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When Mr. Squirrel awakens to find that the moon has landed on his tree, he frantically tries to get rid of it before someone suspects him of stealing it and puts him in jail. But when he rolls the moon off of his tree, it's gets stuck on Mrs. Hedgehog's bristles and when the billy-goat arrives and butts it with his horns . . . Will the moon ever be the same again? SebastiaWhen Mr. Squirrel awakens to find that the moon has landed on his tree, he frantically tries to get rid of it before someone suspects him of stealing it and puts him in jail. But when he rolls the moon off of his tree, it's gets stuck on Mrs. Hedgehog's bristles and when the billy-goat arrives and butts it with his horns . . . Will the moon ever be the same again? Sebastian Meschenmoser's hilarious illustrations and rollicking tale will be a bedtime favorite....

Title : Mr Squirrel & the Moon
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ISBN : 9780735841567
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 48 Pages
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Mr Squirrel & the Moon Reviews

  • Betsy
    2019-04-11 18:02

    Here in America 2015 is turning out to be a great year in terms of children’s literary imports. Authors and artists that I haven’t seen gracing the shores of our fair nation for years are suddenly returning en masse. Years ago I loved Ole Konnecke’s Anthony and the Girls. Now we get to see his You Can Do It Bert I’ve always been a fan of Frances Hardinge. Now we’re seeing her Cuckoo Song coming out in the late spring. But one of my favorites of all time, the piece de resistance, is Sebastian Meschenmoser. To my mind, he’s one of the greats. Back in 2006 I was charmed by his penguin-wanting-to-be-airborn title Learning to Fly. In 2009 he got even better with Waiting for Winter. And then? Nothing. We were denied further Meschenmoser-ness. So as a children’s librarian I’ve just been sitting here, biding my time. Imagine my delight when I learned that the publisher NorthSouth would be filling the Meschenmoser-shaped hole in my heart with the truly delightful Mr. Squirrel and the Moon. Taking a trope we’ve all seen before and then improving upon it, this is a lovely story of fur, false accusations (or fear thereof), guts, glutted field mice, and glory. Everything, in short, that a good children’s picture book should be.A man and his son dressed in traditional Bavarian clothing relax on a hill, enjoying a wedge from one of the many wheels of cheese on their cart. As they do, a single wheel escapes its fellows and careens down the hill. The boy gives chase but stops when he sees that the dairy product has launched itself into a ravine. Soon thereafter Mr. Squirrel wakes up and finds what he believes to be the moon wedged in his tree. Naturally inclined to think of the worst possible scenario that might follow, he becomes convinced that he will be falsely accused of the moon’s theft. However, attempts to shift the moon only end up with it squashing a nearby hedgehog. When a billy goat butts the “moon” with his horns and then finds those same horns lodged in a tree (moon and hedgehog still attached) all seems lost. It takes a pack of field mice to free the crew of their burden . . . and then to launch the evidence into the stratosphere.The European red squirrel is a tree squirrel native to Germany. It has a distinct advantage over its American counterparts – it’s cuter. Significantly so. Last seen in Meschenmoser’s Waiting for Winter, the man’s fondness for this particular cheeky rodent is clear. First off, the red plays very well against his muted palette. Next, he’s good at making a bleary squirrel. When we first meet Mr. Squirrel in this book he’s just woken up. Poking his head out of his tree his ears suffer a significant case of bed head and his eyes look like they’re in dire need of a good cup of coffee. As the weight of the situation sinks in, Mr. Squirrel’s fuzzy countenance exhibits all the dread and horror you’d expect of a furry woodland creature contemplating a life of imprisonment. Of all the animals in this book, Mr. Squirrel is the most expressive. His body language is fantastic, straining every muscle against the massive weight of the cheese or staring in rank horror at the almost entirely devoured “moon”. Other animals get their due, but only Mr. Squirrel takes home your heart.Mr. Squirrel aside, Meschenmoser’s art is on fine display in this book. The use of color is fascinating. The moon/cheese is the brightest spot of color. A practically gaudy yellow set against scenes that seem mostly to have been sketched in pencil. When other colors appear they are sparingly done. The brown of the hedgehog’s lower eyelids. The striking green of the billy goat’s eye (though I did notice that the pupil was curiously round). But above and beyond all of that, the most enticing parts of the book involve Mr. Squirrel’s increasingly panicky dreams of his possible life in prison. With increasing ridiculousness the book will suddenly flash to a wordless two page sequence of Mr. Squirrel in jail. The first time it happens he’s in a tiny jumpsuit with a human cellmate (whom I suspect is modeled on Herr Meschenmoser himself), a tiny toilet against the wall. As the book progresses he envisions the moon back in the sky, but with a hedgehog still attached, and later a scene where he, the billy goat, the hedgehog, and all the mice are implicated in the crime (an even tinier toilet now in evidence along the wall). Are these sequences somewhat difficult to explain to my three-year-old? You betcha. And I wouldn’t change a thing.There is a fine and longstanding tradition in picture books of characters yearning for the moon. Either they want to eat it, do eat it, fail to eat it, or yearn to eat it. I suppose it all traces back to thinking the moon is made out of cheese, but it does beg the question as to why mankind has raised its eyes to the skies for centuries and thought on some deep, primordial level, “I’d like to eat that shiny thing in the sky”. Chalk this up as just yet another link in the chain. With the return of Meschenmoser I hold out hope that we’ll be seeing more of his stuff in the future. More art. More oddities. More peculiarities singular to his own brain. And if they involve a couple more red squirrels along the way? All the better. As this book proves, squirrels, jail sequences, and edible heavenly bodies make for picture book gold. Delicious.For ages 3-6.

