What is the book about?
A timid deer mouse starts on a quest to find a better life for her family and friends. There are plenty of dangers lurking about in the forest, and the mouse must find the courage to vanquish them all. With a little help from a porcupine.
Who is the villain of the piece?
A great horned owl who sits silhouetted atop an old, charred oak at the very edge of Dimwood forest. His name is Mr. Ocax, and he looks like "death himself." Like most bullies, he is a phony too.
Any other interesting characters in this woodland setting?
A foul-mouthed but good-hearted porcupine called Ereth. There is never a dull moment with him around.
Are there any larger themes in this fanciful story?
When a tiny deer mouse takes on a great horned owl, themes of tyranny and what it means to be a true hero can never be far behind.
Are natural history details sneaked into the writing?
Plenty. Once you put down the book you'll suddenly realize you know a ton of facts about the woodland and its creatures. From the anatomy of a great horned owl, to the habits of a porcupine, Avi skillfully weaves these details into the story.
Are there other titles in this series?
Yes. Avi's Tales from Dimwood Forest series includes the following titles:
Poppy & Rye