Mr. Vinegar and the Frozen Sea by Chris WardleMay 5, 2010 at 10:57 am | Posted in Books about nature, Chapter books, children's books, Environmental issues, Middle Grade books, Pet lovers books, Tween fiction | 5 Comments
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Mr. Choli, Mr. Ginger, the Tinfish family, and the others from Daphne Wood return in Mr. Vinegar and the Frozen Sea.
Winter has come to the colony. While Mr. Choli, the head detective, has managed to gain a lofty reputation based upon his previous adventures to help the colony survive after the sudden climate changes impacted the community, the winter has brought on a whole new set of problems to be addressed. The fish supply is dwindling and the ice shelf continues to shift and thicken, making fishing an arduous chore. Other supplies are low too. When Mr. Vinegar suggests another expedition, this group of adventurers begins putting together their plan. Of, course, no one figured that Mr. Vinegar planned to come along.
Chris Wardle’s series of quirky characters returns in this third installment featuring the cats, Mr. Choli and Mr. Ginger. As with The Lighthouse of Mr. Tinfish and Mr. Choli’s River Trip, the animals left behind after the sudden climate changes forced them to leave their homes to seek out a new place to live, continue to deal with issues that are a matter of life and death.
The community in Daphne Wood is made up of a diverse group of characters: cats, birds, squirrels, penguins, a walrus, a polar bear and more. Each animal having its own food and shelter needs, the members of the colony have worked together to ensure everyone’s survival and comfort. Winter becomes a large obstacle for them to overcome as their food supplies dwindle. The forest being mostly wiped out from previous fires, means the colony must seek new plants farther away and bring them back to Daphne Wood. These will have to be drought resistant crops, since the overwhelming heat of the summer burns the plants and makes it hard for them to grow.
Wardle introduces more new characters in this book. Amazingly, each character is unique and has some type of quirk that will leave an impression on the reader. The creation of these zany characters is definitely Wardle’s strong point. That the animals have managed to work together for so long for the betterment of everyone, provides young readers an excellent example without being preachy. The illustrations add a special touch to the book.
I enjoyed the second book in the series better than the first, and this third installment is my favorite. Wardle consistently puts together fun, humorous stories filled with adventure that address the global issue of climate changes in a way that children will enjoy. If the author takes the time to seek a copyeditor to clean up the typographical errors, future books in this series will be perfect.
Mr. Vinegar and the Frozen Sea is a delightful read that kids will devour with zest.
- Publisher: Lulu
- SRP: $7.83