Late Night Reading
The day The Adventures of Rockford T. Honeypot arrived my kids and I were so excited. The book came in a beautiful amethyst colored package with a note from the author. (Both the package and the contents of the note were nods to the book.) When I opened the book I was very surprised and delighted to see it was signed by the author Josh Gottsegen. (This is actually only the second book I have owned that has been signed by the author.)
I sat down that night at bedtime and started reading it to my kids. I read a chapter and told them I would read some more the next night because it was time to go to bed. Once they were all tucked in I ran to my bedroom to continue reading. Y’all, I could not put The Adventures of Rockford T. Honeypot down. I had to finally put it down around midnight, with 5 chapters left to go, so I could get some sleep. (My kids wake up early.) When I woke up the next morning I finished the book. What did I think? Here are my thoughts.
Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of The Adventures of Rockford T. Honeypot in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I’m in love with it! I truly didn’t know what to expect when I started reading the book. I knew it was about a Chipmonk, Rockford T. Honeypot, but I didn’t know how extensive and imaginative the animal world the author created was going to be. The characters are so developed they pull you in and you can’t help but root for them and see parts of yourself in them. While reading I saw a little bit of myself in the main character, Rockford T. Honeypot, and I believe many individuals will as well. I am also a sucker for puns and play on word jokes and The Adventures of Rockford T. Honeypot is full of them!
Reading the book I laughed, marveled at the world created by the author, and yes I will admit I teared up at the end. (I won’t spoil it for you, but be prepared for a tear or two.) I can see The Adventures of Rockford T. Honeypot being made into a TV series or movie, but what I really am hoping for is for the book to be turned into a series. I need more Rockford T. Honeypot!
Ok for kids?
Definitely. (I am still reading a chapter every night with my kids, after having read it.) It is perfect for reading to younger kids who aren’t reading yet, or as a chapter book for older kids to read by themselves. The book does mention death, but there are no scary parts so if you have sensitive children they should be ok. I highly recommend adding it to your summer reading lists!
As a young chipmunk, shy, bookish Rockford T. Honeypot had dreams of thrilling adventures across the forest. However, timid of danger and germs, his only adventures were found in books and his imagination. When his family abandons him after a mistake that destroys their hazelnut business, Rockford sets off on a legendary journey beyond his wildest dreams. From exploring cuisines with a famous chef, training with ancient warrior monks, flying on giant hawks, finding true love, and much more, Rockford recounts his epic origin story of hardship, perseverance, and fortune.
About the Author: Josh Gottsegen
Los Angeles native Josh Gottsegen has a background in filmmaking and digital media and is the author of “Joosh’s Juice Bar,” an early elementary school children’s book series that encourages healthy eating habits through vivid illustrations and Dr. Seussian-style rhymes. Earning his BA in Film Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara, Gottsegen has won numerous awards for his short films and video productions. Starting professionally at NBCUniversal Interactive, later Josh Gottsegen moved into editing as well as other creative projects for the Walt Disney Company, Fox Corporation, IMG, and the NFL.
Where/How to Purchase: Available 06/23/20 on Amazon and Apple iBooks
Bonus Coloring Pages
If you or your kids end up loving The Adventures of Rockford T. Honeypot as much as I do then here is an extra special bonus for you. Coloring Pages!
It is not every day that books come with inspired recipes! All of these look good and would be great to make with the kids!