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The Underneath

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Not what I thought it was...

My mom talked me into buying this book, I was haveing a depresing day so she took me and my sister to the bookstore.
I wasn't really planning on getting it, but mom liked the whole animal theme, so I got it.

She started reading it to us, and it was good at first, ju...
My mom talked me into buying this book, I was haveing a depresing day so she took me and my sister to the bookstore.
I wasn't really planning on getting it, but mom liked the whole animal theme, so I got it.

She started reading it to us, and it was good at first, just what mom had expected, but then it got to Gar-face and stuff and we stoped reading it.

But I loved it, and kept reading it, and let me tell you, you have to remember every aspect of this book to get it. All of the storys kind-of weave together to make one thrilling marvelous story.

This book is about an abandoned calico cat, who finds a lonely hound dog who is owned by Gar-Face, an evil abused man. The cat is expecting kittens, and when the two bay cats are born they are told to never leave the underneath (under the porch), or Gar-Face would use them as croc bait. But when Puck, the boy kitten, gets a little curious, an adventure takes place, with betrayed snakes, large crocodiles, and shap-shifting birds. With surprises around every corner, this book is sure to keep your intrest.

Warning: this book may be scary for younger children, so probably not a good read-out-loud choice.

posted by alittlehobbitgirl on May 26, 2011

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10 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

PARENTS BEWARE!

I guess I will have to go back to prereading books for my children in grades 3-6, even if the book has a Newberry Honor book award, after reading this not-for-the-young book. In the first 13 pages of The Underneath: a heartless family abandons a pregnant cat in the fore...
I guess I will have to go back to prereading books for my children in grades 3-6, even if the book has a Newberry Honor book award, after reading this not-for-the-young book. In the first 13 pages of The Underneath: a heartless family abandons a pregnant cat in the forest, a boy poisons his mother's birdfeeder and you get to hear about the dead birds and her sorrow (while the boy's delight in their suffering is explained as images of blood drip from her hands), a father is a drunkard with the alcohol named, a boy is abused with facial wounds so bad he is permanently disfigured, drunk father passes out, mother abandons family, boy runs away from home . . . does this really sound like a book you want to expose to your young children? It gets worse: revenge leading to suicide, deep anguish at the loss of a loved one, animal torture (dog shot on purpose and not cared for, dog malnourished, dog permanently left on small chain outdoors for years on end as chain becomes embedded in neck, dog kicked in sides, dog hit purposefully in the face with a board (you get to read in detail about the blood in the dogs nose and how it chokes and spits blood and its eyes are swollen shut), cats used as live bait for alligators, cats swung around by the neck, mother cat and kitten are thrown into a bag and then tossed alive into a swamp to drown (you get to read about how the human delights in the suffering of these innocents), and more. I am angry that I was duped by the review and the back cover. My daughter was rightfully upset reading this. I read it after her and was kicking myself that I didn't preread it. Thanks anyway, Newberry Awards, I will use my parental judgement on when to bring up "teachable moments" on alcohol and alcoholism, child abuse, animal abuse, suicide, murder, and runaways. This book might be for teens, but it is certainly NOT for elementary school children.

posted by no-nonsense on October 3, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    Not as thrilling as I thought it would be

    This book was not the way I thought it would be. It got me interested for a little bit but then I couldn't pick it up again!
    I would rate this book two and a half stars.

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