Caramel has enjoyed reading the adventures of animals living in and around Dimwood Forest. And he has already reviewed Ragweed, Poppy, and Poppy and Rye for the book bunnies blog. Today he reviews Ereth’s Birthday, the next book in this series by Avi. As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, tell us about this book.
Caramel: This book is about Ereth, who is a porcupine. Poppy met him in the book Poppy. But we met him before that, in Ragweed and Poppy.
S: I remember Ereth. He is a bit grumpy, right?
C: Yes, maybe more than a little.
S: So tell me more. What happens in the book?
C: The book starts on Ereth’s birthday. And he thinks that his best friend, that is Poppy the mouse, and her husband, that is Rye, forgot about him.
S: That must make him even grumpier then.
C: Yes. He kind of likes Poppy, too, so…
S: Yes, I remember that too. Ereth is rather fond of Poppy, and is very sensitive, too, but he won’t admit it.
C: Yes. Pretty much.
S: So I read all the books from this series before this one. Should I read this too?
C: Yes! You should!
C: Because it is a very good book. I like the plot. I also like Ereth a lot. He is funny.
S: Are there new characters in this one?
C: Yes, there are some different characters. Poppy and Rye have children, and they show up. And there is also Marty the Fisher.
S: Do you know what a fisher is?
C: Not really, but it must be an animal that can hurt porcupines.
S: Oo, so Ereth has an enemy?
C: Sort of, but he doesn’t really know it.
S: Hmm, that sounds interesting. By the way apparently a fisher is a carnivorous animal that lives in forests.
C: Are they going extinct?
S: Wikipedia seems to say no.
C: Marty the Fisher said that people hunted them down.
S: Yes, Wikipedia says people liked their fur. But apparently though they lost a lot of their habitat in recent times, they are not in danger of going extinct.
C: Phew! That’s good.
S: Did you know that this was Avi’s favorite among the Poppy books? He wrote that this has the most autobiographical content and that Ereth becoming a reluctant step-father is similar to himself being a step-father.
C: I didn’t know that!
S: I didn’t, either. But tell me more about this step-parenting.
C: Ereth has to take care of three kits.
S: What’s a kit?
C: A kit is a young fox.
S: So how does Ereth take these three foxes under his care?
C: He meets their mother, she is caught in a trap, and she asks him to take care of her three kits. And Ereth promises to do it.
S: And he keeps his promise?
S: This is sounding more and more interesting as you reveal more. I might have to read it after all…
C: In fact you should! And you shall!
S: Okay, okay, don’t push now. Let us wrap up the review then so you can give the book to me. What are your three words for the book?
C: Awesome, interesting, good characters.
S: Hmm, that might work. I have a feeling it is also a sweet story. Would you say so?
C: Yes, I guess so.
S: Alright, let us close up then so I can get reading. What do you say to our readers?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!