Sunday, May 1, 2011

Beatrix Potter Review of Book Fourteen: The Tale of Mr. Tod

Name of Book: The Tale of Mr. Tod
Author/Illustrator: By Beatrix Potter
What It's All About: Okay, so this one's a bit of a dark horse.  It's a different format in that it has more black and white ink illustrations and only a few painted color pictures.  It is very long and I would almost declassify it as a Potter-short-story.  Once again I feel that the main character is certainly not Mr. Tod and yet who shall it be titled after? The main idea is thus: Mr. Tod, a fox, owns many homes that he does not live in most of the time.  Tommy Brock, a badger, likes to use Mr. Tod's houses while Mr. Tod is not there.  Brock steals Benjamin Bunny's baby rabbits while his father Mr. Bouncer is watching them.  Benjamin asks Peter Rabbit to help him get them back.  They find one of Mr. Tod's houses occupied by Brock and begin to burrow beneath the den to get the baby bunnies back.  Mr. Tod comes to his house to find Tommy Brock snoring in his bed.  They fight and destroy the house and Benjamin and Peter rescue the bunnies and escape. 
My Favorite Bit: I do not have a favorite part in this book except for perhaps the fact that Peter forcefully makes Benjamin enter the house and get the bunnies--what a good and brave Uncle!  I do not like this story.  It is very dark and frantic feeling as you are hoping the baby bunnies will make it.  The story is long and fairly nightmarish in comparison with most of Potter's other tales. 
Suitable Age For Reading It To: I would skip this one entirely for children under nine or ten and let them read it for themselves when they are older.  I believe you can safely own this set and only read this book once before putting it back on the shelf, there to sit for quite some time.  I do not mean to be uncharitable but There It Is. 

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