Lovable characters, accessible text, and fresh, spirited illustrations combine nicely here to create a story even the most reluctant readers are sure to enjoy.
Gorbachev’s earth-toned ink-and-watercolor illustrations amplify the story’s buoyant humor and highlight the animals’ personalities… Ample art and Squirrel’s playfully repetitious speech tailor the story to emerging readers. True to life, there are some bumps in the road, but the feel-good ending cements this quartet’s friendship.
Squirrel’s repetitive speech patterns reinforce his character and give newer readers some relief decoding this fun-filled drama. The expressive pen-and-watercolor illustrations in varied layouts are perfectly placed with the text. A great, great, great addition to delight fans of Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad Are Friends (HarperCollins, 1970) and Wong Herbert Yee’s Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole (Houghton Mifflin, 2005).
—School Library Journal
…capture[s] the pleasures of a hectic, productive day and the exhilarating, if sometimes fraught, process of winning friends.
—The Wall Street Journal