Monday, July 23, 2018

It's Springtime, Mr. Squirrel! by Sebastian Meschenmoser

This Is The Time For Squirrel To Help Hedgehog Find  Love

Sebastian Meschenmoser is Among Germany's Most Successful Illustrators For ChildrenThis is the second of Meschenmouser's Squirrel, Hedgehog, and Bear picture books.

One morning Mr. Squirrel awakens to find that the world has changed. It's spring and everything is now bright and colorful.
It's spring!" roared the bear. Let's lie in the sun, stroll through the meadows, and fill our tummies with fine food!"
Mr. Squirrel takes Bear's advice, but Hedgehog has been to the lake and has spotted a lady hedgehog that he is head over heels excited about meeting. Squirrel, wanting to help, suggests the best way to gain her attention and heart is to show her how brave and strong he is.

Readers will laugh as Squirrel offers his assistance in helping his friend look fierce, which any squirrel should know is an important factor in impressing a lady. After concocting the perfect costume, Squirrel helps Hedgehog search for a suitable opponent.

Bear! The perfect opponent. So when Bear falls asleep after his large meal, the two jump on his back claiming fame and glory. The next step? Why taking the lady some beautiful flowers, of course. We see Hedgehog hold two yellow flowers as Mr. Squirrel pushes him toward the pond where his new lady resides.

What will they find at the pond?

My Thoughts

What Concerned Me:  Though Meschenmoser is a noted illustrator for children, I can't say I was taken with the scratchy, rather messy pencil drawings.


What I Liked Most: The text has some humor that is fun, however, I'm not sure if kids will totally appreciate it.

Author/Illustrator: Sebastian Meschenmoser

Translator: David Wilson

Publisher: NorthSouth Books (February 2018)

  • Approx. Word Count: 335
  • Ages:  4 - 8
  • Pages: 64
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