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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Book Review: Braver: A Wombat's Tale by Suzanne Selfors and Walker Ranson

Lola sure is one brave little wombat! She's snuck out one morning (they're nocturnal and meant to be sleeping) as she's a chatterbox which is Not Done in the world of wombats, so she can talk to some neighbors. Thank goodness she did as she then sees her entire village of wombats, including her parents, being carted off in a cage! She has to rescue them! She heads off down the river behind them and meets up with a fastidious Swamp Water Rat, and an adorably clueless baby Blue Penguin. They get help along the way from some kind echidnas, a one-winged bird in a hot air balloon, and a surprisingly nice Tasmanian devil. They are heading to the capitol city to find Lola's uncle, another rare talker of a wombat, who works as an ambassador for the Queen. Lola knows he'll know how to rescue her parents!

Part Wizard of Oz, part Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (although not as scary), this animal quest story has plenty of action to keep you reading, without being too worried about the outcome. Lola learns a lot along the way and must keep her wits about her. The authors are great at making each species have consistent personality traits and some unique speaking quirks, to differentiate between them all. I think middle grade readers will really enjoy this one.

This book is being published by Imprint, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, a division of Macmillan, my employer.

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