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Poppy and Rye (Tales from Dimwood Forest) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-27 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 28 user ratings
ISBN:0380797178
LANGUAGE:English

" The book "Poppy and Rye" by Avi was a good holiday book. It was a good fast read but it wasn't as interesting as the first book one or second. It would have been better if the author had put in more characters because it was a sort of long and slow. The out come was good but it wasn't as interesting as it could have been. I would categorize this book as a easy fast read but not that intriguing. " said.

" I listened to the audiobook version of this story and thought it was cute. Like Mossflower, but more about relationships than protecting the homeland or whatever. Normally I don't listen to audiobooks (I feel like they interpret the story for me and I want to be the one doing the interpreting), but we had 36 hours in the car with a 5 year old to handle. The reader was pretty fantastic, too. I don't think I would have liked this book as much if he hadn't been so talented. " said.

" Poppy and Poppy and Rye are kid's books yes, but I feel like these are like dark disney movies that surprisingly have a lot to offer in terms of the themes of survival, love and loss, romance and family, while still maintaining that talking animal charm. These are mature and realistic feeling novels that aren't as light as something like the Lion King but not as dark as something like Watership Down, but these are more or less a "my first survival novel" type of books. " said.

"Another Dimwood Forest Tale to read to Preston - Yeah!!! So far, we love all of the Tales of Dimwood Forest by Avi. He is an awesome writer! I've been reading this series to my ten year old son and I think that I am enjoying it just as much as he is. He loves adventure stories and he loves animals so this series seems to be perfect for him. The only thing that he didn't like in this book was the romance, it was a little too sappy for him.

We are looking forward to reading the next book in the series "Ereth's Birthday".
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"Amazon Book Description:
Heartbroken over the death of her fiance, Ragweed, Poppy, a deer mouse, journeys west through the vast Dimwood Forest to bring the sad news to Ragweed's family. But Poppy and her prickly porcupine pal, Ereth, arrive only to discover that beavers have flooded the serene valley where Ragweed lived. Together Poppy and Ragweed's brother Rye brave kidnapping, imprisonment, and a daring rescue to fight the beavers. At the same time, Rye -- who has lived in Ragweed's shadow -- fights to prove himself worthy of Poppy's love.
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"My niece and I got most of the way through this book, but not completely through. It was just too slow for both of us, it lacked the excitement and adventure of Poppy, and we just never got to the point of really caring about any of the characters. Today we finally decided to give up on Poppy and Rye.

We were both very impressed, however, with the scene where Poppy tells Ragweed's parents about his death. That was moving and well written, and when I read that bit out loud to the kids, they both stopped and listened quietly. You could have heard a pin drop.
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"Listened to this as an audiobook in the car with the boys (4&5), and they loved it. Ereth made them burst into giggles every time he started with his ridiculous exclamations (their favorites were "bee boogers!" and "Sticky Roach Toes!" ...hopefully I remembered those correctly). And since their imaginative play around the house has involved Poppy, Rye, Ragweed, Clover, Valerian, and Thistle, I'm going to go ahead and say that this book made a pretty big impact on them. They loved it, and are requesting another "Poppy Book" since we finished this one. I think this series is a new family favorite (especially since there are also lots of good life lessons sneakily tucked into this book too). Definitely a good read-aloud if you have preschoolers (or even if you don't)." said.

"3.5 stars

Ahh, teaching kids the wonders of forced development of the land--it was practically beaver eminent domain. "Progress without Pain," but we'll still try to kill you/run you out of town if you don't get out.

I can't remember if I had read this in grade school or not--the premise did sound a bit familiar as I was reading it. The series isn't nearly as awesome as Redwall is, but these are certainly just as enjoyable. These are much quicker to read, have a simpler plot, and have more morals to them, however they're still written (and illustrated, I love Brian's drawings) beautifully and are excellent, quick, "escape" reads. Now that I'm older, I also enjoyed the naming of the characters--Ereth (porcupine) and Castor (beaver)--were based on the animal's scientific names. I also appreciated Ereth's pessimism--I think we could be great friends.
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