I read this book before Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. I absolutely loved it! I read Ragweed but thought this one was a little better. I read this book in 4th grade and I'm pretty sure I enjoyed it. I love how it takes place in a forest instead of a city like Ragweed. I like stories about animals that don't take place in big cities. I've made an exception to re-read The cricket in Times Square by George Selden I also read this book in elementary school but I don't quite remember it. I'm excited to read the other books in the series especially with Poppy as the main character. She is pretty freakin' awesome! She's more of a traditional mouse with a country life. I don't know why but I just love her! Mr. Ocax is one of favorite characters as well. He's mean and bitter and thinks he is this high and mighty owl. Mr. Dictator as I would say. I highly recommend this book to kids. Now I know why we read this book instead of starting off with Ragweed. It's so much better!!!!11!