'''''Tales From Dimwood Forest''''', also known as ''The Poppy Stories'', are a series of books by prolific young adult author Avi, centering around the inhabitants of the titular forest.

The series starts with ''Poppy'', telling of the titular character and her family's troubles with the owl Mr. Ocax. After Ocax kills her fiance Ragweed, Poppy embarks on a quest to keep her family safe, befriending a porcupine named Ereth and freeing the forest of Mr. Ocax's extortionary reign in the process.

From there, the series deals with the consequences of Ragweed's death for Poppy and his family, while beavers are destroying their home. Poppy gains a {{love interest}} in Ragweed's brother Rye. Later books include a {{prequel}} about Ragweed and ADayInTheLimelight for Ereth.

!!!The full series includes:
* ''Poppy'' (1995)
* ''Poppy and Rye'' (1998)
* ''Ragweed'' (1999)
* ''Ereth's Birthday'' (2000)
* ''Poppy's Return'' (2005)
* ''Poppy and Ereth'' (2009)

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!!! Tropes found in ''Tales From Dimwood Forest'':
* ActionGirl: Poppy becomes one.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: The ending to ''Poppy and Ereth''.
* AnimalTalk
* AttendingYourOwnFuneral: Poppy in ''Poppy and Ereth'' does so to show that she is actually alive.
* BabiesEverAfter: In the final chapter of ''Poppy'', Poppy is revealed to have had children with Rye.
* BadassAdorable: Poppy.
* BadassGrandpa: Ereth.
* BatOutOfHell: Subverted by the bats in ''Poppy and Ereth''. They are often thought of as being unpleasant by other animals, but prove to be friendly [[spoiler:and end up saving the day]].
* BearsAreBadNews: A bear and its cub briefly threaten Poppy in ''Poppy's Return''.
* BigBad: Mr. Ocax in ''Poppy'', Castor Canad in ''Poppy and Rye'', Silversides in ''Ragweed'', and Marty in ''Ereth's Birthday''.
* BigDamnHeroes: Ereth, frequently.
** [[spoiler:The fox kits save ''him'']] in ''Ereth's Birthday''.
** Mephitis saves Poppy from a bear in ''Poppy's Return''.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: The beavers pretend to be friendly and understanding, but actually care only about expanding their lake.
* BlitheSpirit: Ragweed formerly served as this while with Poppy's family.
* CarnivoreConfusion: The series generally takes the "predation is a fact of life" approach. Interestingly, predators portrayed as being villainous often spin a variation on this, holding grudges against and manipulating specific individuals, and tend to have other agendas besides satisfying their hunger.
* CatsAreMean: Played with in ''Ragweed''. The villainess and TheDragon are cats with an agenda of destroying all mice, but when they try to recruit followers the rest of the city's cats aren't interested in joining them.
* TheCavalry: [[spoiler:The bats]] in ''Poppy and Ereth''.
* ChangedMyMindKid: [[spoiler:Ereth]] in ''Poppy and Rye''.
* CharacterTics: Poppy's mother, Sweet Cicely, is mentioned to have one in that she constantly flicks at her ears "as if they were dusty."
* CharacterTitle: ''Poppy'', ''Poppy and Rye'', ''Ragweed'', ''Poppy and Ereth''.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Ragweed's earring]] in ''Poppy and Ereth''.
** The boulder the mice move under in ''Poppy and Rye''.
** The block of salt in ''Poppy''.
* ChekhovsGunman: The fox that chases Poppy into Ereth's log in the first book gets a name (Bounder) and a larger role in ''Ereth's Birthday'' [[spoiler:and ''Poppy and Ereth'']].
** The bats in ''Poppy and Ereth''.
* ChekhovsSkill: Blinker's experience with running on a wheel.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Mephitis isn't even mentioned in the last book.
* CoolOldGuy: Ereth, once one gets over his abrasive mannerisms. Poppy eventually becomes one as she ages.
* DarkSecret: [[spoiler:Mr. Ocax is afraid of porcupines and the fake owl at New House. He lies to the mice about porcupines being bloodthirsty predators and stops them from moving to New House to prevent them from finding this out (and thus discovering ways to protect themselves from him).]]
* DavidVersusGoliath: Whenever the mice go up against their much larger enemies.
* ADayInTheLimelight: ''Ereth's Birthday'' for Ereth.
* DeadGuyJunior: Ragweed Jr.
* ADeathInTheLimelight: Narrowly averted for Ereth.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Rye is this to Poppy in ''Poppy and Rye''.
* DistressedDude: [[spoiler:Rye is held hostage by the beavers for most of the climax in ''Poppy and Rye'']].
