Squirrel In the House – Vivian Vande Velde, illustrated by Steve Bjorkman

817myiqm-yl    Squirrel In the House – Vivian Vande Velde, illustrated by Steve Bjorkman, Holiday House, (9780823436330), 2016.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Humorous

What did you like about the book?   This is a rollicking laugh-out-loud story narrated by a squirrel who causes total chaos inside a home.  Squirrel lives in a maple tree in schoolyard and thus considers himself “a very well-educated squirrel.”  Squirrel spends a lot of time chatting with or being chased by the dog next door.  One cold winter day, squirrel is freezing and seems to remember the dog inviting him inside.  Using the “squirrel door” (the chimney) on the roof, the squirrel enters the home and chaos ensues. Readers will love the squirrel’s skewed viewpoint. “People LOVE squirrels. They put feeders out, just for us, high up off the ground so the dogs can’t reach them.   Sometimes birds eat our food, but we squirrels know its been put out for us, not them, because of the playgrounds so many people build around our feeders with rides for sliding and swinging and spinning on.”  Children and adults will love the humor. The plentiful pen and ink illustrations add to the fun and help break up the text for younger readers. The story is told in eleven short chapter making this a nice transition from chapter books for readers. This is the second adventure starring squirrel and dog after 8 Class Pets +1 Squirrel ÷1 Dog=Chaos.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?   No

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers who love animal stories and humor will enjoy this one.  

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:         11/27/16            

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