Friday, December 2, 2016

Squirrel in the house by Vivian Vande Velde, illustrated by Steve Bjorkman

I reviewed the first book in this "series" quite a few years ago. At the time, I wasn't particularly impressed, however the kids liked it and I purchased it. Now, 4 years later, another book has been added this one featuring only the squirrel Twitch and I liked it much better! (also, I'm not currently on decongestants, but that could change at any time).

Twitch knows that he is much more interesting than the dog. After all, if the dog (Cuddles) was really the man's best friend, why is he tied up to a tree? (convenient for dropping walnuts on his head, but still...) Twitch is delighted when he notices a custom-made door to the Inside just for him - a chimney! Once Inside, things get even more exciting with crashing lamps, screaming people, and frantic Cuddles. Naturally, this is nothing to do with Twitch - he is a valued guest after all!

After a while, Twitch finds the Inside, although fun, is a bit too exciting for him and goes back home. But then he sees a young human in trouble. Can he get Cuddles to understand and help him save the human?

This wacky, nonsensical story has a much smoother flow than the previous title and kids who like fast-paced, silly stories will enjoy whipping through it. Bjorkman's pen illustrations are an added bonus with frantic chase scenes and wild destruction.

Verdict: This is best suited to children who are ready for slightly higher level beginning chapter books but the humor is easily picked up and it's a light, funny story. Recommended to add to your beginning chapter book offerings.

ISBN: 9780823436330; Published 2016 by Holiday House; Borrowed from another library in my consortium

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