Jerry is a Squirrel. Jerry is also an inventor. The problem is that Jerry’s inventions rarely work out the way he wants them to.
Join Jerry the Squirrel on his fun and whacky adventures in the world of Arestana as he deals with annoying neighbors, out of control slippers and a tyrannical Squirrel-boss whose only leadership quality is his amazing hat.
This collection of ten stories is perfect for fun family reading, as bedtime stories, or just to sit back and enjoy a good read and some good laughs!
Table of Contents
1. Killer Slippers Part I 1
2. Killer Slippers Part II 11
3. Killer Slippers Part III 19
4. Nut Harvester 29
5. Cold Homes 43
6. Rental Part I 55
7. Rental Part II 67
8. Gary Smell 83
9. Nut Beetles Part I 93
10. Nut Beetles Part II 103
Arestana: The Key Quest 113
I am not a child, nor do I have small children and I have never played one on TV. But I loved reading Jerry the Squirrel. You get a glimpse of Mr. Robinson's since of humor in his introduction page. “Now, for those of you who like allegory or deeper meaning in books, please understand that this book is intended not to have deeper meaning or allegory. Feel free to search for it, but don't be disappointed if you come up with really insightful meanings for characters or experiences or places and at the end of the day....you're just wrong. Characters/places/etc. Do not represent anything else (even in the book). It's a fun book.” This collection of ten short stories is perfect for family reading or for a slightly older child to read on their own. Mr. Robinson has a great imagination and sense of humor. I can see why his children enjoyed these stories. I received a complementary copy of this beautiful book from the author and Brainswell Publishing through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Excellent children's story that this adult loved! I read the second book and then purchased this book even after receiving it as an ARC free from the author because it is that good. Wonderful story and wonderful characters. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Meet Jerry the squirrel and the inventor in Jerry the Squirrel by Shawn Robinson. Though he designed and built just about anything, many times his inventions did not work the way he wanted them to. Jerry’s bedroom had a bed, a work desk where he worked on his inventions, and two windows. Jerry was trying to jump from the end of his bed to the edge of his dresser and he leaped with all his might. He landed on the cold floor. Jerry kept wondering why he couldn’t get the jump right. That day he thought of inventing a machine that would make new slippers for him every morning. Would he succeed with his new invention of creating automatic slippers for himself? Jerry the Squirrel by Shawn Robinson is a funny story and Jerry’s antics will bring a smile to the faces of young readers. Jerry’s fun times with the automatic slippers that listen to all the commands are entertaining and it is interesting to see the slippers respond to his orders. One hundred squirrels want an identical pair of slippers like Jerry’s and Jerry takes their orders. The open ending sets the tone for Volume Two and, like me, young readers will be curious to know what will happen next. It is a good book for storytelling sessions in classrooms and school libraries and might encourage children to try their hand at inventing new things, just like Jerry does in this story.
Creative and really funny! This was a great set of short stories for us to read together before bed. Funny and creative--it had all of us laughing out loud. Really enjoyed it. Looking forward to volume 2!
Jerry the Squirrel makes fun bedtime reading for the younger audiences. Its repetition, benign characters, slow pace and short story format provide enough action to retain attention, but not enough to overstimulate.
his book, aimed primarily at children (of all ages), is a series of anecdotes about Jerry the Squirrel, a most inventive fellow. Jerry really does come up with the most MARVELOUS ideas--trouble is, his busy mind does not pause to considering the ramifications of what his creations may lead to. For example, warm slippers that automatically come at your beck and call to warm those chilly feet! But the slippers prove to be a few shades TOO clever. Well OK, how about an automated nut harvester? No? Well then, how about a giant heater to warm your home on those chilly winter days? These stories are inspired silliness; they made this adult laugh. I expect they might have a similar effect for children. The only thing this book lacks is illustrations. The author needs to befriend an imaginative and whimsical artist to bring his creatures to us visually. Still, I do highly recommend this book, just because it is so much fun to read. My thanks to author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing an advance copy to read and review.