3 out of 4 stars
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Chubby Wubbles: My Pet Ferret by M.J. Abrams is a charming children’s story about a pudgy, fun-loving ferret named Chubby and his search for his lost friend, Coco.
Chubby and Coco, two ferrets, live together with their owner, Mark, and are very happy. But one day, Chubby’s life is turned upside down when he wakes up one day and finds out that Coco has disappeared. Meanwhile, Mark is too busy now at work to care for Chubby. He plans on giving Chubby away to a new owner. Will Chubby be happy in his new home? Will Chubby find out what happened to Coco and will he ever see her again?
This is a very sweet story about friendship, perseverance, and loyalty. To anyone who has never owned a ferret before, it would also be quite informative. Abrams’ prose is simple and clear, and his storyline flows smoothly. Everything about the plot and the characters just oozes cuteness.
Where I feel this book could use some improvement, though, is in the editing. I counted over ten punctuation errors, which consisted mostly of missing commas and quotation marks. I also feel that the illustrations could be improved, as well. The illustrations are a mixture of several small, simple drawings of the events described in the book interspersed with actual photographs of ferrets. This could be a style choice on the part of the author, but I wonder if larger, more detailed pictures—either exclusively drawings or exclusively photos—would be more engaging for young readers.
Overall, I rate Chubby Wubbles: My Pet Ferret 3 stars out of 4. I’m taking a star off because of the number of punctuation errors. I would recommend this book to parents with children of elementary school age; even though the writing is simple in structure, there are several words that might be difficult for younger children to read. You may find yourself wanting to adopt a ferret of your own after finishing this story!
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