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Poppy, the mouse with the big heart, is on another adventure
on June 6, 1999
In his sequel, Avi lets his readers know what happened in the time and space before the last chapter of Poppy. Caster P. Canad, the beaver, looms large on the cover to represent the nemesis. Young readers will learn that not all foes have such evil intent as Mr. Ocax. Some make themselves enemies by their selfish desire for power and prestige. I read this novel to 4th and 5th graders in my Elementary School Library. The students once again cheered Poppy, laughed hysterically at Ereth's snyde remarks and found a new romantic hero in Rye. In George Lucas-esque fashion, Avi has gone back and written "Ragweed" to tell the story of the elder brother's adventures before he comes to Dimwood Forest. These characters are ready and waiting for stardom in a Disney movie. My students are demanding a sequel to Poppy and Rye. Perhaps one of their children will grow into a romantic with an adventurous spirit like their parents? Avi...are you listening?