A day in the life of a squirrel for new readers.
Striking photographs of a gray squirrel are paired with short, declarative sentences in the first person that describe the actions each picture depicts. “I can run” is the first line, and it appears on verso opposite a recto photo of the squirrel, its body stretched into a taut horizontal form moving from left to right with the page turn. Ensuing spreads depict the squirrel hopping, sitting, jumping (quite spectacularly), and so on. Then, two spreads are devoted to the squirrel hiding after a hawk tries to catch it. The drama in this sequence rivals that captured by Nic Bishop in Joy Cowley’s Red-Eyed Tree Frog (1999). Never fear: the squirrel ends the book safe and sound, the final spread showing the barely visible squirrel face poking up and out of a hole in a burl. “I can peek” reads the accompanying text. Although the photography is crisp and clear, pages that depict the squirrel in a tree demonstrate perhaps too well how squirrel camouflage works—there is so little contrast between squirrel body and tree that it is a little hard to see.
A book new readers will want to take a peek at. (Early reader. 5-7)