Author: Kathleen Van Cleve
Length: 358 Pages
Awards: Mark Twaine Nominee 2012-2013
Reading Ram Star Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Polly Peabody lives on a rhubarb farm. But not just any rhubarb farm, the amazing Rupert's Rhubarb farm! Polly has a pretty exciting life, this farm is not in any way boring! Polly lives with her mother, brother, father, and a few other people to help out with the farm. This farm is very special, for some reason, every Monday, it rains! Also, they grow chocolate rhubarb, a vegetable that tastes exactly like chocolate! And to top it off, no one has ever drowned in the lake! So you can imagine how fun it would be to live there, right? But then, out of the blue, it stops raining! And Polly's life is turned upside down. Press everywhere, and all the rhubarb plants are dying. They're so desperate enough, they might even sell the farm! Now it's up to Polly to find out what's wrong with the farm and stop before it's too late.
I did like this book, it wasn't wonderfully amazing, but it was still okay. It was written towards a younger audience, which is why I think I didn't like as much as I would have. Also, it was kind of a predictable story, like I could tell what the basic plot was. And I could tell when Polly was going to find something important, like a possible solution to the rain problem. But in general, this book is a pretty good book. It has a really fun story, who doesn't love a farm with magical rain and a magical lake? I loved all the parts about talking plants and bugs and such. If you like fun Fantasy books, then maybe try this one. I would say this book is good for 4th graders to 6th graders, not really much older, but third graders would like it too. The main reasons I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars though, was how it was too young for me, and it was kind of predictable if you are older. But I would definitely try it out if Fantasy is your thing and you love books about the outdoors.