Bird and Squirrel All Tangled Up

 
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Bird and Squirrel All Tangled Up
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Release Date
January 29, 2019
ISBN
978-1338251753
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When Red has to go spend the night helping Grandmole, Bird and Squirrel are put in charge of taking care of Squirrel's daughter, Birdie. But Birdie wants to go with her mom because staying home is so BORING! So Bird convinces Squirrel (despite his better judgment) to have some fun while Red is gone. And as far as Bird is concerned, nothing is more fun than setting off in search of the most elusive creature of the forest: Bigfoot! And even though Squirrel teaches Birdie that being prepared is always best, nothing can prepare them for the crazy adventures ahead!

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Red, Squirrel, and Birdie are a happy family, but Squirrel is very anxious about letting Birdie do anything at all risky. When Red has to deliver some herbs downstream and needs to be away for a few days, Birdie is looking forward to doing exciting things like river rafting. Squirrel says no to all of these exciting activities, wanting Birdie to read quietly indoors. When Bird arrives and claims to have seen Bigfoot, Birdie wants to go investigating. Bird points out to Squirrel that it's better for Birdie to learn survival skills while they are with him so that when he is on his own, he will be alright. Reluctantly, Squirrel agrees. The groups runs into dangerous spiders and has a few close calls, but Birdie has an exciting time and learns important lessons about confronting danger appropriately, with his father and friend at his side.
Good Points
This early reader graphic novel is in full color, and the pages are filled with bright, sunny colors that slowly change as the group grapples with the spider. The characters are all very distinctive, and the expressions on their faces appropriately goofy and engaging.

The story is a good one, especially for parents who want to protect their children from imagined harm. Squirrel's nightmares always showcase Birdie being lost or having run away, even though he is always by Squirrel's side. Bird is a nice foil and helps Squirrel give Birdie some much needed space.

It's nice to see that Birdie isn't daunted by his father's fears, but feels that he is strong and ready to tackle anything, despite Squirrel's insistence that he must be protected. When the group is caught out in a storm, though, I'm not sure that their decision to stay with a fox is a particularly good one, even if she is very old and turns out to be well meaning!

Readers who are just starting to get through beginning chapter books will find the format, text size, and plot just right for their abilities, and can add the Bird and Squirrel series to books like Braddock's Stinky Cecil, Eaton's Flying Beaver Brothers, Blabey's Bad Guys or Winnick's Hilo.
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