Looking for another read aloud recommendation

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    Looking for a read aloud that similar to The Borrowers, The Rescuers, The Secret Rats of NIMH, etc.  I think what we liked about these was as unbelievable as it is for little people to live under the floor boards or rats or mice to talk and plan and scheme the stories were believable.  I personally have trouble suspending disbelief sometimes and it ruins a story for me.  For some reason, I think because they stories treat the subject as real and not as silly or outrageous, I can somehow believe what I am reading could happen.

    So I want something fun, clever, imaginative, possibly animal character that I can believe (even though it is unbelievable).

    Does that make sense? I thought about the Tale of Despereaux but decided I need something more boyish – something boy centered or with more masculine themes.  My 12 yr. old son like stories with animals that are the main characters a lot (we’ve read most of Dick-King Smith).  Not looking for sweet or syrupy so much as adventuresome or slightly mysterious is ok, too.  I thinking about trying Redwall in the future but it is a bit longer than I am looker for right now.   Otherwise, it looks like it might fit the bill.

    Thank for all suggestions,




    The Cricket in Times Square is one of my favorite adventures with animal characters.  There are sequels, too.


    Has he read The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary? Or The Wind in the Willows?


    We listened to poppy by AVI on audible last year. My 11 yr old son and 8 yr old daughter loved it. It’s exciting has action, animal based characters and is a believeable story. It is kind of “full of action”  as in some of the animals die or get eaten but not in a scary graphic way but just enough to keep my eldest interested.


    We’ve read (and enjoyed) Cricket in Times Square.  My son has read Mouse and the Motorcyle.  We tried Wind in the Willows and just couldn’t get into for some reason.  I think my son read Poppy but I’m not sure, I’ll have to ask him.

    I went ahead and ordered Redwall and the Hoboken Chicken Emergency (probably too silly for me but its short, lol)  I also ordered Midnight WAr of Mateo (can’t remember the rest of the title about 2 skunks stealing a boys trike.

    And not animal related I got Cheaper by the Dozen and Incredible Adventures of PRofessor Branestrawn.

    Should keep us buys for awhile. 🙂

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