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The first book in the beloved Poppy series by Newbery Medal–winning author Avi, with illustrations from Caldecott Medal–winning artist Brian FlocaA mouse has to do what a mouse has to do. Ragweed is determined to see the world. He leaves his family and cozy country home and sets off by train for the big city. What wonders await him: music, excitement, new friends...and cunThe first book in the beloved Poppy series by Newbery Medal–winning author Avi, with illustrations from Caldecott Medal–winning artist Brian FlocaA mouse has to do what a mouse has to do. Ragweed is determined to see the world. He leaves his family and cozy country home and sets off by train for the big city. What wonders await him: music, excitement, new friends...and cunning, carnivorous cats!Silversides is the purring president of F.E.A.R. (Felines Enraged About Rodents), a group dedicated to keeping cats on top, people in the middle, and mice on the bottom. Can Ragweed and his motley yet musical crew of city nice—Clutch, Dipstick, Lugnut, and Blinker—band together to fight their feline foe?...

Title : Ragweed
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ISBN : 9780380801671
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Ragweed Reviews

  • Katti Swanson
    2019-01-04 09:55

    I read this book aloud to my 6 year old daughter. We enjoyed reading this together. We read Poppy before this one and liked it a bit better. She didn't think this book was as "scary." (She liked the scary parts in the other book a lot.) I'd agree, not quite as suspenseful, but still a fun read.

  • Jim Hardison
    2019-01-09 11:20

    Read this one with my 11 year old. We both thought it was alright, but neither of us loved it. Would have given it 2 and a half stars if half stars were an option. She didn't really attach to any of the characters and I felt like something was off about the plot and structure. To be clear, we didn't think it was a waste of our time, but we were only lukewarm about it.

  • Nicholas White
    2019-01-12 05:51

    I think I really enjoyed this book.It wasen't that interesting,but it tell's me alot of detal on this book.

  • Jill Schmidt
    2019-01-22 09:12

    This book was a total let down for me. I had such high hopes after reading and loving every word of Poppy. The only reason I finished reading Ragweed, was because my daughter made me because she is a "finisher". The dialogue of the city mice was way over the top- I found it annoying. Many of the side characters were over the top, predictable and had ridiculous names. I feel like the guts of this story could have been told in half the words. I only liked the first two chapters and the last two chapters.

  • Lynn
    2019-01-20 09:18

    One of my summer reading goals is to read this series that has been popular with my elementary students for many years. I was able to read most of this while on vacation with my 4 yr-old grandson and 8 yr-old granddaughter. She enjoyed it a great deal, and there was a bit too much detail and unfamiliar language for him (he would often wander off during the read aloud) - but they both asked daily to read it!

  • Becca Amstutz
    2018-12-29 10:05

    Ragweed, the ever lovable and fearless mouse, had humble beginnings. This small country mouse found his way to the city and meeting him as he is becoming the Ragweed we know from "Poppy" is thoroughly entertaining. This book is perfection.

  • Carrie Dalby
    2019-01-10 13:08

    Finished the read aloud. Giving it 4 because the kids loved it--my personal would be a 3 out of 5. Maybe because I'm a 1980s California girl, but the city mice dialog was easy and fun to read, though my kids didn't understand all the slang, dude. On to the rest of the series...

  • Rose
    2019-01-17 11:54

    Ragweed was the first chapter book I read in elementary school, and was overall a fun read. The plot was interesting, and if you like animals then it might be a good read for you, along with the other books in the series.

  • Emma
    2019-01-20 13:20

    I QUIT! My son is not in to this at all and I absolutely hate reading all the, "like, far out, totally dude, rad," nonsense. So we're calling it quits and moving on to something else.

  • Paula
    2019-01-13 12:09

    Loved it

  • Rebecca
    2019-01-01 12:04

    I read this aloud to my kids. It was fun and well written. The kids were begging for more.

  • Toryn
    2019-01-15 13:01

    great book! ragweed is a great character!

  • August Maclauchlan
    2019-01-08 05:20

    Love Avi. This book, not so much.

  • Patrice M.
    2018-12-25 11:17

    read at school for work.

