Title: PoppyPoppy
Author: Avi
Illustrator: Brian Floca
Pages: 160
Reading Level: 9-12
Star Rating: ★★

Remember Ereth’s Birthday? Well, that was a sequel to this book, Poppy!

The Story.

Poppy knows that she and Ragweed shouldn’t have ventured out onto the hill. After all, Mr. Ocax, the owl who rules over not only the mice but all the creatures of Dimwood Forest, has forbidden them from being there. But she didn’t expect Mr. Ocax to exact such terrible punishment. He swoops down, captures Rawgeed, and carries him off into the night!

Poppy rushes home, devastated. She begs her father, the mice’s delegate to speak with Mr. Ocax, to ask him to forgive her. He agrees, but only on the condition that Poppy accompany him to stand before Mr. Ocax.

Does Poppy have the necessary courage? And is Mr. Ocax really the protector that he claims to be?

 Discussion.

Poppy is really THE stereotypical story of an upstart youngster breaking free from the fear-dominated opinions of her overbearing authorities. Her parents are portrayed as weak-minded and silly (which, they are), and she has the daring to question the entire system upon which their society is based (that Mr. Ocax is a benefactor to the mice and protects them from other owls).

Of course, Poppy herself is more timid than her boyfriend, Ragweed, who not only speaks disrespectfully to his elders but also wears an earring. After Mr. Ocax eats Ragweed, Poppy recovers Ragweed’s earring and carries it around to help her remember him and to give her courage. In the end Poppy’s perception of the situation is proven correct and the entire population of mice in Dimwood Forest is dependent on her discovery.

Conclusion. I preferred Ereth’s Birthday as a story to Poppy.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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