Sunday, May 3, 2015

Cottonmouth and the River by C.S. Fritz

Hello! Today Mikey is sharing his first book review with everyone. :) He and Nico have asked for special jobs that will earn them money towards a new puppy. Mikey suggested writing his own book reviews, most likely knowing I could never refuse.

Meet Freddie Cottonmouth - A Boy Who Loves the River, Big Adventures, and a Furry Beast named Tug. Tug loves taking Freddie on wild adventures—trips to the moon, building castles, or catching fireflies with Freddie riding on his wide furry back. When Freddie finds a mysterious egg, Tug makes him promise never to eat it. But Freddie is about to discover that broken promises come at a great price. This is the rare children’s story—both bold and tender and brimming with moments of great risk, adventure, and heart. Combining the artistic wonder of Where the Wild Things Are with the timeless storytelling of The Polar Express, this story will capture both the imagination and the intelligence of children and their parents as it sheds light on the power of sin, sacrifice, and redemption.

Mikey's Thoughts

5 out 5 Stars

Cottonmouth and the River is about the story of creation, or at least it refers to it. The theme of the book is basically the same, with Tug being God, Frederick being Adam, and the rat being Lucifer. You see, when Frederick finds a black egg, he encounters Tug, who tells him that the egg can grant him anything he has ever imagined. Frederick, who is an orphan, jumps at the chance. He receives lots of great things, but he has to do one thing: do not eat the egg. He does his job well, but then he asks Tug if he can revive his parents, who died when he was young.

When Tug says he cannot, Frederick gets really mad and throws the egg as far as he can. Then he hears a knock on his door. When he opens it, he looks down to find a white rat sitting on the egg.

He says that he can give him his parents back if he swallows the egg, saying that it is technically not eating the egg. So Frederick swallows it and becomes very sick. Tug then gives up his own life to cure Frederick. After that, he feels sorry and cannot sleep. So the next day, he visits the river and looks at it sadly. However, when he gets home, he looks at the stairs and hears a THUMP. Knowing who it is, he smiles. So all and all, I loved this book mainly because it is like the story of creation in the Bible. So I would rate this book five stars.    

Mom's Thoughts

This is a book I received from NetGalley. I thought it would be good for the boys--I had already downloaded from the same publisher another book Mikey loved (review coming soon!) and figured it was a good bet. I didn't know it was a graphic novel! This book--and the two (1 and 2) that follow because it's a series--are perfect additions to the school library. All the kids want to read are graphic novels, and I've had a tough time finding ones that aren't too mature in content. The Cottonmouth series isn't violent, they have a great message, and the artwork is gorgeous. I asked Mikey if he wanted to comment on the artwork in his review, but all I received was a shrug and a "no thanks!" He appreciated the artwork; it was my suggestion he didn't appreciate. Hah! 


  1. Thanks for the review Mikey! I'm collecting books to bring to my nephew this summer--I do believe I'll have to add this one to the list.


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