Molly Gumnut Rescues a Bandicoot

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When Molly catches a cat attacking a baby bandicoot, she rescues him and takes him to the vet. But he won't let her keep him because bandicoots are protected native animals and have to go to a wildlife sanctuary to recover, then be released back to their territory.

Molly can't let that happen,'cause that's where the cat lives. She kidnaps the bandicoot and takes him on an adventure. More

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About Patricia Puddle

Patricia writes Paranormal Love stories for older teens and adults. Here first series, Ominous Love, is an angels and demons story. She also writes and illustrates humorous and adventurous children's stories. Her Rascals Series is aimed at reluctant readers. Molly Gumnut and Velvet ball are suitable for children of all ages.

Patricia also volunteers for a wildlife rescue charity for injured and orphaned animals.

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Review by: John M W Smith on July 13, 2015 :
Before I read this book my knowledge of a bandicoot was confined to a distant recollection of an old computer game called Crash Bandicoot.
In fact a bandicoot is a marsupial, an infraclass of mammals which carry their young in a pouch---except that a baby bandicoot’s mother has an upside-down pouch and no, the baby bandicoot doesn’t fall out because unlike a kangaroo, its mother walks not on two legs but on all four. Why an upside down pouch, then? Well, it’s to prevent baby bandicoot from getting sprayed with soil when mummy digs the earth with her forelimbs to find food. How wonderful is evolution, no?
There is so much that a writer must painstakingly develop when introducing a human character in order to successfully create empathy with the reader; Tone of voice. Gestures. Facial expressions. Speech, which includes accent, way of speaking and exactly what is said. Physical appearance. Dress. Background. Likes and dislikes.Twitches and mannerisms. You name it, a writer has to get everything just so to create that essential bond that makes the reader begin to care what happens to that character. But not so with an animal, and the smaller the animal the better. All you have to do is to describe a bandicoot’s big brown eyes, its long snout and cuddly size, and you’ve already done enough to get the reader hooked. Instant emotional connection. Hardly any effort required. Not surprising that evolution is at work here, too. For we are all protective of the smaller, the weaker, the more vulnerable, for how else would they survive if we were not so? Good old evolution. Where would we be without it!
And, as the title suggests, this engrossing book is all about a young girl’s trials and tribulations when trying to protect and preserve a tiny creature no bigger than a mouse and very much resembling a shrew.
The younger we are, the stronger our passions, our emotions and sensitivities, and therefore the greater our inability to objectively deal with hurt and injury---which is only one of the reasons why it is so important for parents to be kind to their children. Molly is a typical girl of her age, and I found her behaviour in no way odd or extreme. At great risk to herself and much inconvenience to the people in her life she champions the cause of a creature little bigger than her thumb. And, grown up as I am, I could understand every move she made. Every step she took. So immersed was I that I grew increasingly vexed with the grown-ups (patient though they were) for not seeing everything quite from Molly’s point of view.
Expertly leaving the ending of each chapter on a cliff-hanger, the author takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of highs and lows---but here’s the rub---she managed to keep even a developing cynic like me from predicting how the story would end, tragically or happily. It could have gone either way. And I was kept guessing until the end. I can think of no higher compliment to this writer’s abilities than to acknowledge her talent at keeping me in this state of anxious and bitter-sweet limbo until the very last page. Excellent pacing. My interest never flagged. My connection with every character only increased as I turned the pages. Young girls will find this book utterly absorbing, of that I have no doubt. I mean, look what it did to me!
(review of free book)

Review by: Irene Kueh on Aug. 25, 2012 :
Molly is quite a character that you will grow to love very much.

She acts silly at times (which child doesn't?:))but she has a big heart. When she rescues the baby bandicoot, she goes all the way to make sure the bandicoot is safe and 'bulldoze' anyone else that comes in the way. Molly is sure to stir up you emotions deep inside. She'll make you smile, laugh,and sad. It's a must read for all adventurous kids and adults as well.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: CS Lune on March 23, 2012 :
I've grown out of childhood, therefore children's book aren't really my first attraction. However, I'd think any parent (which I'm not) would like their children to read quality books.

My grievance toward any children books is perhaps the plain and uninteresting character of the protagonist. So far, Molly provides nothing interesting to me, other than being a tomboyish, outspoken, and precocious third grader. Her personality is sometimes a bit unrealistic, like, who would shout nasty things at another girl or being really mean in front of a parent. Also, her conviction of having Tiddles locked up in the house at night is touching, but at the same time sounds like a "dumb" plot. I know the audience for the book are children, but the dialogues sounds a little... rough and at times dumb. I wasn't aware third-grade girls had such rivalry (yep, I can tell they're one their way of becoming teenagers at the age of ten). Maybe I'm wrong and I don't know what kids think about these days.

One thing I like was that the author explained wildlife through dialogues, it is a very educational book. I bet you'll learn a lot about wildlife preservation, how to take care of animals, and the important jobs of carers. It's also very overwhelmingly warm and happy that an eight-year old should care so much about a little animal. It says a lot about Molly's personality. She's strong, compassionate, passionate, headstrong, and stubborn about many things. But in the end, she's a good girl.

