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Ruffleclaw Paperback – July 12, 2016
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About the Author
CORNELIA FUNKE is the New York Times bestselling author of many magical books for children, including The Thief Lord, Dragon Rider, and Inkheart. Once named one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine, Cornelia was born in Germany and lives with her family in California.
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I absolutely love the book. Cornelia Funke has a style enjoyed by kids--as described above--and parents reading the book. Most children's books bore me by the fifth page. By contrast, I enjoyed reading the entirety of this book. I also liked that the author had a good vocabulary and wrote with no noticeable grammatical errors. Most books for this age group seem to promote bad grammar, but this book thankfully does not.
While this book has pictures, it mostly has text. So it's not a comic book--like many other children's books. And it's organized into logical chapters.
I'd highly recommend buying this book. I'm planning to buy the rest of the books that the author has written.
My grandson clearly was more into the story than was my granddaughter, as he is into things creepy and monstrous and she is not.
I found it a little disturbing to be reading a story to my grandchildren wherein we are told that a monster keeps sneaking into the home of a human family, where, unbeknownst to the members of the family, the monster observes them. The monster then sneaks into the bed or the child in the family. But my grandchildren didn't seem the least bit disturbed by any of this.
I would say that Ruffleclaw would be best for a child my granddaughter's age (7) and above, who's reading skills are perhaps above average, and my impression is that Ruffleclaw will generally be of more appeal to boys than girls, though of course there will be exceptions.
Not this one.
I get that books written for a certain age group, and especially the male stereotypes of that age group, often contain 'gross-out' humor like eating worms and such. I can cope with that. But Ruffleclaw is universally rude, and downright mean. He lies, steals, destroys things for fun, and subjects Tommy to an unceasing barrage of verbal abuse. And for this, he's rewarded by being welcomed into the home!
There are flimsy morals about looking past the surface and accepting people (or monsters) who are different than you, but in all, it's a story about how breaking the rules and destroying other people's belongings is funny.
I read and liked Emma and the Blue Genie(by the same author) and enjoyed it. I was expecting the same with this one, but it wasn't to be. Plus, if you've read Emma and the Blue Genie and are expecting full color pictures with this book, too, you'll be disappointed. It has black and white pictures throughout.
Ruffleclaw is rude and gross. I felt the author was trying way too hard to make the story appealing to young children, with spitting and rude/gross words and the constant eating of worms. Children don't need that mess, and rarely does resorting to bodily functions/rudeness work in my book. Tommy, the main human character isn't much better, as far as being an example.
Unfortunately, this isn't a book I'll hand over to my boys. There's better out there for them to spend their time and imaginations with!
This is a cute story about a monster that becomes a part of a family. I think this will delight children who are imaginative or need a more positive, less scary outlook on 'monsters'. Overall, it's a fun, short story perfect for beginner chapter book readers.