Ruffleclaw is an earth monster who has a strange interest in humans. One day he decides to explore a human home and meets a little boy, named Tommy. Tommy decides he kind of likes Ruffleclaw, even though the monster is rude and destructive. Eventually he convinces his parents to let him keep Ruffleclaw as a pet.
I chose this as my intermediate of the week because of the author. Funke has written a lot of good fantasy books that I have enjoyed but I ended up not liking this book very much. The idea is ok. A little boy becomes attached to a monster who, though uncouth, has some endearing characteristics. The problem with this story is that the monster has no endearing characteristics. It really is just rude and destructive. So I ask myself, would a child like this? Maybe. Maybe the idea that a little creature could be totally naughty and still be loved could be really appealing to some child. Still, I am not going to go out and buy an extra copy of the book for the collection or anything.(102 p.)