Molly gets into a lot of trouble, I mean, a lot. She cannot help it. However, the responses of the adults are not consistent. Molly's father seems like a pretty cool and kind father, but sometimes he acts sterns and then goes back to just "sighing" at her if she does something wrong. Mrs. Ramsbottom personality is extravagant and exaggerated, as in, everything hilarious, mean, and bipolar was thrown together and BAM! the result was the headmistress. The grandmother is a very kind and nice lady, her personality often confuses me too. I cannot imagine her being harsh and stomping her cane on the floor (like when she did when Molly locked herself in her room after being rescued from the rundown cottage).

I'm happy it had a happy ending. It kinda closed full-circle Molly's wishes of having Furbles in her garden. Despite what I said, this is a good book for children, very easy to read, accessible to young kids. It teaches them about nature and how to care for animals and how important it is to be diligent in a task you think it's worth accomplishing. In this case, it was Molly's wishes and conviction to save little Furbles from Tiddles.

Now, for the technical part. There were some typos, missing punctuation, and misspelled words. I can name a few that I noticed and remember:
Chapter nineteen: aloud was written instead of allowed.
one of the last chapters "and" was spelled "amd". Minor things, easily fixable with a second careful re-read.
I am aware of the intended audience for the book, but maybe it's a good idea to expand the vocabulary a little bit. Words and phrases such as "scowled", "chew the inside of her cheek", "clasped her hands under her chin", etc. are repeated all over the book. Variety is key.
It is also advisable to use sensory details a little bit more. There's just action: "Molly did this and then that. She then took this and put it there", etc. Again, variety is key.

Overall, good story, just needs a little bit of polishing and proofreading.
I'm no expert, but as an avid and honest reader, I think it can be better (as with everything in life).
I really hope this review was helpful! I'm open to critiques about my review because I'm not perfect and I'm willing to listen to what other people think about what I have to say.
(reviewed 56 days after purchase)

Review by: Jamie DuBois on Feb. 17, 2012 :
I found this book very heartwarming, seeing the love that a child has for an animal but at the same time, I was becoming exasperated at all the things Molly kept getting into and asking over and over again to keep the bandicoot. The only thing I kept thinking about was if that was my child, I would go crazy!!
This story is about a young girl named Molly who rescues an injured bandicoot from her neighbor's cat. She wants to keep it as a pet but being a protected native animal, she can't keep it but being a young child, she doesn't understand that. And she gets into never-ending trouble as she tries to come up with ways to keep her grandmother from releasing the bandicoot back in her neighbors garden once its wounds heal.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Delilah Draken on Feb. 14, 2012 :
I have to admit that I never had any real contact with what they call children's literature when I was the age of this book's intended reader group. I learned to read with lots and lots of Greek legends, a side-dish of Hemmingway and hundreds of Mickey Mouse comics. The only books I read at the time that could be classified as actual children's literature, besides the Disney, were Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, which I read in the 'original' German translation and not the 'child-friendly' shorter version.

In other words, I read stories that used a more elaborate, some might say even difficult vocabulary/language in primary school.

Now to the book at hand:

I really wanted to like the story. The setting reminded me so much of a favourite animated movie (Dot and the Kangaroo) that I could not help but want to like it. I wanted to feel for the bandicoot and Molly's problems. I wanted to. I really, really wanted to.

The story has potential. At least, I think it does. Finding the story under all the cutey-bitty two syllables or less in a word narration was a bit difficult for me. I don't know if children's books are supposed to be written like that these days. I've read Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl and they had more complex language. On the other hand, Potter and Fowl were also written (as far as I know, so I could be wrong) for ten year olds and up, not for seven/eight year olds like this book here.

For example, for every three uses of the word 'tummy' at least one time there could have been a 'stomach' or word of similar meaning. Children are young, not stupid, and writing as if they could not understand a word they might not use in their everyday speech is as strange as... as... I don't have a word for it.

Just one question: If children never see more complex words, how can they learn how to use them?
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)

Review by: Mallory Heart Reviews on Jan. 28, 2012 :
A comfortable and comforting story about the importance of animals and children to our environment, “Molly Gumnut Rescues a Bandicoot” introduces two young girls who care about preserving the environment, doing their part through nature photography for a class calendar. The girls try their best, though sometimes their best photo opportunities are interrupted by human intervention, such as passing speedboats. Then one of the girls, Molly, discovers a neighbor’s cat planning to make dinner of a bandicoot. She may not know the exact species name, but she does know enough to identify it as a marsupial, and to notice that it is injured. Out of a kind heart, Molly determines to take the poor animal home and enlists her father to help.

In the time-honoured tradition of children everywhere, Molly wants to keep the little fellow, even though her Grandmother is an approved wildlife rescuer, and will know how to protect and care for him until his re-release into the wild. A bandicoot is a protected native animal in Australia, and like other rescued animals, is released into the wild whenever possible, to return to its native habitat.

