Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews



Hannah Shaw
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Random House, 2010   ISBN: 978-0375861055

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.