  • babyhippoface
    2019-04-10 18:40

    Pretty sure I would love a restaurant menu if Meschenmoser designed it. Or a sale flyer. Or a funeral bulletin. Doesn't matter. He's brilliant. Every tiny line means something, and together they make genius.When a wheel of cheese falls off a wagon and manages to wind up in squirrel's tree, he's pretty sure he's going to be arrested for stealing it, even though he's perfectly innocent. (His imagined jail scene with the tiny toilet is pretty awesome.) He has to find a way to get the moon back into the sky! Results = fantastic.

  • Kelly
    2019-04-09 14:37

    Delightful bedtime story for young children. The squirrel is a unique choice of animal for this book. Given the inquisitive and rambunctious nature of squirrels make it a wonderful choice for the book. One can almost visualize the furry tail and anxious energy while attempting to return the moon to its rightful place.This book was reviewed as ARC.

  • Chris
    2019-04-17 18:53

    Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley What’s a squirrel to do when the moon lands on his tree? Read this and find out. It’s a rather whimsical story. In truth, the artwork is far more impressive and detailed than the writing. There are wonderful little details in the art – play particular attention to the cell scenes. There is some great and inventive ideas, at least in the terms of the illustrations. It’s a rather charming book. Enjoyable for the adult that is reading it to children as well as the children.

  • Cat
    2019-03-27 13:43

    Ha! I just found this book and read it! It needs to be on the shelf of squirrel lovers young and old! The story is simple, but hilarious! And the illustrations are a hoot! I need to buy a couple copies of this book- one for me, one for an honary grandchild who shares my love of Hansi!

