Book Review: Adventures with Ragweed by Linda Lou Crosby

RAGWEEDCOVERTitle: Adventures with Ragweed

Author: Linda Lou Crosby

Genre: Young Adult, Humor, Short Stories

Age Group: Young Adult and Younger

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Whimsy – Humorous Tales of Adventure, Friendship and Outdoor Ventures For Young Adult Readers and those young at Heart Adventures with Ragweed is a collection of humorous short stories filled with adventure and family themes.

Ragweed is a tribute to the whimsical part of each of us. Follow this young teen and her best friend, Marney as they travel to Mexico for a fishing trip, where the family is to shoot a pilot for a television show, instead, find themselves in an unexpected sea storm.

Laugh out loud as Ragweed takes on the tennis elite at the country club or attempts to rearrange their perfectly cut lawns.

Always one to learn new things, this young freckled face gal with the unruly blonde hair, builds a float, rides a horse and grows a garden – always getting into unintentional trouble and conning her friends to partake. Each task done with her own unique vies of the world.

Light Hearted and Funny

These stories are meant to entertain. It’s difficult to narrow it down to one specific genre as the book is a collection of short stories suitable for young adults as well as for an older crowd with a sense of humor. Family Relationships, Friendships, Essays and Humor are categories all presented within the pages of this book.

If you like the outdoors you might enjoy reading about Ragweed’s horse riding exploits or her compost-creating stunts. She spends a great deal of time playing sports and in the garden. Most of the stories are based on the author’s own experiences when she was a young adult but some of us know that inner youth tends to follow us into adulthood – so if you have similar backgrounds, these tales will make you grin.

Beautifully Illustrated

Adventures with Ragweed is a different kind of book. It’s a humorous short story collection aimed at young adults, although I thought it would be more appropriate for a younger audience. The stories read more like shorts for middle graders, but the younger age range of young adults could enjoy it as well.

Ragweed, the main character, is a quirky, enjoyable heroine. She stumbles from one adventure into the next. All stories are complete with a good dosis of humor. They also focus on regular day to day things, like riding horses, or building gardens, but it makes everything sound like an adventure.

Great writing and beautiful illustrations too. Recommended for kids, and adults who want to feel like a kid again.

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