Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon – A Fun Book for Kids!

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Ricky was the second book my husband and I worked on together. He is an adorable raccoon who gets into all kinds of trouble. Children will love reading about Ricky and all his mishaps all written in a delightful rhyme.

As with all Jemsbooks for children, Ricky teaches his young readers the important of listening to your mother.


There once was a raccoon named Ricky,

Who foraged without his mother too quickly.

He ran into a skunk

Into a lake he did dunk

Now Ricky’s feeling a little bit sickly!


Ricky is a rambunctious or very active raccoon who likes to wander around to find something new to eat. One night during his foraging for food Ricky runs into all kinds of trouble. 

Will Ricky get home safely? Will he learn his lesson to listen to his mother?

Check out these reviews from Amazon:

J L. Mitchell5.0 out of 5 starsAdventurous Little Raccoon!October 30, 2013Format: Kindle EditionAuthor Janice Spina writes a beautiful story about an adventurous little raccoon who likes to ‘sniff’ around for food
deep down in the dark forest, tiptoeing, searching and searching around rocks, sifting through pine straw, and smelly
garbage cans.

Little Ricky thinks that if he goes out at night, that no one would see him. But one night, Little Ricky didn’t obey his
mom and on this journey the curious little raccoon got himself into a tight spot. Read the book to see if he gets himself out
of a jam and enjoy the colorful illustrations by Illustrator John Spina. Wonderful lesson taught here and a great bedtime story
for kids of all ages. Also, be sure to pick up a copy of ‘Louey the Lazy Elephant’ by the talented writer, Janice Spina!

Highly recommended!

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CommentReport abuseAmazon Customer5.0 out of 5 starsWonderful night time shenanigans of a mischievous RaccoonOctober 14, 2013Format: Kindle EditionJanice captures the spirit of adventure in the narrative, whilst John captures the mischievous nocturnal activities of this rambunctious little raccoon perfectly with simple, clever and colorful illustrations. This enchanting little book delivers a beautiful story, simply told. As with her other book, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Janice Spina embeds a cautionary tale into the narrative designed to teach children a lesson, whilst entertaining them with the funny antics of this mischievous, but endearing fellow. Children will laugh at what happens to Ricky as he humorously tries to evade the creatures of the night, whilst his mother is looking for him. It’s unusual for the narrative to be set against a black background, but in the context of this story, it makes perfect sense, given that all the action takes place at night. It is another aspect of this story that will appeal to children and help them interpret the message and imagine the world in the story. Another great book, by a clever team of Author and Illustrator.

SRM-Reviews5.0 out of 5 starsKids Entertained While Taught an Important LessonOctober 14, 2013Format: Kindle EditionThe mystery of the world beyond beckons Ricky the raccoon, who by nature is rambunctious and high-spirited. One night, in his excitement to go hunting for delicious treats, Ricky ignores his mother’s calls and wanders off by himself, unsupervised. Ricky’s adventure does not go as planned as he meets with trouble. What kind of trouble did Ricky get himself into? Did he find his way home back to his mother? And, most importantly, did Ricky learn his lesson?

Author Janice Spina skillfully describes Ricky’s escapade and, cognizant of her audience’s age, manages not to scare but rather to entertain her readers while at the same drive home the important lesson that it is dangerous to wander off without parental supervision.

The Spina Team, Janice the author and John the illustrator, has done it again. When buying this lovely and entertaining book, be sure to pick up your copy of Janice Spina’s “Louey the Lazy Elephant” as well.

Valerie A. Ormond5.0 out of 5 stars“Read it Again!”September 10, 2014Format: PaperbackVerified PurchaseI think the words of five-year-old J.C. say it best: “Read it again!” Janice Spina’s “Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon” tells a lovely story in rhyme while gently teaching a lesson about rules. The illustrations are perfect with the story, thanks to the other half of the Spina duo, husband John. The Spinas obviously understand what will interest children, how long the story should be, and how to create suspense without scaring young minds. I look forward to sharing more of Janice and John Spina’s children’s books with the little ones and hearing them say “Read it again” each time.

Thank you for stopping over to read about adorable Ricky. Thank you for your kind support.


Blessings & Hugs!



About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 42 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 7 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 36 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on Amazon.com, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog http://jemsbooks.blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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16 Responses to Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon – A Fun Book for Kids!

  1. A really cute story, Janice. I wasn’t able to access your site at all over the past two days. I don’t know why.

  2. Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:
    Check out the children’s book, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon – A Fun Book for Kids!, by Janice Spina, as featured in this post from her blog.

  3. Jennie says:

    Cute story, Janice.

  4. Perfect book and series for sharing with our little ones… 🙂

  5. macjam47 says:

    This is such a cute story, Janice! My granddaughter loves when I read it to her. Love and hugs!

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