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Ereth's Birthday [Hardcover]

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April 19 2000 Tales from Dimwood Forest

Erethizon Dorsatum - better known as Ereth, the self-centered, foul-tempered old porcupine - is having a birthday. And he fully expects his best friend Poppy, a deer mouse, to help him celebrate in a grand manner. But Poppy has gone off somewhere with her husband, Rye, and it appears she has forgotten all about it. "Belching Beavers," says Ereth, "I am not angry!" (Though, perhaps he is - and more than just a little.)

Ereth knows his special occasion deserves a special treat - even if he has to get it for himself. And what treat could be more special than tasty salt? But the nearest salt is located deep in the forest, in a cabin occupied by fur hunters, who have set out traps to capture the Dimwood Forest animals. In one of the traps, Ereth finds Leaper the Fox - who, with her dying breath, begs the prickly porcupine to take care of her three boisterous young kits, Tumble, Nimble, and Flip. "Jellied walrus warts!" Ereth exclaims, but reluctantly agrees.

Certainly this day is not going as he planned - and it's only just the beginning! Not only does Ereth suddenly have a rambunctious new family to take care of, but he's being stalked by Marty the Fisher, the one creature in Dimwood Forest who can do him harm. And Bounder, the father of the three little foxes, remembers all too well the nose full of quills he got a while back from the grumpy old animal who now fancies himself the leader of the den. He too sets out to show Ereth who's boss. Throw in an unexpected snowstorm, and all in all, it adds up to one brithday Ereth the porcupine is never going to forget, not even if he lives to be a hundred and twenty-two!

01-02 Golden Sower Award Masterlist (4-6 Cat.)

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"Helping others!" Ereth the porcupine snarls viciously. "Being good! It's all broccoli bunk and tick toffee."

On a birthday that he suspects everyone has forgotten, the last thing this grumpy old porcupine wants is to get involved in a sticky fox family predicament. But just as he's about to take a mouthful of his favorite treat, salt, he hears a weak voice calling for help, and his conscience trumps his desire. Soon he's embroiled in his worst nightmare: leaving his comfortable home to act as caretaker of three energetic, chatty, newly motherless fox kits. His longing for his stinky log home next door to his best friend, Poppy the mouse, lessens somewhat as he gets down to the business of keeping the young foxes fed and safe. Meanwhile, another four-legged hunter has his eye on Ereth, and the fox kits' father is nowhere to be found.

Avi has struck gold again with the latest addition the Dimwood Forest series. Hard life lessons and hilarious gems from Ereth's prickly lips ("fish feather fruitcakes!" "puckered peacocks!") mesh to create an entirely engaging story. Fans of Poppy, Poppy and Rye, and Avi's other highly entertaining titles will welcome the chance to meet up with their old furry and spiky friends again. (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

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Avi's (Poppy; Poppy and Rye; Ragweed) Dimwood Forest tales continue with this storyAequal parts humor and suspenseAthat puts a non-mouse character in the limelight for the first time. Convinced that his best friend Poppy and her family have overlooked his birthday, Ereth, a curmudgeonly porcupine, wanders off in search of his favorite treatAsalt. What he finds instead is an adventure he hadn't counted on: surrogate parenthood. He promises a female fox dying in a hunter's trap that he will look after her three kits until their father returns. Keeping the trio fed and out of trouble proves a Herculean task, one that teaches Ereth much about the ties that bind even as it softens some of his rough edges. His steadfast if grumpy devotion is rewarded when the three save him from an attack by a cunning fisher (a furry, four-legged creature with a hankering for porcupines). Avi delivers another crackling good read, one shot through with memorable descriptions (snow "sleeved tree branches in white") and crisp, credible dialogue. Above all, showcasing Ereth allows the author free range with his cantankerous character's trademark asides ("Babies. Nothing but poop and puke, puke and poop") and outbursts ("Sour snake sauce on spaghetti!"), many of which will have readers chuckling. Ages 8-12.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bad humor, but great book. Jan. 4 2002
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Ereth's Birthday by Avi is an adventurous and cruel book. One fine snowy day a porcupine named Ereth found it was his Birthday and went to see what his best friends(Poppy,and Rye)were doing. Unfortunatly, when he asked their small children they answered they left home and were to come back soon. Ereth now knew for sure that they had forgotten his birthday. Now Ereth was extremely upset because the naughty kids were jumping around and making extremely loud squeaks and his best and only friends forgot his birthday. With a couple negative words Ereth went off to fetch his own birthday present, salt. He would have to travel to a person's home and suck on the axes to suck up the sweat(because it contains salt). When he was traveling he heard movements up in the trees but could see no people or animals. Finally, he reached the house where he went under the house and found the axes. Then he immediately started to lick the salty axes and then the handle bars of the people's ski mobile. Ereth disliked humans so he wanted to treat them a lesson by putting porcupine quills on the ski mobile and chewed the handle of the axe in two. Suddenly, footsteps could be heard coming towards Ereth and out of nowhere there came a person who grabbed the axe and cursed at the site of it broken in half. Then another hand came down and grabbed the ski mobile and this second person cursed at the site of the chewed handle bar. But it was nothing until the two people sat on the seat they yelped,"yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyooooooooooouggggh!"For they found porcupine hairs where sat on by their rear ends. After those incidents they went back on setting traps. After they left, loud cries of, "Heeeeeeeelp!"
"Hellllp,"could be heard. Right when Ereth heard the noise he saw a container of pure salt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book To Read May 28 2004
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Ereth's Birthday is a book that is exiting, full of adventure, and hilrious. It was Ereth the porcupine birthday so some mice and Ereth's best frind Poppy, a mouse came. Ereth gotgrumpy and dicided he did not want them right then, so he left. Ereth went by a house and heard people talking then, the people left. Ereth saw that there was salt and he loved salt but he heard creing so he went there. I am not going to spoil it for you but, some how he got stuck with 3 little foxes. When he got there he did not know how to do it.
The book was hilarious because Ereth would talk to the foxes in this really weird way. He'd make them do chores yelling at the top ofhis lungs. Ereth made them hunt for there food, and they did not know a thing abote hunting. They finally got their ways though. Read Ereths Birthday because it is a great book and you will not want to go some other plase you will not want to go some other plese you want to ceep reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ereth's Birthday Jan. 17 2003
About a very grumpy porcupine. On his birthday, he thinks his friends have forgotten about him, so he goes off to get some salt (which he loved above anything). When about to get it (from a table in a hunters cottage), he hears a plea for help. He grumpily abandons the salt, and goes to see. It's a dying fox mother, who begs Ereth to watch out for her pups until their father gets back. Ereth agrees, and then, she dies (from loss of blood; her paw got trapped in a trap). Ereth then finds the pups, and takes care of them. Their are troubles, but he manages... ok.
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