* DoomedByCanon: Ragweed. Particularly jarring for those who start the series with ''Ragweed'', since he dies in the first couple pages of ''Poppy''.
* TheDragon: Graybar for Silversides.
* EnemyMine: [[spoiler:Bounder and Poppy in ''Poppy and Ereth''.]]
* FeatheredFiend: Mr. Ocax.
* FinalExamFinale: ''Poppy and Ereth''.
* FiveManBand: In ''Ragweed'':
--> TheLeader: Ragweed
--> TheLancer: Clutch
--> TheSmartGuy: Blinker
--> TheBigGuy: Dipstick
--> TheHeart: Lugnut
** In particular, Clutch, Lugnut, and Dipstick form an ''actual'' band, with Clutch on guitar and Dipstick on drums.
* ForegoneConclusion: Since Rye was introduced as Poppy's husband in the final chapter of ''Poppy'', the reader knows he and Poppy will fall in love in ''Poppy and Rye''.
* GenerationXerox: Ragweed Jr. Later on, ''his'' son Spruce.
* GrumpyOldMan: Ereth.
* HeelFaceTurn: Blinker. Not that he was ever malicious to begin with.
* HerHeartWillGoOn: Ragweed for Poppy.
* HeroicBSOD: Poppy's father, Lungwort, after Mr. Ocax presents him with a SadisticChoice: [[spoiler: let Poppy be killed by Ocax or have the rest of the mouse family starve]].
* ImprovisedWeapon: Ereth already uses his quills as weapons, but the mice make use of his ''shed'' ones as well.
** They also use sticks, stones, and mud in the battle against the beavers.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Poppy and Ereth. Of course, Poppy, being a mouse, ages quickly and is quite old herself by the end of the series.
* InterspeciesRomance: Poppy (a deer mouse) and Ragweed, and later Rye (both golden mice).
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Ereth, big time.
* LighterAndSofter: The last two books have no true villain.
* TheLostLenore: Ragweed is a male example of this to Poppy.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Clutch and Blinker.
* MeaningfulName: Almost everyone. The forest mice tend to be named after plants that symbolize their personalities while the city mice are named after car parts. Several characters (notably Ereth) have names derived directly from their species' scientific names.
* TheMole: Silversides forces Blinker to be one. Naturally, he isn't comfortable with it and does a HeelFaceTurn later.
* OfficialCouple: Rye and Poppy.
* ParentalSubstitute: Ereth unwillingly serves as one for three fox kits for some time.
* PluckyGirl: Poppy.
* PredatorsAreMean: Other than the beavers, all the antagonists are predators of the main characters. Interestingly though, said antagonists tend to have other personal reasons for harming the heroes besides just hunger.
* PricklyPorcupine: Ereth.
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Poppy in ''Poppy and Ereth''.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Played straight and subverted with Rye. It's played straight in that his very first appearance is in the last chapter of ''Poppy'', where he's introduced in only the final few pages as Poppy's husband and the father of her children, with nothing known about him beyond that, but it's subverted in ''Poppy and Rye'', where he gets a personality and backstory.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Ereth.
* SecondLove: Rye is this for Poppy.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: Golden mice, grasshopper mice, pygmy mice, and fishers.
* SettleForSibling: Poppy eventually marries Rye, Ragweed's younger brother.
* ShownTheirWork: The animals' habits and appearances are portrayed extremely accurately.
* SmellySkunk: Mephitis.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler:Rye]] in ''Poppy and Ereth''.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Salt for Ereth.
* TragicKeepsake: Ragweed's earring. Which ironically belonged to Clutch, but Poppy never finds that out.
* WelcomeToTheBigCity: Ragweed's installment.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Rye.
* TheWorfEffect: After doing the BigDamnHero part in the previous two books he appeared in and generally being an irritable grump who does whatever and goes wherever he wants, Ereth is stalked and attacked by a fisher, the one predator that knows how to reliably hunt porcupines, in his own DayInTheLimelight.
* WouldHitAGirl: Mr. Ocax has no qualms with trying to kill Poppy. Nor does Bounder. Which is to be expected, as they are [[PredatorsAreMean predators]] and food is food regardless of what gender it is.
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