  • Pop Bop
    2019-04-03 16:50

    Clever Times ThreeSPOILERS. Since this is a bedtime read-to book I'm going to assume that readers of this review are Moms and Dads who won't be too upset by spoilers. If you are the world's most precocious two year old, look away.This is a rewarding and clever book in many different ways, (at least three important ones - hence the title.) The story is that a wheel of cheese escapes from a farmer, rolls away, hits a big bump and bounces onto a branch on Mr. Squirrel's tree. He drops it on a badger and then it's speared by a billy goat. Everyone is afraid they'll be blamed for stealing the moon and sent to jail, so everyone is trying to get the moon, (cheese wheel), back into the sky.This book is funny in its premise, clever in its plot, and charmingly illustrated.Right off the bat you have to love a moon made out of cheese. How it ends up in Squirrel's tree, on top of badger, speared by billy goat's horns, chewed away at by mice, and then returned to the sky is told in a few words and a few remarkably expressive and imaginative drawings. The tale turns on a visual joke, (the yellow wheel of cheese looks like the moon), and that's hard to get to work in a bedtime book. This author succeeds admirably; I think that with a little direction, explanation and pointing out a little kid would "get" the joke. In any event, as a parent/reader it would be fun to explain it.As a bonus, the book is really presented in parallel. One set of illustrations tells the story of the wayward cheese. Another set of drawings is scattered through the story. It starts with a pencil drawing of Squirrel in jail, then of Squirrel and Badger, then of Squirrel, Badger and Billy Goat, and so on. These are detailed drawings and they are loaded with small visual jokes that reward careful study. The upshot is that you have both a simple, clear, bright fun story, and a subtle and more complex running visual joke. That's a lot to pack in to a bedtime book, and I can see why this volume has been such a hit in other countries.The book design is subtle. Bold, smaller type is tucked away on the pictures, so the illustrations are full page and the print doesn't detract from or compete with the pictures. The drawings are very natural and realistic but manage to be expressive and appealing in their calculated simplicity. This is a very artful presentation, but the artistry is not to the detriment of child appeal. (Sometimes it seems that "artistic" kids books forget about the kid.) I can see a little one responding well to Squirrel.North/South publishing has launched itself on an interesting path. The house, which I believe is an imprint of a Swiss publisher, finds popular, even classic, books and series from all over the world and issues a select few of them in English translation for North American readers. This book was first published in Germany in 2006 and has only now been translated and reprinted for an English speaking audience. It's nice to have such variety in the world of kids publishing. (Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)

  • Storywraps
    2019-03-26 14:50

    This book is clever, whimsical and the illustrations really drive the whole story. A little squirrel wakes up one morning and finds the moon has crashed into his tree. How in the world could the moon fall out of the sky and land right near his home? He starts pondering and then gets scared because what if someone thought he stole it? Oh my. He may be labelled a thief and end up in jail. What is he to do? He decides to roll that big, old heavy moon (which is really a runaway wheel of cheese that has gone rogue off a farmer's cart and finally plunks down on Mr. Squirrel's branch) out of sight so he has no chance of incrimination by the other animals around him. Unfortunately the moon drops with a thud and lands right on top of Mrs. Hedgehog and gets quite stuck in her bristles. Oh my. How to set her free from such a heavy burden? Along comes a billy-goat who takes it upon himself to butt the moon with his horns, thus relinquishing Mrs. Hedgehog to freedom. The cheesy moon hangs on to Billy Goat really tight and won't give him his head back. Oh my.Enter a swarm of mice ready to save the day, and save the day they do! They eat the goat to freedom, a very tough job but someone has to do it right? All the animals feel conviction and feel that if they do not return the moon to it's rightful place in the sky they ALL might end up in jail. Together they devise a creative plan to wing it back into the night sky where it belongs. After a hectic, worrisome, successful adventure the animals settle down to look up into the sky and see the fruits of their labor....well really not fruit ..... but the cheese of their labour. I think this is a book that both adults and kids will throughly enjoy.

  • Lorna
    2019-04-14 16:41

    What a lovely and clever picture book! When Mr. Squirrel finds the moon in his tree one morning, he becomes very concerned that someone will think he stole it, and he will go to prison. He pushes the moon out of his tree, and it lands on (and becomes quite stuck to) Hedgehog. The moon is then speared by a billy goat whose horns get stuck in a tree trunk. Mr. Squirrel gets increasingly concerned that he and his friends will get in trouble for stealing and damaging the moon (especially as it gets eaten by mice while speared on the billy goat's horns.). The moon, of course, ends up in the sky again by the end of the book.The subtle colors and comical woes of Mr. Squirrel, Hedgehog, and the other animals delightfully stir the imagination. This book almost contains three stories - the frame story of a father and small son wheeling a cart of cheese wheels, the main story of Mr. Squirrel's attempts to get the "moon" back into its rightful place, and the illustrations of Mr. Squirrel's imaginative worries that he will wind up in prison (along with his animal friends) for stealing the moon. Very enjoyable! Would be great for my two-year-old.Free digital ARC from NetGalley.

