Poppy and Rye by Avi
Illustrated by Brian Floca
Second in the Tales of Dimwood Forest
Finished: Dec. 5, 2007
Reason for Reading: next in the series. Series challenge. Read aloud to my 7yo
First Published: 1998
Genre: children, animal fantasy
"Clover! Clover, love. You need to wake up! Something awful is happening."
Comments: Poppy decides to try and find Ragweed's parents to tell them the news and Ereth accompanies her. Once they arrive they find that beavers have built a dam and flooded Ragweed's family out of their home. More than anything this is a love story. Poppy meets her husband-to-be, Ereth also feels love for the first time and we see the love of parents for children. I'm not too surprised that my 7yo did not enjoy this book very much. He enjoyed the occasional chapters focused on Poppy and Ereth but the rest of the book did not hold his interest and he requested I stop reading it three-quarters of the way through. I did finish reading the book myself and feel this is the weakest book we've read in the series so far. The beaver characters as the new enemy were more annoying than anything, certainly nothing like the evil Mr. Ocax of the first book. There were some good parts and I moderately enjoyed this volume.