Review: The Society of Extraordinary Raccoon Society by Randall Goodgame

The Society of Extraordinary Raccoon Society by Randall Goodgame, Illustrated by Joe Sutphin
Stephanie's Rating: 4 out of 5 bookmarks

The following book is part of the "Slugs & Bugs" story collection.

This book, The Society of Extraordinary Raccoon Society, is the first of a series of books featuring a few fun, masked raccoons!

Let me pause a minute and say, the illustrator, Joe Sutphin, did a great job! The colors are rich, the scenes are fun, and the facial expressions are easily read. The paper used for this book is the good, heavy, slick kind that is perfect for a quality children's book.

Now, back to the story. At first, I couldn't decide if this book was supposed to rhyme or not! A friend pointed out to me that I was breaking up sentences in the middle do to a fluke in the typesetting. Once I got past that, the story made sense and was fun.

Randall Goodgame
An older raccoon, Chauncey, takes two younger raccoon siblings, Maggie and Morty, on a tour of the Raccoon headquarters. There they learn that the natural raccoon inclinations of stealing and such are habits that can be broken! Chauncey explains that when you learn to give to others joyfully, you will receive even greater joy yourself. "God loves a cheerful giver"! By the end, the two young raccoons have learned to share, and dance off happily to go play. Enjoy the journey with them!

Note: There was a side activity happening that was expressed in the pictures only and not in the words, and though I usually catch such things, I totally missed it this time! At the end of the book, when I caught on, I had to turn back and try to figure out what exactly had happened. See if you can catch it!

Kids ages 4 and up would probably catch the message in this book, and children younger than 4 would still enjoy the lyrical words and the vibrant colors, even if they miss the message.

For all the above reasons, I give this book 4 out of 5 bookmarks.

Stephanie Garrett is a busy homeschooling mom of three who somehow always finds time to read. She has been a voracious reader since childhood and even won a bicycle in elementary school for having read the most books! She enjoys learning and growing and never turns down an opportunity to try something new. Her first love is the Lord and service to Him, second is family, and reading. She believes that anyone who learns to read with comprehension can go anywhere and do anything! She also enjoys music, theatre, sewing, and mathematics.

Disclosure: The publisher provided us with a free copy of this book for promotional purposes. A favorable review was not required. This post contains affiliate links.


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