  • Cheryl
    2019-04-05 13:56

    You must read from the endpapers to understand what is going on, why the moon fell. I like the European flair I see in so many translated picture-book creators (offhand, for example, Pija Lindenbaum)... it is much less likely to occur to an American author to have the hedgehog smushed by the moon, or to draw an open toilet in the cut scenes in the jail cell.Such a clever and funny, and ultimately wise, book, that can be read over and over. I recommend it for all ages. However, I do disagree with the blurb that recommends it for bedtime! I will definitely look for more by the author.

  • Lady
    2019-04-13 18:42

    "The Moon" Causes UpheavalThis was an adorable and funny bedtime story about a squirrel that woke to "The Moon" mysteriously in his tree... His fear of reprisal leads him down an amusing and odd path! If only the squirrel had thought before he acted I am sure it would have been a very different story! I really love this book as it teaches that it is a bad idea to jump to conclusions and try to hide the truth! All that brings you is trouble :) I can't wait to share this book with my children!***This book is suitable for bedtime and nap time reading for younger children and is written at a grade school level

  • Amy
    2019-03-25 11:35

    Popularity/appeal rating: 5Quality rating: 5In a one-sentence nutshell:I love, love, loved this book. Astute readers will notice that, on the endpapers, a rogue wheel of cheese rolls away - and this is the "moon" that gets lodged in Mr. Squirrel's tree. My very favorite illustrations were the ones where Mr. Squirrel pictures himself in jail (for stealing the moon) alongside a hardened criminal working on his embroidery. As more animals get involved in trying to return the moon, Mr. Squirrel's fantasy expands to include his accomplices - all clad in tiny prison jumpsuits. Definitely one of my favorite picture books I've read so far in 2015!!

  • Renee
    2019-04-16 12:02

    **Interview with my 3 year old**Me: Did you like the story?Her: Yes.Me: What was your favourite bit?Her: The moon and the teeny tiny toilet for the mouses.**Interview with me 5 year old**Me: Did you like the story?Him: Yes.Me: What was your favourite bit?Him: The moon getting flung into the sky.Mr Squirrel and the Moon is a beautifully illustrated picture book for children. Some pages are just illustrations that tell the story on their own. A fun story about a squirrel who mistakes a wheel of cheese for the moon.I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jenni
    2019-04-06 20:02

    Received a free copy from Netgalley, courtesy of North South Books Inc..Even though "Mr Squirrel & the Moon" is a book aimed for children, I found myself enoying it immensely. It's about a squirrel, who mistook a big yellow cheese for the moon when he discovered it on the tree (that Mr. Squirrel stayed in). Hilarious adventures ensured and it was just such a delightful story. The pencil drawings with a strong yellow focus on the moon/cheese made a great contrast and I simply loved it. In overall, it was a great book and I think the kids will fall in love with Mr. Squirrel as I have.Great work from Sebastian Meschenmoser and I would love to read more books from him.

  • Marjorie
    2019-04-05 15:03

    Given To Me For An Honest ReviewMr. Squirrel wakes up and finds the moon on his tree. He decides to get rid of it so no accuses him of stealing it. When he pushes it off his tree it causes problems for others. Will the moon be okay, will it ever be the same? The illustrations and the story is funny and the children will love it. It will be a great addition to your child's bookcase. I gave it 5 stars but it does deserve more. I highly recommend this book for all. I look for more from Sebastian Meschenmoser.

