Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration: Book One hundred and fifty-one

There is nothing like starting the day with a smile on your face, and if you are feeling a little grumbly of a morning, then this is the book for you. The illustrations are unique, the story is funny, and the ending is just right.

ErrollHannah Shaw
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Random House, 2010, 978-0-375-86105-5
   One day Bob is preparing to dip into his package of Nutti Nutts when a squirrel pokes his head out of the package. Bob is very surprised to the see the squirrel, and he is even more surprised when he discovers that the squirrel, who is called Erroll, can talk.
   Being a hospitable boy, Bob makes Erroll a peanut butter sandwich, which the squirrel enjoys enormously. In fact he enjoys it so much that he gets covered with peanut butter “from head to tail.” Bob does his best to clean Erroll up, but it is not easy to wash or wipe off a squirrel if he is not interested in getting clean. In fact, it is pretty much impossible. Doggedly Bob chases Erroll around the house, and soon the place is a mess. Little does Bob know that this is just the beginning of his adventure with Erroll.
   Children who enjoy watching squirrels in their garden are sure to be amused by the story in this picture book. With wonderfully quirky illustrations and engaging characters, this is a perfect story to read out loud.

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