Poppy

By: Avi
Narrated by: John McDonough
Series: Dimwood Forest Series, Book 3
Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (216 ratings)

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In Dimwood Forest, all the mice know that moving beyond Grey House requires the permission of the great horned owl, Mr. Ocax. No one but Mr. Ocax can guarantee protection against the horrible porcupines who lurk in the forest, waiting to grab innocent creatures. He frequently reminds the trusting mice of his importance, as he snatches careless ones for his frequent meals. But Poppy is a curious mouse, and a little foolish. When she is caught dancing in the moonlight on Bannock Hill, she soon faces not only the great owl, but a huge porcupine, and an impossible challenge.

Poppy, an ALA Notable Children's Book, is a warm and lively tale for young listeners and their parents. Through the award-winning talents of the master storyteller Avi, the tiny creature's far-ranging adventure provides a hearty lesson about bullies and celebrates the strength of a courageous spirit.

©1995 Avi (P)1998 Recorded Books

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Great Listen for the Whole Family

My teenager and 4 year old both enjoyed listening to this book. We really enjoyed the adventures of Poppy and especially loved the scenes with the porcupine! This really is a great book for the whole family on a road trip!

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Great story well performed

I love all Avi's stories, but this is my favorite. It has everything- excitement, suspense, wonderful characters, beautiful prose and a very satisfying ending. The story was simple enough to entertain me as a child and wise enough to still keep my interest as an adult. John McDonough does a wonderful job narrating it. He captures the characters exactly as I imagined them.

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Just wonderful!

What did you love best about Poppy?

My eight year old absolutely loved this story read aloud. He was captivated by the performance and loved the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Poppy?

The ending of course!

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Fantastic Story, Ok Audio

Poppy is a Classic in my Eyes. A story anyone should read young & take with them as they’re tastes grow & evolve. I have a deep seeded love of Fantasy for this tale of a Grounded Forest that’s just Whimsical enough to balance out it’s story.
The only thing is I think you’d be better off reading it instead of listening to the AudioBook; the Reader is Fine in theory, just not a Match for this Specific Character. Poppy deserves a more Feminine Voice, not this clearly Old Man voice. It matches well with the Evil Owl Mr Ocax, but not for the Main Character.
Pick this one up, especially if you have Kids.

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Listen as a family in the car

Wonderful story to listen to with my kids as we drove to and from school. We were all on the edge of our seats!

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Family Favorite

Would you consider the audio edition of Poppy to be better than the print version?

Yes.

What did you like best about this story?

Great characters, great reader. A favorite of our whole family, ages 3-36.

Which scene was your favorite?

Poppy is caught in the grasp of Ocax and finding creative ways to fight for her life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Poppy has multiple realizations about truth and comes to some conclusions based on her experiences that differ from what she first believed. This growth is powerful to watch.

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This is terrible

The way the narrator talks is terrible. But the book is fine. Good job Avi

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