A Review of The Tried and True Tales of Phineas Ichabod Rate by McKenzie Ruth

The Tried and True Tale of Phineas Ichabod Rate is the journey of a boy to find his dog. A lost boy and a lost dog who found each other but then lost each other. On one fateful night they were both hit by a car. Christopher was taken to the hospital, flyer was left behind. At the hospital it was determined that Christopher is in a coma with brain bleeds. Christopher’s hero is a cartoon Dog-man name Phineas Ichabod Rate. Phineas comes to Christopher’s rescue and starts him on a journey that will save him and his dog.

Upon beginning this story I felt is was very cheesy and goofy with a Wizard of Oz meets Alice in Wonderland vibe. But as the story progressed, it became so much more. Not a children’s book, but one for the millenials that still have the kid in them, this novel is littered with pop culture references and deals with political issues as well, taking shot after shot at the far right.

The book progresses nicely in seriousness, showing the boy grow and mature emotionally through the way he deals with the motley assortment of characters. It has you falling in love with his friends as he does and by the end of the book the emotions are almost unbearable.

To save I love this book is an understatement. I was gifted this book for an honest review and I have no problem singing its praises. I normally do not reread books but I will buy this book and read it again without a doubt.


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