  • Heather
    2019-01-15 08:07

    This was one of my favorite books in early elementary school. It is good for children who enjoy stories with animals

  • Sarah Kochert
    2019-01-08 06:16

    Read aloud with Inara

  • Ari Sinclair
    2019-01-06 11:07

    This book was cute, but not Avi's best. It was, in my opinion, the best of the series. The plot was fun and the characters endearing (but lez be honest. Ragweed should totally have ended up with Clutch).

  • Irene
    2019-01-18 07:17

    Isabelle's teacher is reading the "Tales of Dimwood Forest" series out loud in school. Isabelle really dislikes them. She said she would give the whole series 0 stars, but then after a little pressing, she relented and said 1 star because the books do get better. I tried to get her to articulate what she doesn't like about the books, but it wasn't easy. I had to ask leading questions, and then I don't know if I was influencing her answers by prompting her with ideas. From what I can gather, she seems to not like the whole idea of anthropomorphized animals. I remember having to read The Wind in the Willows in fourth grade, and not really liking it, plus I tried to read Watership Down some time in college, I think, and could never get into that book, either. (It's still on my to-read list.) So I think I know what she means. She also just says it's boring. I had never even heard of this series, so I figured I'd read it myself and see what Isabelle was complaining about. I thought this book, the first in the series, was alright. It's about a country mouse named Ragweed who wants to see the world. Leaving his family and the comforts and safety of home behind, he heads to a city called Amperville. There he meets a city mouse named Clutch who shows him the ways of the city. The writing style was descriptive, but not simplistically matter-of-fact. I liked that this book was actually more elegantly written than I would have expected for a children's book, but I do wonder if that contributed to Isabelle's impression of the book being boring. I liked the enthusiasm and bravery of all the main characters - Ragweed, Clutch, and even Blinkers. I thought it was cute that the country mice had plant-related names, while the city mice had car-related names. I also liked that there were any number of positive lessons a reader could take away from the book. "Explore the world and see what's out there." "Don't be afraid to go beyond your comfort zone." "Every life has challenges, just keep persevering." "Respect and celebrate differences." "Stick up for yourself, and don't let others push you around."Silversides, the antagonist of the story, was actually a pretty interesting character, for a cat. Since this is a children's book, I at first took for granted that Silversides was supposed to be "the bad guy", like how the wolf is "the bad guy" in The Three Little Pigs or Little Red Riding Hood. Wolves are wolves, they need to eat, that's just how they are. Cats hate mice, and that's just how it is, right? But the book gave us examples of cats who do like mice, and we kept seeing glimpses of the girl's cruel and unfair treatment of Silversides - she basically transferred any love she used to have for her cat to her new pet mouse. I really sympathized with Silversides, and I wonder if another message of the book might be, "Treat each other kindly, and don't feed the cycle of hate." I can appreciate the intended humor regarding Clutch's use of slang, but the overuse of "like", "Know what I'm saying?" and "dude" did irritate me. I was disappointed when Ragweed adopted the lingo, too. I also thought that the potential for a love triangle was a bit much, but then again, I am always down on superfluous romance in books and movies.

  • Megan
    2019-01-16 10:54

    Lachlan's 3rd grade teacher started reading the Poppy series by Avi to the class. Lachlan fell in love with the books and wanted to share them with us. In fact, the whole class fell in love with the books (I work at the school library during their library time, so I check out their books and I placed many holds on the Avi Poppy books.)Lachlan and I listened to this book as an audio book. The narrator is nothing short of fabulous! I feel great comfort and familiarity every time his voices comes on to read to us again!This prequel to the Poppy series was written after the the series was completed. It is a fine book (as in OK)--Lachlan actually really loved it. I felt rather lukewarm towards it. It suffers a bit in comparison to the other Poppy books which are truly fabulous.This book is the story of Ragweed, a four-month old country mouse who seeks adventure and hops on a train to the city. There he meets a cast of mice who live in fear under an organization headed by two cats (Silversides, a spoiled housecat and Graybar, an alley cat), which is actually named F.E.A.R. The mice in the city have car names--such as Dip Stick, Lugnut, Clutch, while Ragweed comes from a country community where all of the mice are named after plants.I liked the courage of Ragweed--how he was willing to go on a big adventure, how he assimilated himself so fully into the culture of the city, and how we quickly transformed from country mouse, to city mouse, to revolutionary mouse.I didn't love the city surfer talk--"dude", "like," "know what I'm saying" that was Clutch's way of speaking and soon became Ragweed's. It was too much for me.For kids that like animal stories, this is a winner of a series.There are lots of lessons that you could talk about from this book--standing up to your enemies, going on an adventure, hero's journey, overcoming your fear, loyalty, etc.The most important thing this book does is help you know, understand, and love Ragweed. His appearance in the next book, Poppy is so brief, that it is easy to misjudge him and malign him if you don't know his background.Recommend for all kids 3rd grade and up. And adults who enjoy good children's books.

