Amazing Kids! Magazine

Book Review of Ragweed

by Avi

Reviewed by Emily Sims, age 10, Nanticoke, PA

Recommended for ages 8-12

Did you ever feel like taking an adventure? Did you ever get bored with the same routine day after day? Well, Ragweed did. He is a brown mouse who goes looking for an adventure. So, he leaves his boring home to travel to a place he will enjoy. “A mouse has gotta do what a mouse has gotta do,” said Ragweed as he left his home. However, instead of landing in a place that he likes, he lands in a town that he thinks is crazy.

When Ragweed goes to Amperville, he meets some new animals, two new friends and two new foes. Clutch is a brown mouse who is adventurous and hippie-like. Blinker is a white, nervous mouse who is tired of living with Silversides, the silky white cat with an attitude. Along with her sewer-friend, Graybar, Sliversides plans to destroy all mice in Amperville. Graybar is a dirty, gray cat with a limp in his back paw. In some ways, the cats succeed, but in other ways, they fail.

I enjoyed Avi’s Ragweed because it had mystery, excitement, and adventure. Sometimes this work of fiction made me jump out of my seat in shock. Ragweed is a prequel to Avi’s novel, Poppy. I especially liked how Avi used personification throughout the book. The book was all about animals with human abilities such as walking and talking. I love animals, so I thought it would be the perfect book for me. I was not disappointed. If you like books with animals, read the book Ragweed by Avi.