WhipEye is a middle-grade adventure story about 12-year-old animal lover Samantha and the magical parrot she rescues from a pet store. Some people might call it stealing, as she absconds with the parrot without the pet store owner’s permission, but since Charlie the parrot (who happens to be one thousand years old) specifically asked Samantha to help him escape, it’s much more a rescue than a theft. The rest of the book details Samantha’s efforts to keep Charlie safe with help from her neighbor Jake and assorted other characters (humans, not-really-humans, animals, and not-really-animals).
I have to admit that I liked the concept of the book better than the book itself. I never found myself really drawn into the story, and found a big chunk of the middle quite tedious, in fact. I did finish the story, but I found myself having to force myself to pick it back up each time, and I only did so because I’d committed to reviewing the story. It’s not a bad book – just a bit monotonous for my tastes, with all the running and chasing. A middle school reader with a love of fantasy and/or animals could very well love this book, but it just wasn’t for me.
I received an ecopy of this book for my honest review; all opinions are my own.