The Incredible Adventures of Scruffer & Co – Part 1 by John Serbin

The Incredible Adventures of Scruffer & Co – Part 1 by John Serbin
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (200 pages)
Age Recommendation: 8+
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

A self-centered teddy bear becomes real and has to learn how to live in this new reality. He is soon joined by other teddy bears with differing personalities. Together, they embark on a series of comical adventures as only fun loving teddy bears can.

If you enjoy the characters and humor of Calvin and Hobbs, The Far Side, and Peanuts, you will definitely fall in love with this comical company of teddy bears as they experience the world from their unique perspective.

Who would have guessed that a teddy bear could be this mischievous?

This was one of the funniest books I’ve read in a long time. Nicholas, later known as Scruffer, was a stubborn bear who didn’t understand why his humans were telling him to do certain things and avoid doing other things. His behavior lead to plenty of accidents and misunderstandings as he adjusted to life outside of the store where he’d waited for so long to be chosen. I grinned every time he felt that old, familiar urge to play by his own rules because I couldn’t wait to see how it would turn out for him this time.

I found it hard to stay interested in the plot because of how slowly it moved. There were several periods of time when nothing much was happening at all. While I liked all of the characters quite a bit, they needed to have more problems to solve and conflicts to face to keep my attention. Knowing what teddy bears like to eat for certain meals and snacks was amusing, but I needed more than that to stay connected to their story.

My favorite scenes were the ones where the characters had long conversations about all kinds of topics. Nicholas had plenty of strong opinions, and he wasn’t afraid to share them with anyone who was listening. I’d never thought about the idea of a toy behaving this way, so it was entertaining to see how he reacted to the new places and ideas his humans shared with him.

The Incredible Adventures of Scruffer & Co – Part 1 should be read by anyone who has ever secretly wondered what stuffed animals do when humans aren’t watching them.

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