Girl Versus Squirrel (Hardcover)

By Hayley Barrett, Renée Andriani (Illustrator)

Margaret Ferguson Books, 9780823442515, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 11, 2020

List Price: 18.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.

Description

One resourceful girl. One determined squirrel. Great minds meet their match in this tale of persistence and learning that compromise can be a wonderful thing.

Pearl has built three bird feeders--one looks like a house, one looks like a tube, and one looks like a teacup because it is a teacup. After she fills the bird feeders she sits back to enjoy the show--until a squirrel scares the birds away and gobbles up all the peanuts in the teacup.

This will never do, and Pearl declares that girl versus squirrel is on.

She raises the teacup higher and higher and finally builds an obstacle course to deter the squirrel. Does she succeed? Of course not--but Pearl learns that sometimes it is best--and can even be fun--to find a way to compromise.

A strong alliterative text and bold graphic art make this perfect for reading out loud.

A Junior Library Guild Selection!


About the Author

Hayley Barrett is the author of Babymoon illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal and What Miss Mitchell Saw illustrated by Diana Sudyka. She lives outside of Boston, MA.

Renee Andriani has illustrated over twenty-five books, including Bunny Romero's White House Adventure: The Whole Megillah! written by Margie Blumberg and A Gefilte Fishy Tale by Allison and Wayne Marks. She works as an illustrator of books and cards, and as a graphic recorder, drawing in real time for audiences! She lives in the Kansas City area.


Praise For Girl Versus Squirrel

★ "Cartooned illustrations by Andriani (Dudley’s Day at Home) are loads of fun, capturing this backyard battle of wills from every angle. The real star, however, is the luscious text by Barrett (Babymoon), redolent with rousing G-rated expletives and rollicking proclamations that feel almost Shakespearean."Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
 
★ "A compelling and generous addition to picture book collections that can inspire young naturalists and builders, and create a well of empathy in storytimes."School Library Journal, Starred Review
 
"Any animal-lover will enjoy this creative, STEM powered book and appreciate its appended 'Squirrelly Facts.' . . . Dynamic illustrations capture the ingenuity of Pearl’s complex designs and the playfulness of the squirrel to deliver a story kids will go nuts for."Booklist

"Barrett’s high-energy narrative is filled with action verbs that give it a pleasingly crisp forward movement while Andriani’s illustrations are just as pleasingly varied in their presentation and keep up perfectly with the text. . . . Determination and perseverance—both girl’s and squirrel’s—are celebrated."—Kirkus Reviews