The author skillfully works in the everyday reality of children this age, including a warm, noncompetitive friendship, and the school social climber from a wealthy family, who chooses poor Molly as the brunt of her disparagement. Neither is Molly drawn as a perfect character, but she is a caring, compassionate girl, and realistic in her behavior and attitudes.

Short but speedy chapters make this an enterprising novel for children from the level of new chapter readers up through middle school years. Additional information on the nature and behavior of bandicoots (and other animals) is woven throughout the story, making this an educational adventure for young readers-and their parents and grandparents as well. The book is richly illustrated with photos from the author. I highly recommend this and anticipate future stories from this author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: laura thomas on Jan. 28, 2012 :
I have just finished Molly Gumnut rescues a Bandicoot. I loved it. It's the story of a young girls struggles after rescuing an injured baby bandicoot. The author captured the emotions of a girl struggling to stand up for her beliefs. She gets in and out of trouble trying to protect this adorable animal. avery funny, delightful read for any age!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sandra Stiles on Dec. 25, 2011 :
Molly is one of those kids who loves animals. A class project, where she has to take a picture of a native animal is the beginning to this wonderful story. When she sees the neighbor’s cat attack a bandicoot, Molly jumps in to save him. She is not supposed to have the bandicoot as they are an endangered animal. She begs her dad to let her keep him. She even names him Furble. Dad takes the animal to her grandmother’s house because she is one of a few people allowed to nurse the animal back to health as a wildlife rescue officer. Molly is not very happy when her grandmother tells her that they will release the animal back where he was found when he is healthy. It is here where she decides that she will have to take matters into her own hands. Molly is allowed to help her grandmother, but almost blows it by trying to get a picture of it for her school project. She is constantly getting herself in trouble trying to do the right thing. For example she goes to talk to the neighbor whose cat injured Furble and comes across as rude and almost loses her opportunity to help her grandmother. It doesn’t help that she has a snotty little classmate named Gretchen who tries her hardest to see that Molly is always in trouble. This was a wonderful book that shows kids that they need to stand up for what they believe in, but at the same time there is a right and wrong way to do it. Both boys and girls will enjoy this book. Molly’s antics will keep the reader rolling.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: Chrissy Peebles on Sep. 09, 2011 :
I purchased this e-book for my kids who are age 7 and 9. We all LOVED Molly. She has such a passion for animals. She rescues a bandicoot from a cat and nurses it back to health. The story is brilliantly funny, amusing, sweet, and a fantastic read. Molly captured our hearts with her compassion, humor, and personality. She gets into all kinds of trouble, all in the name of saving this wonderful animal. This author has a special way of reaching children with humor and creativity. My son seems to get bored easily when reading, but he was totally entertained, as well as my daughter. I highly enjoyed it and I know people of any age will, too. This book was a pure delight!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: June V. Bourgo on Sep. 08, 2011 :
I loved this book. I bought it for my grandaughter who is seven. She had already read Star Crossed Rascals by the same author and wanted this book too. She wants more of Patricia Puddle's books.

A story of a little girls passion and love for animals and the lessons she must learn about rescuing animals meant to live in the wild. She fights for her beliefs as well as learning how cruel nature can be.

A great story for children and adults. It is full of humorous incidents and moments of sadness. Once again the author connects with children on their level. She gets them. I recommend this book to all.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Chris Jones on July 09, 2011 :
Molly Gumnut Rescues a Bandicoot is a really great read. It kept me interested from cover to cover and I finished it in a day. I particularly liked the use of the photographs but found the whole book well constructed. Patricia Puddle has the ability to see the world through a young girl's eyes which makes Molly's actions seem totally realistic. The book would be particularly suited to primary age children but should have a far wider appeal than that.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Aurora Press on June 18, 2011 :
As part of a school assignment, Molly's supposed to take a picture of a wildlife animal. Luckily for her, on the way back from the river Molly saves an injured rat-like animal from the claws of the neighbour's cat. Her father explains that the rat isn't a rat but a bandicoot and that she can't keep him because they need to grow in the wilderness where they can scavenge for food and build a family. Molly isn't convinced because the little critter sure looks like he would like someone to take care of him, so she vows to persuade her parents to let her keep the animal. How she does that is cute and funny since, the more Molly tries the more she messes up, until the only option she sees is to kidnap the little animal from her grandma who's a wildlife rescue officer.

Molly Gumnut Rescues a Bandicoot is a middle grade adventure for boys and girls aged 8 to 12 with lots of good twists. The language is kept age appropriate with a few difficult words to keep kids entertained and maybe provide a bit of a challenge. Molly's character is absolutely endearing. She is a funny, little girl with a bit of an attitude and a mind of her own. She simply adores animals and that's usually a good thing, but people around her just don't want to see it.
The humour was great, the plot kept me wondering what would happen next. A thoroughly enjoyable read for the young and young-at-heart.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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