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Cottonmouth and the End

Title: Cottonmouth and the End
Series: Cottonmouth #3
Author: C. S. Fritz
Publisher: David C Cook
Publishing date: May 1 2015
ISBN: 9781434706911
Purchase Link: Amazon.co.uk

Synopsis: Not everyone has a furry beast for a best friend. But Freddie does. Tug loved Freddie so much he gave his life for him, then came back to life and left the boy with three mysterious gifts. Now Freddie’s determined to find Tug … but to do so, he must first discover the secrets of the gifts.

My Review:

Cottonmouth and the End is the conclusion to the story of Freddie and his journey. Yellowthroat is still with him. The dark land he has entered will again test him, and he meets Menson the Deceiver again. In this book the parallel to the Gospel is much clearer than in the first two, but the story can still be enjoyed without adding religious dogma to the interpretation. It is a story of spiritual growth and moral. It shows us that there is nothing to be feared in the dark other than our own mind. Tug the King of the Great Blue makes a grand Aslanic entrance back into the story after Freddie has faced his final trials. All loose ties are tied up in the ending, I know where Freddie is going, I know where his parents are and I have a feeling of completion.
Again, the illustrations are great, but simplistic, and they are accompanying the words rather than drawing all the attention.

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Cottonmouth and the Great Gift

Title: Cottonmouth and the Great Gift
Series: Cottonmouth #2
Author: C. S. Fritz
Publisher: David C Cook
Publishing date: September 1st, 2014
ISBN: 9781434706904
Purchase Link: Amazon.co.uk

Synopsis:When his best friend comes back to life, Freddie is determined they’ll never be apart again. But to find him, Freddie must rely on three mysterious gifts Tug left him.

My review:

Again we meet little Freddy who is alone in his house. It takes a little while before Tug shows up with the task he has for Freddie. Alone, with only a bird, Yellowthroat, as a friend Freddie has to set out on a dangerous mission, to deliver a black egg to a sad girl.
The illustrations are still as spectacular and simplistic as in the previous book. The narrative is easy to follow and it’s just enough text.

“Tug was silent for what felt like many long minutes, and right as Frederick was opening his mouth to break the silence, Tug spoke listen very closely …Frederick. I have to tell you something very important. I need you to do something for me. I need you to go and deliver something to someone who is in grave despair. I don’t want you to be naïve, Frederic, this is a dangerous thing I ask of you.”

It is easy to see how this story is a retelling of the ascension of Christ into heaven as an adult reading the story, but the hints are not overwhelming which makes the book readable outside of a religious context as well. It is a story of struggles and friendship, which everyone can relate to.

Cottonmouth and the River

Title: Cottonmouth and the River
Series: Freddie Cottonmouth #1
Author:C. S. Fritz
Publisher: David C Cook
Publishing date: May 1st, 2014
ISBN: 9780781410335
Purchase Link: Amazon.co.uk

Synopsis: Meet Freddie Cottonmouth – A Boy Who Loves the River, Big Adventures, and a Furry Beast named Tug.

My Review:
The story of the lonely boy Cottonmouth, is a rather sad one. The little boy has lost both his parents, and he lives in an empty house alone. Every day he goes to the river, hoping for his parents to return. It is rather unclear whether his parents left him or if they died, though from the sound of the story I would guess that they are dead.
The monster Tug is a rather interesting character, and made me think of “Where the Wild Things Are” though he does not possess the anger or “the Wild Things”
The simplicity of the illustrations adds to this rather straight forward story. Cottonmouth finds an egg that can grant him anything he wishes (but not the return of his parents), but he must never eat it. Of course he is struck with temptation, and must face the consequences of his actions. It is a very moralistic sort of story.
The story is rather grim, but it has a few up-notes. It’s ending has a pretty clear hint to what’s to come next.

Day 29: Book you’re currently reading

I’ve just started reading “Cottonmouth and the River” by  C. S. Fritz, which is a book I’m reading to review.

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.