Early Book Review: Mr Squirrel & the Moon by Sebastian Meschenmoser

Mr Squirrel & the Moon by Sebastian Meschenmoser is a picturebook currently schedule for release on January 1 2015. 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 , and so on. Will the moon ever be the same again?

Mr Squirrel & the Moon opens with a wheel of cheese escaping a cart, and quickly the action and concern of Mr. Squirrel begins. Worried about being accused of theft, complete with illustrations for what he thinks life in prison would be like for him, Mr. Squirrel does everything he can to return the 'moon' to its proper place. I really liked that the characters look out for each other and work together rather than leaving the next implicated critter to take the fall. A fun and entertaining book with illustrations that bring the story to life.

I would recommend Mr Squirrel & the Moon to picturebook fans of all ages. while the story is a little silly, a wheel of cheese thought to be a stolen moon and images of critters in prison garb and a shared cell, at no point does it come off as cartoony. It is subtle and will draw in readers of all ages.
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