Squirrelly Gray

Squirrelly Gray

by James Kochalka
     
 

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SQUIRRELLY GRAY LIVES in a world without color. His TV is the only fun he has. (And it's really not much fun.)

But tonight is an unusual night for the young squirrel. First he meets the Tooth Fairy, who is very nice. And then he meets the Hungry Fox, who is not so nice. So turn off that TV, Squirrelly Gray - the fun is just beginning!

Mixing playful verse with

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Overview

SQUIRRELLY GRAY LIVES in a world without color. His TV is the only fun he has. (And it's really not much fun.)

But tonight is an unusual night for the young squirrel. First he meets the Tooth Fairy, who is very nice. And then he meets the Hungry Fox, who is not so nice. So turn off that TV, Squirrelly Gray - the fun is just beginning!

Mixing playful verse with comics-inspired illustration, James Kochalka has created a unique picture book and an imaginative fable that will have kids rooting for the always adorable, sometimes courageous Squirrelly Gray.

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Children's Literature
Vermont cartoonist and alternative rocker Kochalka (a.k.a. Hockey Monkey) has combined verse and cartoon art in this introduction to his latest character, a cute little gray squirrel. Squirrelly, who lives in a gray world of boring TV, rescues the Tooth Fairy. As a reward, she gives him a magic acorn with a surprise inside. Trying to open the acorn, Squirrelly encounters a toothy villain, Hungry Fox, who carries a club like a vulpine Hercules. A blow from the club cracks open the acorn, releasing its magic colors, thus creating the first rainbow and bringing color to the world (and, incidentally, turning the club into a flower). This is some expansive pourquoi tale! Unfortunately, it does not make much story sense and its lame rhymes are superfluous, since kids can understand the story perfectly well by looking at the cartoon panels. Kochalka’s cartooning ability far exceeds his literary skills; Squirrelly Gray might be more vivid and original as a pure graphic novel. Still, some young fans may enjoy hearing the verses read aloud. Later, they can examine the graphics in more detail or even try to create a short cartoon book themselves. The book’s format features a neat square shape, with a silver-streaked cover and attractively designed endpapers. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
Kirkus Reviews
Here, alternative-comics-artist Kochalka looks to a younger audience with a mixed-format tale featuring a bored squirrel who has adventures once he turns his TV off. The rhymed text is not only clunky-"Young Squirrelly Gray lived in a tree / And spent his time in bed, / Just watching static on TV, / Quite bored out of his head"-but superfluous, as the art and dialogue in the accompanying cartoon panels tell the entire story. Venturing out into the gray, rainy world, Squirrelly rescues the Tooth Fairy from a spider web, gets a magic acorn in return and is then accosted by a hungry fox ("Are you in need of assistance, my succulent young fellow?"), who inadvertently breaks the nut open to release a dazzling rainbow across suddenly blue skies. It's all a bit slight, but the shiny cover, simply drawn art and jaunty protagonist will draw readers. (Picture book. 6-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375839757
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/28/2007
Series:
Picture Book Series
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
7.38(w) x 7.29(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
2 - 7 Years

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