There’s a whole lot of shaking going on — and a funny final twist — as a series of hungry animals seek shelter in an obliging tree.
Mouse spots a nut high up in a tree. “Mmm,” she says. “I’m going to gobble that up!” So she shakes the tree a little to the right, and she shakes the tree a little to the left. But it isn’t the nut that falls from the tree, it’s Fox, who thinks that Mouse looks pretty tasty! Soon a warthog and then a bear come along with similar ideas. Little readers will enjoy the just-made-it escapes (and be happy to get in on the shaking action), only to laugh out loud when their expectations are foiled at the end.
Spare prose and simple art set a rhythm for each episode, as ever-larger animals come crashing down from the tree in a flurry of leaves, and the vertically-oriented spreads turn horizontal when the newcomer threatens to devour the tree-shaker. Don’t expect kids to sit still for this one; they’ll be eager to “shake, shake, shake” with the tree until the next animal falls down. —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)