Saturday, February 10, 2018

Book Review: Raffie on the Run by Jacqueline Resnick

This story is so cute! An adventure-quest novel where a little rat, Raffie, travels from Brooklyn to Manhattan to rescue his little brother, Oggie, who was rat-napped. I loved the themes (which thankfully aren't hit over the head) of making friends, overcoming fears, trying something you haven't tried before, the importance of family and home, and how if you're helpful to someone that someone might be helpful to you down the road. A famous squirrel wearing jewelry really cracked me up. Raffie's family felt real to me. I liked the ratization of sayings (replacing foot with paw) and the normalization of the rats' life, such as sleeping twice a day during rush hour, when it's loud in their subway station home and there's no point in being awake as they can't forage.

It was sweet and poignant and kept me on the edge of my seat, although not so much so as to make a reader anxious, and make me think fondly of rats, which is a big feat. A great book for younger middle school kids who will love the adventure, soak up the lessons, and probably lobby for a rat as a class pet.

This review is a part of Kid Konnection, hosted by Booking Mama, a collection of children's book-related posts over the weekend.

This book is published by Roaring Brook, a part of Macmillan Publishers, my employer.

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