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Author: Gloria Repp
Rating: 5 stars
About the Book
A boxful of puzzles.
A booby-trapped tunnel.
A baby squirrel gone missing.
—Pibbin needs a team for this one.
Trapped by Gloria Repp is the third story in the Pibbin series. It is a delightful story and I am sure that I enjoyed it as much as any young child. The story begins with Pibbin on his way to give out cookie chips so that he can win a blue star to put on his backpack. He sees an open door and goes into the largest tunnel he has ever seen. He hopes that it is the home of a chipmunk and not a big snake that will eat him for sure. At the end of the tunnel he ends up caught in a net but manages to get down and away from Nisk who has put up the net. Nisk has a problem for he spells everything backwards, he also puts the words backwards when he speaks, and he has a personality that is not very likeable. Soon Pibbin learns that baby Duffy Squirrel is missing and goes to Duffy’s home to talk with his big brother Alix. Alix feels that it is his fault that his baby brother is missing so he and Pibbin set off to enlist the help of others in Friendship Bog. Pibbin is tiny in size but he has a heart as big as an elephant and will do everything in his power to find his lost friend. Nearly everyone is willing to help but a couple of characters seem to hinder more than help. Before Duffy is found, Pibbin and everyone helping him have several obstacles to overcome before they finally rescue Duffy.
Once again Gloria has written another winner of a book featuring the little tree frog Pibbin. In this story the main theme seems to be about teamwork and friendship. As in the first two books, the animals almost seem to take on human characteristics. They show love, fear, happiness, anger, and several other human traits. It is easy to forget that one is reading about animals due to the dialogue that Gloria has written into the story. Colorful illustrations are scattered throughout the book and add greatly to the enjoyment of the story. My favorite cookie in this book was grasshopper cookies for they have a bit of color and crunch. I also had a good chuckle when Pibbin licked a bunch of black ants off a stick. I am sure that for kids such things add to their enjoyment of the story.
I highly recommend this book for any child old enough to read and would even suggest that they read it to their parents. We adults can learn things from books written for children. I think even those too young to read would enjoy having it read to them.
Thanks to the author, Gloria Repp, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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This review was submitted by: Deanna Gottreu – please visit their website at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog