Thursday, February 5, 2015

Book Review: Operation Bumpkin Birthday by Petrina Khashoggi, Illustrated by Michael Graham

Snitch, Snatch, and Sketch are three rats. They are used to eating leftover food as they come across it. They are getting tired of that. It’s a hard life for them in the subway station, or anywhere else they find themselves. They come across a house that belongs to the Bumpkin’s. It looks clean and cared for and they find their way inside of it. The Bumpkin boy is having a birthday party and they hear about it. They run for the food at a time that seems safe but they are not as sneaky as they think. A bad situation turns around in one rat’s life and something good happens to him later.

This was an interesting view into the lives of three rats that I think will be very entertaining for children. Although it was fiction, it helped me to understand what rats might be thinking because they need food to survive just like humans do, and they have to search for throwaway food because it’s the only food they can usually get. Untouched food was a big treat for the rats in the story, and it probably is for rats in real life also. I liked how the rat that stayed behind to deal with what was done during the Bumpkin boy’s birthday party had something good happen later. In my opinion, the illustrations were very vivid and did a great job explaining the story visually.

 My review = 5 out of 5 stars

Operation Bumpkin Birthday by Petrina Khashoggi 
ISBN: 978-1-7040637-0-6 
Publisher: Full Cycle Publications 
Date of publish: 2015 
S.R.P.: $16.00

Disclosure of material connection: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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