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)
With minimal text, open space and bold, eye-catching illustrations, this book will serve best as a read-aloud. Purchase for storytime and guaranteed kid-pleasing giggles.
—School Library Journal
The three co-authors have delivered a delightful narrative, full of comically narrow escapes, and Borando returns with her smooth styling and fresh, uncluttered spreads that bring visual humor and irony that hold right through till the final page. The book’s design requires readers to turn the book as the layout keeps shifting from vertical to horizontal, and while readers end up mimicking all the tree shaking in the narrative, the effect is a little wearing. A charming workout.