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The Underneath (2008)

av Kathi Appelt

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An old hound that has been chained up at his hateful owner's run-down shack, and two kittens born underneath the house, endure separation, danger, and many other tribulations in their quest to be reunited and free.
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Well that felt like someone hit me with a ton of bricks. I know a LOT of librarians who think this book is fabulously written but was very difficult for them to read because of it's sheer darkness. The book is mainly about an abused dog, an abandoned cat and her two kittens and weaves in myth,fable and magic. Hands down the book is definitely about abandonment, abuse, loss and regret. The only way I can describe my experience reading it though is beautifully tedious. It's clear that Applet knows how to write beautiful prose and can create a compelling narrative but at times I just wanted something to happen. The multiple story threads and the heavy poetic prose drag the speed of the story to a snail's pace. You`d think that Applet`s use of short 1-3 page chapters would quicken the read but in fact it drags out the narrative even more. I`m glad I read it, I think it`s a beautiful book but I doubt I`d read it again. ( )
  scout101 | Sep 15, 2020 |
The animal cruelty was entirely too much for me. I really think that the cover of this book gives you absolutely no preparation for what's inside. It looks like a James Howe or Dick King-Smith book, and yet it was so upsetting that I actually flipped to the end of the book to see if the illustrations would tell me if the main characters lived or died.

Yes, it is cleverly written, if a tad overly-reminiscent of [book: Because of Winn-Dixie] and [book: Tale of Desperaux].

I would not be comfortable recommending this to anyone. ( )
  amandabock | Dec 10, 2019 |
A calico cat, about to have kittens, hears the lonely howl of a chained-up hound deep in the backwaters of the bayou. She dares to find him in the forest, and the hound dares to befriend this cat, this feline, this creature he is supposed to hate. They are an unlikely pair, about to become an unlikely family. Ranger urges the cat to hide underneath the porch, to raise her kittens there because Gar-Face, the man living inside the house, will surely use them as alligator bait should he find them. But they are safe in the Underneath...as long as they stay in the Underneath.

Kittens, however, are notoriously curious creatures. And one kitten’s one moment of curiosity sets off a chain of events that is astonishing, remarkable, and enormous in its meaning.
  Gmomaj | Dec 5, 2019 |
The beginning is a little confusing as each chapter is about different characters:
there's a boy abused by his father and his mother ran away, he becomes Gar Face
then a cat abandoned by her family who is expecting kittens and hears the mournful song of a hound dog
the hound dog belongs to Gar Face and his name is Ranger
there's an alligator king hunted by Gar Face and Grandmother Moccasin who is a shape shifter and she is searching for her daughter
and there's also the story of the trees
Everyone's story comes together interwoven like the branches of the bayou where it takes place along the border of Texas and Louisiana.
The characters and descriptions are amazing. I read this book aloud to my young son and he enjoyed the story of the animals in the Underneath more than the story of the humans.
The book is suspenseful and you don't know what will happen until the very end when it actually happens.
AMAZING story and a family treasure.
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  VhartPowers | Dec 27, 2018 |
Didn’t grab me and I think it’s a hard sell for kids.
  valorrmac | Sep 21, 2018 |
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