The Perilous Performance at Milkweed Meadow

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About the Author

Elaine Dimopoulos is the author of The Remarkable Rescue at Milkweed Meadow and Turn the Tide, a middle-grade novel-in-verse inspired by real-world environmental activism. She is also the author of Material Girls, a young adult dystopian novel. Elaine served as the Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence and has taught writing at Simmons University and GrubStreet. She lives in Massachusetts with her family.

Caldecott medalist Doug Salati is the the author and illustrator of Hot Dog, which won the 2023 Caldecott Medal. He is also the illustrator of several books for children, including Pip and Zip and Lawrence in the Fall.


♦ Lovable lagomorph and remarkable raconteur Butternut details how the denizens of Milkweed Meadow narrowly missed a night of terror.
"I know you're here for the story of the fearsome fire in the oak forest." As in The Remarkable Rescue at Milkweed Meadow (2023), Butternut immediately hooks readers. She then weaves a spellbinding tale that includes animal characters as well as Thalia, the "little female human" who's secretly friends with Butternut. An acting troupe of wild turkeys--led by the eloquent Monty, who speaks in a Shakespearean cadence--have come to invite the meadow animals to take part in their summer show. Unfortunately, Butternut's the only auditioning rabbit from her colony not to be cast. While she deals with disappointment, other developments arise. Will the blue jays let the turkeys use their eggs as props in the show? Why is that young gobbler Franklin so bad-tempered? Should the local rabbits, birds, and frogs be concerned about a circling hawk and a hovering raccoon? Are humans trustworthy? Suspense builds to a narrowly averted crisis that's much darker than in the previous tale, but all's well that ends well. Dimopoulos is as gifted a storyteller as her endearing hero, and she deftly folds in alliteration, theater terms, nature facts, and sparkling humor. Butternut's musings and observations are thought provoking and perceptive. Thalia appears light-skinned in Salati's delightful spot art.
Whimsical, witty, wise.

--Kirkus Reviews, starred review