As a young chipmunk, shy, bookish Rockford T. Honeypot had dreams of thrilling adventures across the forest. However, timid of danger and germs, his only adventures were found in books and his imagination. When his family abandons him after a mistake that destroys their hazelnut business, Rockford sets off on a legendary journey beyond his wildest dreams. From exploring cuisines with a famous chef, training with ancient warrior monks, flying on giant hawks, finding true love, and much more, Rockford recounts his epic origin story of hardship, perseverance, and fortune. – Goodreads
Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy in return for an honest review.
I went into this book thinking it would be a cute, fun read for younger readers. However, I’ve left this book trying to figure out who the target audience is supposed to be.
The story uses fairly complex sentences and higher level vocabulary to tackle a plethora of adult issues from an adult point of view. Things like infertility, bankruptcy, and lawsuits aren’t necessarily something young kids can’t understand, but like most of the things in the book these are dealt with hastily and insubstantially. The pace of the entire book feels like a sprint and then its super choppy, preventing the reader from becoming invested in anything that happens.
Events happen one after another without any time to process the consequences before Rockford is already onto the next problem/adventure. And the cut backs to the present mostly didn’t serve any purpose beyond interrupting the story to shoehorn in references to social media and overly convenient reunions.
If the story had picked fewer topics to handle in a more child friendly way, I think this could have been an excellent middle grade read.