A Runtamuffin Tale Book Review

A Runtamuffin Tale by Melissa Taylor Book Review

A Runtamuffin Tale is a children’s book that showcases a bucolic farm life and relationships between animals with an anthropomorphic flair. Semi-centered on a tiny hen called Runtamuffin (“Runti”), author Melissa Taylor based the story on the adventures of her real-life chickens on the farm. Melissa Taylor | 2017 | Hardcover | Illustrated by Marc Beauregard | 57 pp

The story begins with a group of girls surprising a farmer with a clutch of chicks. The chicks are named one by one: Nessie, Phatty, Patty, Sally, Scrambled, Benedict and so forth. When they came to the smallest chick, they decided to name her Runtamuffin and gave her lots of special attention.


The chicks grow into hens, go from a coop to a cozy hen house, and are able to be let outside. From there, the story moves into the direct relationships between Runti and the other animals on the farm. Initial impressions fail to solidify with a dog, a horse, and a new puppy. We watch as Runti goes from apprehension to appreciation for a dog, from jealousy to camaraderie with a horse, and from annoyance to acceptance with a new puppy.

Runti may be a tiny creature, but her size doesn’t keep her from making herself known and following up on her natural curiosity. A Runtamuffin’s Tale is a sweet and simple story filled with lessons on friendship and the different worlds we can live when a new friendship is cultivated.

Currently only available on the author’s website, A Runtamuffin Tale can be downloaded or ordered in hardcover.

A Runtamuffin Tale
By Melissa Taylor

A Runtamuffin Tale

Rebecca Skane is the editor-in-chief for the Portsmouth Review. She holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree from Lawrence University in Wisconsin and resides in Portsmouth, NH with her husband and two children. She is the founder of The Portsmouth Book Club which boasts over 1,000 members. She also doubles as a professional escapist. Her genres are scifi and fantasy, both adult and young adult - but she often reads outside of her preferred genres. You can follow her on GoodReads. Aside from her love of good books, she is a professional website developer, content editor, and SEO expert. You can visit her web design and development site at RebeccaSkane.com.

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