Thursday, March 4, 2010

Review: Poppy by Avi

At the very edge of Dimwood Forest stood an old charred oak where, silhouetted by the moon, a great horned owl sat waiting. The owl s name was Mr. Ocax, and he looked like death himself. With his piercing gaze, he surveyed the lands he called his own, watching for the creatures he considered his subjects. Not one of them ever dared to cross his path. . .until the terrible night when two little mice went dancing in the moonlight. . .

Borrowed from my aunt.

My aunt just loved to read this to her students when she was a teacher and insisted that I give it a try.

This one gets two stars. It started out unnecessarily violent and cruel, especially for a children's book. It was dark and really rather almost sadistic. There was also a pervasive, very thinly veiled racial commentary that was completely unnecessary and extremely distasteful. Added to that was a ridiculous political commentary. It was published in 1995 but reads like it was written some forty years before. The sole redeeming quality of the entire book was Ereth the porcupine who made the story reasonably tolerable. This is certainly not for children. I cannot, in good conscious, recommend it to anyone. Just don't do it.

☆☆= Didn't Like It


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