Today Marshmallow reviews Hoot by Carl Hiaasen, published first in 2002 and awarded a Newberry Honor in 2003. Sprinkles read the book, too, and is asking questions to Marshmallow and taking notes as they go along.
Sprinkles: So Marshmallow, let us start with an overview of the book. What is the book about?
Marshmallow: It’s about this boy named Roy Eberhardt who has recently moved to Miami, Florida. One day while he is on the school bus, he sees a strange boy running outside without shoes. And the book is about him trying to find out who that boy is.
S: That sounds like the beginning of a good mystery. Would you say this is a mystery story?
M: Yes. It takes a while for Roy to figure out who that boy is and what is going on with him.
S: And then, the book is not yet over, though, right?
M: There is a second mystery in the book. There is a second narrator, besides Roy, who sees some other events happening, and he is also trying to figure out just what is going on. This one is a police officer named David Delinko.
S: And the two events end up being intertwined, right?
M: Yes. And things are tied in and resolved quite well at the end.
S: It sounds like you enjoyed reading this book Marshmallow.
M: Yes, I did. I thought the two mysteries being related was really neat, like a typical Nancy Drew story. Or like in the FunJungle series.
S: And I know you really liked both Nancy Drew stories and all the FunJungle books. So that is a compliment, coming from you!
M: Yes. I especially thought the plot was very interesting.
S: You wanted to add “bullying” to the tags for the post. Why is that?
M: Because there is an older boy at school who bullies Roy, and that is actually why Roy comes to notice the running boy. And then the bullying is related to how things evolve and are resolved, too.
S: The bully gets his comeuppance, right?
M: Yes, but I don’t want to give too much away.
S: I know. Okay, let us not say much more about that then. What else do you want to tell us about this book?
M: When you interview Caramel about books, you ask him for three words to describe the book. So I think three words that could describe this book are animal-friendly, fast-paced, and mystery. Or maybe I’d describe the book as “animal-friendly, fast-paced school mystery”. That’s not three words, but then again, I am not Caramel.
S: That makes sense to me, Marshmallow. And that is a good description of this book. We did not say much about the animal-friendly part but I suppose our readers might guess that from the title.
M: Yes, “hoot” is the sound owls make. So the readers might already guess there will be some owls somewhere.
S: Yes, I think that is quite reasonable. We rabbits may not like owls much, but the owls in this book are cute and lovable. Right?
S: Okay, Marshmallow, I think it is time for us to wrap up this review. What would you rate this book?
M: I’d rate it 95%. It is a good read and the two mysteries keep you wanting to read it fast.