The prequel to the Dimwood Forest Chronicles - this is the story of Ragweed the young golden mouse who was the impetus for Poppy's first trip into Dimwood before his horrible end at the claws of the evil Mr Ocax. Meet Ragweed, a young, brash golden mouse - desperate to see the world he leaves his family and serene country home behind and heads for ...Read MoreThe prequel to the Dimwood Forest Chronicles - this is the story of Ragweed the young golden mouse who was the impetus for Poppy's first trip into Dimwood before his horrible end at the claws of the evil Mr Ocax. Meet Ragweed, a young, brash golden mouse - desperate to see the world he leaves his family and serene country home behind and heads for the bright lights of the big city. The city is a place of wonder, of adventure and excitement. But also a place fraught with cars and buses, music and pleasure, attitude and danger - chiefly in the form of cats! Meet Silversides, a huge white urban cat, complete with diamond studded collar and an vindictive attitude to match. As founder and president of F.E.A.R (Felines Enraged About Rodents) Silversides, accompanied by her second in comand, vice president Greybar, fanatically stalks her prey - mice - relentlessly and mercilessly. When Ragweed arrives in the city he befriends hipster band members Clutch, Dipstick and Lugnut, as well as Blinker, a timid pet store mouse, and together they transform an abandoned bookshop into a cool new club, the Cafe Independent. Bursting with energy and excitement the mice plan a wild - and cat-free - opening night. But with Silversides and Greybar prowling the sewers planning a surprise attack, just how long can this state of mice independence last? In a very dangerous game of cat and mouse Ragweed discovers a world where courage and loyalty are the keys to survival.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1999-05-10 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)
Publishers Weekly, 2000-06-10 In a starred review, PW said, "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." Ages 8-12. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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