe we should end this review before you spill the beans. What do you want to say to our readers?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!