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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
Don’t Call Me Chip is an animal story for eighth-graders by Neil O’Donnell. Timothy, a chipmunk, lives under the verandah of Mike’s home. Mike is an elderly man who made friends with the animals who live in the woods. Their peaceful, happy way of life is shattered when a family moves in next door. The family dislikes the animals, especially Timothy, whom they call Chip, much to his displeasure. The kids think it’s fun torturing creatures and make every effort to capture Timothy. But Timothy has had enough of their abuse and decides to take matters into his own paws. He enlists other rodents’ and wildlife to band together and defend themselves against these horrible humans. A battle between humans and creatures to outsmart each other leads to serious repercussions.
Although written for eighth-graders, adults will be highly amused with this very entertaining story. Don’t Call Me Chip is a fun, action-packed book by Neil O’Donnell. It’s written in the first person, and the main character, Timothy, doesn’t mince words or restrain his feelings in a cleverly written, witty narration. The animals are adorable and they get their chance to describe what life’s like for them when humans destroy their habitats or woods. Their defensive antics are funny but well justified, considering the situation. I thought the cover illustration fitting for the book. The author wrote expressively and one can see that he is a nature lover. Don’t Call Me Chip is a children’s animal book that I found delightful, while also educational.