Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mr. Squirrel and the Moon - a book review

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child."   -Dr. Seuss

Today's featured book:

Title:  Mr. Squirrel and the Moon
Author and Illustrator:  Sebastian Meschenmoser
Ages:  4-8

Let's take a peek inside shall we?

About the book:

This book is clever, whimsical and the illustrations really drive the whole story.  A little squirrel wakes up one morning and finds the moon has crashed into his tree.  How in the world could the moon fall out of the sky and land right near his home?  He starts pondering and then gets scared because what if someone thought he stole it?  Oh my.  He may be labelled a thief and end up in jail.  What is he to do?  

He decides to roll that big, old heavy moon (which is really a runaway wheel of cheese that has gone rogue off a farmer's cart and finally plunks down on Mr. Squirrel's branch) out of sight so he has no chance of incrimination by the other animals around him.  

Unfortunately the moon drops with a thud and lands right on top of Mrs. Hedgehog and gets quite stuck in her bristles.  Oh my.  How to set her free from such a heavy burden?  Along comes a billy-goat who takes it upon himself to butt the moon with his horns, thus relinquishing Mrs. Hedgehog to freedom.  The cheesy moon hangs on to Billy Goat really tight and won't give him his head back.  Oh my.

Enter a swarm of mice ready to save the day, and save the day they do!  They eat the goat to freedom, a very tough job but someone has to do it right?  All the animals feel conviction and feel that if they do not return the moon to it's rightful place in the sky they ALL might end up in jail. Together they devise a creative plan to wing it back into the night sky where it belongs. After a hectic, worrisome, successful adventure the animals settle down to look up into the sky and see the fruits of their labor....well really not fruit ..... but the cheese of their labour.  I think this is a book that both adults and kids will throughly enjoy.

About the author:

Sebastian Meschenmoser was born in Frankfurt am Main in 1980. He has been studying Fine Arts in Mainz since 2001.With „Learning how to Fly” he published his first book with Esslinger in 2005. This very special gift book has received a lot of attention in the media and the book world. The illustrations from it were chosen from over 2,700 entries and the book was presented at the Children's Book Fair in Bologna as one of the most innovative new publications back then. As an accomplished artist with several exhibitions to his name, Sebastian Meschenmoser is among Germany’s most successful and admired young illustrators for children.

Book review rating:  8 (Fantastic!)

Read on and read always!  

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