  • Charlie Ruth
    2019-01-17 10:12

    Sweet and memorable .

  • Kelly
    2019-01-05 09:55

    My 9 year old son's 3rd grade teacher read 'Poppy' by Avi to the class and they completed writing prompts based on the book. He so loved it, we started looking for the other books. Ragweed is a wonderful tale of leaving home, learning about self, and friendship. We greatly enjoyed the story and the narrator, John McDonough was fabulous.

  • Shauna
    2019-01-07 06:57

    We aren't quite finished, but we can't find the book. I'm not too sad, it definitely is not as good as Poppy. We are on to Redwall by Brian Jacques. Sallie requested it! Sallie and I read Poppy (Book 2 in the series) a couple of weeks ago. She loved it. But, she was quite disgruntled to find that I had started NOT at the beginning. (I had read Poppy with the older children years ago and I knew she would enjoy it.) We had originally planned to read the following book, Poppy and Rye, but when she found out there was a book one, she insisted on reading it first. (Brent does predict she will be a librarian someday, she really likes order, and books!) I was worried that she wouldn't enjoy Ragweed because we know that Ragweed meets a sad end at the beginning of Poppy. But, whenever Ragweed is in danger, she says, "Well, we know that Ragweed doesn't die yet, don't we? Because Mr. Ocax gets him in Poppy." So, perhaps it is a comfort to her. . . she can enjoy the suspense of Ragweed's adventures, knowing that he doesn't die in this book, and when we first met Ragweed in the book Poppy, she didn't have a strong attachment to him at the time of his demise. She wants to read the entire series (and have a book club party to celebrate them). We'll see. I might need a break from mice stories, but we have Poppy and Rye (Book 3) ready to go whenever I'm ready!

  • Amanda Edwards
    2019-01-22 11:59

    Ragweed, by Avi, is about a a young mouse named Ragweed that is seeking for adventure. But he discovers that he finds a place called Amperville. Amperville is a place that has two sides, one is Mouse Town, and second is F.E.A.R. F.E.A.R. is a organization for two cats, a house cat named Silversides, and a sewer cat named Graybar. They team up and conquer what they want to get rid of: Rodents. Ragweed disides that enough is enough and he gets rid of them once and for all when F.E.A.R. tries to ruin Cafe Independent, a clus set up by Ragweed and Clutch. When Ragweed sends F.E.A.R. down the sewer, they never come back and Ragweed goes back to his home.When I was reading this book, I made a text-to-self connection. As Ragweed makes a desision to take care of F.E.A.R., other mouses deside that they should do something about F.E.A.R. too. As in real life, everyone in this world makes a desision to do something that doesn't work for them, and that changes everything. Ragweed thinks of F.E.A.R. as something that shouldn't bother him and anyone else anymore.I give this book a 4 because the story told how Ragweed blossomed into what he was inside, a caring mouse for not just himself, for the entire town.

  • Sarah Eagle
    2019-01-03 04:55

    This book had every bit of wit, charm and allegory that I praised Poppy for. Where Ocax leads a totalitarian regime over the mice, who have been brainwashed into complacence, the cat Silversides in the city of Amberville is absolutely intolerant and hateful towards mice, which she believes are the root of all of her problems, and forms a KKK-like brigade called F.E.A.R. to rally against the "mouse conspiracy".Ragweed proves a wonderful go-between for the city and the country where Poppy is from. He isn't a thourough "white savior" figure, Clutch isn't the "manic pixie dream girl" trope, and Blinker doesn't fall prey to the "weak, cowardly smart one" trope, either. Avi makes careful nods to certain archetypes and finds ways to bypass them. All in all, Avi has proven himself a wonderful world-maker using very little - a vital skill for children's books - as well as a rich prose that hides many layers for both children (the main audience) and adults to enjoy. To my great pleasure, there are 3 more books after Poppy, which I would have read already if we owned #3. Still. 10/10 would recommend to someone, ANYONE else who likes fantasy.

