Avi, Author, Brian Floca, Illustrator HarperCollins $17.99 (192p) ISBN 978-0-380-97690-4
Consummate storyteller Avi outdoes himself in this prequel to Poppy and Poppy and Rye, cutting loose with a crackerjack tale that's pure delight from start to finish. Here Ragweed, the adventurous mouse with whom Poppy is destined for a tragic romance, hops a train and heads for the bright lights of the big city. The hip urban setting hops with adventure and memorable characters, from the punk-haired mouse Clutch, who plays lead guitar for the Be-Flat Tires at the Cheese Squeeze Club, to Silversides, the malevolent puss president of F.E.A.R. (""Felines Enraged About Rodents""). Ragweed is wowed by the excitement of Amperville, with its abundance of ""human nests,"" and quickly evolves from bumpkin to city slicker, picking up the lingo and mastering the ""high four"" paw slap. But cat-mouse hostilities escalate, with the cats destroying the Cheese Squeeze Club (the mice set up a new hang-out in an abandoned building once known as The Last Independent Bookstore). Ragweed rallies his fellow mice to lead a revolt against F.E.A.R. in a triumphant ending that finds the cats literally all washed up. Fueled with a mixture of outrageous puns and sly witticisms, this is, as Clutch would say, one totally awesome tale. High four! Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8-12. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/03/1999
Release date: 05/01/1999
Show other formats
Paperback - 240 pages - 978-986-177-553-1
Paperback - 208 pages - 978-0-380-80167-1
Prebound-Glued - 178 pages - 978-0-613-26699-4
Prebound-Other - 978-0-606-18714-5
Prebound-Glued - 205 pages - 978-0-7569-0208-7
Hardcover - 207 pages - 978-0-689-83721-0
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Email Address


Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.