The Oregon Kids

Runaway Whiskers

Children - Picture Book
34 Pages
Reviewed on 10/22/2017
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Author Biography

Bob Richley grew up in the Chicago area and now lives in beautiful Colorado. Growing up Richley would often go camping in the Rocky Mountains. It was these childhood camping trips and especially his visit to Crater Lake in Oregon that was the inspiration for events in the Oregon Kids series. Richley is a parent, who has volunteered for years in children’s ministry. Teaching children good values and the grace of God are his passions. Richley’s stories, originally written for a single mom to help her raise her children, are a way to fulfill this passion. Richley has always loved children, wanting all children to be raised with love and grace. It is Richley’s hope that his stories will be one of many tools that parents will use to teach and to raise their children with Godly values.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

The Oregon Kids: Runaway Whiskers by Bob Richley is a delightful story that revolves around a brother and sister, Billy and Autumn, who are nine and six. Autumn loves animals and she dreams about owning a pet rabbit. Not too far from Autumn and Billy lives Johanna, who is six, but the children do not know each other. Johanna has a pet rabbit named Whiskers who is kept in a cage in their garage. Johanna goes every day to the garage to play with Whiskers and watch it hop around the garage. One day, when Johanna goes to the garage, she sees the cage door open and Whiskers has gone. Johanna is sad and she hopes someone honest will find her and bring her back home. It so happens that Autumn and Billy notice a rabbit hop out of the bushes onto the grass. Will Autumn’s dream of owning a pet rabbit come true?

It is a beautiful story that gives lessons in honesty, truth, character, ethics, and empathy. The portrayal of Johanna and Autumn are real and relatable and children will be able to understand Autumn’s plight and Johanna’s sadness. The illustrations are adorable and they bring the characters alive. The story also throws light on understanding the feelings of others and being compassionate to that. It is a good story for read aloud sessions in classrooms because of the messages it conveys and it also makes a good bedtime storybook. Books with valuable messages and concepts are always good for children to help them understand the right values and ethics more easily when conveyed through stories.