  • Adrienne Furness
    2019-03-21 16:02

    Oh my, now THIS is a picture book. Meschenmoser's drawings are amazing in terms of draftsmanship, composition, and technique--and it's in service to this hilarious story. The words and text work together to say so much more than either is alone, and the prison scenes! I love the details there-the inmate who is for some reason doing embroidery, the addition of extra tiny toilets, the squirrel-sized bed. I keep reading and rereading it.

  • Lindsey Lewis
    2019-04-04 19:49

    I received a free digital ARC from NetGalley.The story follows woodland animals who wake to find the moon has been stolen and placed in their hands! As they attempt to return the moon, their antics and fumbles make for a hilarious tale. The book is marked by absolutely wonderful detailed illustrations with small touches of color, and the art is capable of telling the story by itself. This makes for a great bedtime story that children will beg to have read to them again and again!

  • Jess
    2019-04-04 15:45

    This beautifully drawn and clever story has a little of everything. Mr. Squirrel and his animal friends are all so adorable and this story had me actually laughing out loud. Mr. Squirrel throughout the story is jumping to conclusions and picturing the worst thing possible if he doesn’t get the moon back to where it belongs. It’s a perfect bedtime story.

  • Margaux
    2019-03-30 14:35

    This was hilar. Little Mr. Squirrel wakes up to find that the moon has perched on his branch. This is all fine until he realizes that the moon has been stolen and dropped, and if someone were to find it here, he would be sent to prison. (Enter two-page spread of a tiny squirrel in a prison jumpsuit next to a sketchy fellow doing needlepoint. I died.)Read it.

  • Ami
    2019-04-18 15:52

    Charmingly illustrated (the prison scenes are my particular favorites), this story was whimsically humorous. My eight year old didn't love it, but I chalk that up to her insisting that all humor be slapstick and neon lights right now. Once she's out of this phase (I refuse to entertain the idea this is not just a fleeting stage), I'm sure she'd appreciate it more.

  • Jason
    2019-04-02 19:54

    THIS is what I'm talking about when I want refreshing children's books! There's certainly a familiarity about the subject matter and the pacing and the talking animals and all that, but then it goes in some different and funny (and a bit surreal) directions. My favorite part is the prisoner doing cross-stitch.

  • Laila Tarek
    2019-04-08 18:48

    Mr. Squirrel woke up and found the moon on his tree. Ta daaa. This was so beautiful oh my god, I can't find words. The illustrations are flawless, I can't even. The story is beautiful, I really enjoyed it.

  • Ms Threlkeld
    2019-04-02 13:41

    One of the quirkiest picture books I've read. Kids will either adore it's unusual illustrative style and narrative or come away feeling a tad confused.

  • Michelle
    2019-04-03 16:56

    I laughed so hard, I cried! Great story.

  • Cathy Mealey
    2019-03-29 11:54

    Wonderful illustrations - very German in sensibility. Silly critters imagine themselves imprisoned for being caught after a moon misunderstanding.

  • Peggy House
    2019-03-26 13:54

    Engaging and humorous, especially the prisoner doing needlework. Shows how well a ridiculous plot can carry a strong message

  • Maryanne
    2019-04-19 14:43

    A new favorite of mine.

  • Jay
    2019-04-17 12:01

    This copy kindly provided by NetGalley on behalf of the publisher A cute little story that my 4yo son loved "reading" the pictures just as much as the story that accompanied them.

  • Emily Woodard
    2019-04-05 19:51

    I liked it that the squirrel put the moon back in the sky but I didn't like it when all the animals got arrested.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-03-21 13:50

    Superbly illustrated, wonderfully clever, and ridiculously hilarious. Originally published in Germany.

  • Catherine Austen
    2019-04-08 13:56

    Such a talented author/illustrator! This is one of my favourites of his books. Just as wonderful as "Waiting for Winter" and featuring the same adorable squirrel. The text is perfect--there's so much fun to have talking about it as you read, about all that's not stated--and the illustrations are just gorgeous. The story is wonderful (about a round of cheese mistaken for the moon) and so well-rounded. The expressions on the animals' faces are priceless, and the prison spreads are hilarious. A wonderful book.