Bird & Squirrel on the Run!

Overview


Bird and Squirrel outwit Cat and become best friends in this zany adventure.

Squirrel is afraid of his own shadow. Bird doesn't have a care in the world. And Cat wants to eat Bird and Squirrel. Of course, he'll have to catch them first, and that's not going to be easy.

Join this trio as they head south for the winter in a hilarious road trip. But watch out! Cat is waiting around every bend, and he's one pesky...

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Overview


Bird and Squirrel outwit Cat and become best friends in this zany adventure.

Squirrel is afraid of his own shadow. Bird doesn't have a care in the world. And Cat wants to eat Bird and Squirrel. Of course, he'll have to catch them first, and that's not going to be easy.

Join this trio as they head south for the winter in a hilarious road trip. But watch out! Cat is waiting around every bend, and he's one pesky feline.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leona Illig
Squirrel and Bird could not be more different. Squirrel worries about everything and everyone, while Bird is a free spirit who never gives a thought to danger lying ahead. But danger there is, in the form of a mean cat whose mission is to catch both of them and eat them. Bird and Squirrel team up to elude the cat, and their complementary skills and abilities help them out of a number of scrapes. But part way into the book, both Squirrel and Bird decide to head out on a road trip down south, where there is plenty of food and warm weather. Along the way they run into a number of interesting characters, include a very gracious mole and his family; and, of course, the evil cat is always lurking not far behind. How Squirrel and Bird work together to defeat the cat and arrive at their destination forms the basis of this delightful comic. The amount of text in the cartoon "bubbles" is just right; it moves the story along without overwhelming the illustrations. To get the most out of this book, children should be encouraged to take turns reading the text aloud, and adults might assign the roles of Squirrel and Bird to different children. The illustrations are bright and colorful. Readers may pick up on similarities to "SpongeBob SquarePants," both in the way Squirrel is drawn, and in the story itself. As in most cartoons, the threat of death is frequently present, but in this book everything turns out well. Readers who like comics, crazy animals, and funny situations will enjoy this tale. Reviewer: Leona Illig
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Bird and Squirrel are unlikely friends. Bird is carefree, reckless, and always looking at the bright side of situations. Squirrel is nervous, pragmatic, and easily frightened. In an apparent homage to Aesop, the story begins with Squirrel anxiously gathering acorns for the winter while Bird flies around without any worries or responsibilities until he discovers that he's being stalked by a malicious cat. Despite the fact that he doesn't want to get involved, he finds himself coming to Bird's assistance and, after Squirrel's acorn trove is destroyed, the pair sets off on a southward adventure to escape the cold of winter and the cat's wrath. On the way, they encounter much comical misfortune and learn important lessons about friendship, teamwork, and enjoying life to its fullest. Young readers will enjoy the dynamic between the quirky duo and the humorous situations (and the clever yet slapstick ways in which they deal with them). The brightly colored panels and cartoon artwork attract the eye and complement the engaging, fast-paced story.—Rita Meade, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Burks manages to turn The Odd Couple into an adventure story. The Odd Couple is one of the most important stories in the history of Western culture. Oscar and Felix were archetypes when they were called Bert and Ernie and when they were called the Grasshopper and the Ant. In that tradition, Squirrel is a fussbudget who's afraid of beetles, spiders, running out of acorns and forgetting his toothbrush. Bird isn't afraid of anything and can usually be found flying upside down. The story only works if the characters get on each other's nerves. The problem here is that it works much too well. Bird is more annoying than Bert and Felix put together. Bird never stops talking, even when being chased by an enormous cat. That's the moment when Bird says, "Is it true that dogs are smarter than cats?" Some readers may decide to ignore the dialogue and just look at the pictures, which are so cinematic that you can almost see the cat's whiskers twitching. The character design is astounding. Squirrel's head is shaped like a little acorn (complete with cap), and even the trees look like fractal patterns, spiraling off the page. They say a picture is worth a thousand words; here's one story that would be better with no words at all. (Graphic adventure. 6-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545312837
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 349,580
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


James Burks has spent the last fifteen years working in the animation industry on various movies and television shows, including THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE, ATLANTIS, TREASURE PLANET, SPACE JAM, THE IRON GIANT, WOW WOW WUBBZY, and most recently on FAN BOY & CHUM CHUM. BIRD & SQUIRREL ON THE RUN is his first graphic novel for Scholastic. James lives Valencia, California.
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