*Mr. Squirrel and the Moon by Stephen Meschenmoser. NorthSouth, 2014. 32 pages.
Reading Level: Picture books, Ages 0-4, Ages 4-8
Recommended For: Ages 0-4, Ages 4-8
When Mr. Squirrel awakes one morning to find something round and bright yellow in his tree, his distraught imagination runs away with him. Someone must have stolen the moon and dropped it in his tree! Envisioning life in a jail cell if he is found in possession of stolen goods, he does all he can to get rid of it. Unfortunately, things go from bad to worse as he pushes the moon out of the tree and it gets stuck on Hedgehog, and then Goat interferes and everyone is stuck with the evidence.
Meschenmoser’s drawings are extraordinary. With pencil and minimal color he manages to show great emotion, and the humor in this story is fantastic. Mr. Squirrel’s idea of life in prison includes a nonchalant cellmate passing the time with embroidery, and an increasingly crowded cell as the other animals get involved.
The endpapers are essential to understanding this hilarious story which brings delight to readers of all ages. A worthwhile addition to any library.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5
Worldview Rating: 4.75 out of 5
Artistic Rating: 5 out of 5
Categories: picture books, starred review, humor, animals
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*indicates starred review