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by Lisa Moser ; illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev

Pub Date: June 11th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-7636-5726-0
Publisher: Candlewick

This squirrel is ready for adventure!

Take one appealing, energetic, spunky and absolutely indefatigable squirrel. Add a quiet mouse who loves his house, a slow-walking, fast-swimming turtle, and a rabbit full of habits, and you have the recipe for an advanced early reader replete with action, humor and warmth. The text has appropriately limited vocabulary with the occasional challenging word, a natural flow, generous onomatopoeia and just enough repetition to give young readers confidence and encouragement. Each chapter describes a different part of the day, and lively, engaging watercolor-and-ink illustrations show Squirrel as he valiantly attempts to include his friends in his very fun day but doesn’t quite manage to take into account their quirks and varying abilities. When Squirrel can’t find his friends, he pauses to reflect and realizes he may have made some mistakes. Will he ever be forgiven? A very happy surprise awaits.

Lovable characters, accessible text, and fresh, spirited illustrations combine nicely here to create a story even the most reluctant readers are sure to enjoy.

(Early reader. 5-8)