The Legend of Vinny Whiskers

The Legend of Vinny Whiskers

by Gregory Kemp


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ISBN-13: 9781500866136
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/16/2014
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Gregory Kemp, a native Floridian, was born in 1971. Today, Gregory lives in Maryland with his wife and three dogs. He spends most of his free time writing and developing 20 acres of mountain wilderness in West Virginia. He is also an avid runner and loves to play soccer.

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The Legend Of Vinny Whiskers 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
sweetwater on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is well written and is a great read. It is geared toward the young adult group and I think it would be an excellent addition to school libraries and would be wonderful for a teacher to read to a classroom. It delves into the lives of prairie dogs all the while it compares to tasks that people face daily. My 13 year old son is anxious to read it next. I look forward to reading more by this author.Another note,I thought pushing the issue of public education being a focal of the communtiy was a positive lesson. There are numerous lessons that can be learned through the lives of the prairie dog communtiy and I think it is a positive book for the youth of today!
saroz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can't quite decide what the author's intent was for this book. It is too simple for young adults; too grim for children; too serious to be a light-hearted fable; too silly to be a heroic quest. There are parts of this novel that seem to want to be "Watership Down" with prairie dogs, while others seem like they would be perfectly at ease in a dopey buddy comedy. Overall, I just got the sense that the author was aiming high but couldn't quite make it. I don't mean to be offensive, but I was left with the distinct impression that the author simply wasn't talented enough to pull off the story. Written differently, it *could* have been - if not "Watership Down" - a "Redwall"-style animal fantasy with characters that affect you and terrors that haunt you. But the writing here is too simple and quick to have that kind of impact - each chapter is just three or four pages, which really fragments the book - and the characters are very thinly drawn. You have the hero with low confidence, the plucky heroine, the wacky bookworm friend, and so on - and that's fine. Those are archetypes, at least. The longer the book goes on, though, the more the author starts launching into pure stereotype: there are secondary characters ranging from a "Yee-ha!" Texan mole rat to some truly appalling "inscrutable Oriental" flying squirrels (named - I'm quite serious here - Kung and Foo). And these are introduced as the book is supposed to be getting tense, too! In the end, "Vinny Whiskers" just doesn't work for me - and I wouldn't give it to a child, either. It could well be the stepping stone to better works by this author, but in the meantime, there are so many superior books that run along similar lines that this one doesn't stand a chance.
joewmyrtle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Catchy, sweet, well-written, fun to read.
FloridaFlamingo More than 1 year ago
My 11 year old grandson recently devoured this book and wanted me to read it so we could talk about it. It is well crafted to keep the interest of the reader as you wonder what will happen next. The characters are animals but their personalities are well developed by the author. I think this book could be enjoyed by boys or girls as both genders have strong roles. The story line certainly captured my grandson's interest with its surprises and bit of suspense. As an adult, I was pleased with the life lessons and good values portrayed. The beginning is a bit slow but stick with it. There is a surprise and the action picks up once the surprise is revealed. My grandson is eagerly hoping there will be a sequel!
mysteryadventurer More than 1 year ago
Exciting and fantastically believable, life in the prairie dog ward takes on serious dimensions when sewer rats invade and threaten the order of the ward. As an adult, I gobbled up the story before giving it to my nephews who are right now absorbed in the adventure. What I loved about the writing is it never talks down to kids (that's why I liked it as an adult) and lets them in on real-life reactions. The main character, a runty underdog of a prairie dog, risks all to save his clan and learns through many mentor animals the importance of using his brain and solving the mysteries with the scientific method--"scientifica methodica." So it's not magic or the supernatural to the rescue, just a smart, observant, and incredibly brave prairie dog. We follow the problem-solving as each new chapter unfolds with more danger (lots of cliff-hangers)and more clues. The upshot is a real appreciation for nature and the workings of the natural world. Science to the rescue!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Legend of Vinny Whiskers is an animal adventure story for young adults, but as an adult I found I really enjoyed reading the book. The story kept my attention throughout and I found that I could not put it down. This creative story is about a prairie dog named Boomer, who from the start struggles to be like the other prairie dogs. As Boomer tries to fit in with the others he can't help but wonder what is out side of his prairie dog colony. By accident and curiosity, he learns what is on the other side of the "Great Fence" and so begins his adventures. It is through his adventures that the book teaches kids life lessons. That it is OK to be different, we all have a uniqueness or special quality that is not always prevalent and sometimes needs to be searched for. As for adults reading this book it is a reminder that we all in some way have something to give to society and that life is all about taking risks and chances. I thought this was a great book for any age, not only for teenagers and adults, but could also be read to young kids.