  • Janeen-san
    2019-01-04 05:54

    I finished Ragweed a short time ago, and I fell in love with it! The story is about a country mouse who ventures into the city and triumps over the cats that are detimred to rid the world of mice!I love how daring Ragweed is, and Cluch (one of the mice he meets)is so...awsome!! She loves adventure!I like Blinker, he was so shy, but in the end had enough couage to leave the human house. I like how Blinker likes reading; just like me!!I love all animal stories, but this one was my favorite animal story! I DIDN"T CARE that it was a short book. I LOVED IT!!!!!!WHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!To find out how they defeat the evil kitties, who Clucht and Blinker are, then you'll have to read this book!I hope you like it as much as I did!! :)AVI (the auothor) RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LONG LIVE AVI!!!!!whooooooo hooooooooo!!!

  • Jesse Zellmer
    2019-01-13 07:21

    Figuring that it would be interesting to read these in order, I figured I'd start the Poppy series with Ragweed (that was a bad idea but we'll get to that later). I enjoyed this one but I recommend you read the others first because after I read this entire book about Ragweed's life only to find out he dies in the first chapter of Poppy, I was disappointed to say the least. However if you read the other Poppy books first, I recommend this one, as it is a little bit of a bonus that features similar characters from the other books. Ragweed is a young and naive mouse in this novel and it tells of his difficult experiences with other city mice and evil cats. The plot and characters are similar to the other Poppy books, but this one seems to have more flair and entertainment value to it.

  • Fred Kohn
    2018-12-26 05:10

    When I was a kid, we used to joke: "I'm not perfect, I was wrong once. I once thought I had made a mistake, but I was wrong about that." Well, when I read Poppy, thinking it was the first book in the series, I thought I was mistaken about that because Ragweed gets killed off early in the book. But as it turned out, this book with Ragweed as the main character is actually a prequel. At any rate, I enjoyed this book significantly more than Poppy. I think Ragweed is a more interesting character than Poppy (based only on the one other book I have read in the series), and I don't remember that book being nearly as funny as this one.

  • Kaion
    2019-01-04 09:51

    Ragweed is a truly innoculous read that suffers from being in such a mined genre. Anthromorphized mice (and other) in a survival struggle (this time with a society of cats)? It's very familiar, and Avi doesn't really stretch the premise much.Perhaps being a prequel of a book I've never read, some of the charm is lost on me. And perhaps it's for a much younger audience than is advertised (I read Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH at 10, and this book is advertised for ages 8 through 12). I can certainly see some younger kids being entranced by the cute little snazzy-talking mice without being very burdened by the lack of relative realism. And the text is enhanced by some very nice drawings by Brian Floca. Rating: 2 stars

  • Giselle Bradley
    2018-12-30 11:06

    I read this book years ago. I don't remember all of it but I do remember loving it. I was probably around the ages 8 to 12. I was an animal book reader when I was younger. I read half of the books in this series and this one was one of my favorites. I remember loving the characters and all the mice's ways of using everyday, human objects. I read this book after reading Poppy, which is the next book in the series. You can imagine how heartbroken I was about Ragweed. But I read it anyway. I think I read it 2 or 3 times. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who doesn't like animal books. But for me it was the perfect fit for my 10 year old self.(I'm sorry I can't tell you about the writing style. I don't remember...)

  • Melissa
    2019-01-18 11:17

    As this one was written after all of the other "Dimwood Forest" books as a prequel, I don't think I read this one when I was a kid. I definitely didn't remember any of it.Having read it after "Poppy" even though it comes first chronologically, I found it lacking in comparison. It had the same basic plot - bigger animal is threatening the lives of a bunch of mice and one mouse (Ragweed this time) hatches a plan to defeat the bigger animal (this time Silversides, a cat). But somehow it was missing the same sense of adventure that I loved so much in Poppy. And I liked Poppy as a character much better than Ragweed (he's way too eager to fit in and doesn't really let his own personality shine). Plus, throughout the whole book, I had a tough time remembering that Clutch was female.