Earl the Squirrel
By Don Freeman
(Viking Books, Hardcover, 9780670060191, 48pp.)
Publication Date: August 25, 2005
List Price: $15.99*
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Earl the Squirrel doesn t think of himself as spoiled, but his mother does. She decides it's high time Earl learns to find acorns for himself. There's only one problem he doesn t know where to look. Earl's friend Jill offers to help, but that's not what Earl's mother had in mind. So, wearing his bright red scarf, Earl sets off on his own for an action-packed acornfinding mission.
Striking black-and-white scratchboard art is accented by Earl's crimson scarf. The effect is classic, clean, and thoroughly recognizable as Don Freeman's signature style.
"Never before published, this breezy, droll tale…focuses on the rite of passage for an ingenious squirrel. Freeman serves up some laugh-out-loud images, as well as some affecting ones, in a tale well worthy of publication at last."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review