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Mr Squirrel and the Moon

by Sebastian Meschenmoser

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When the 'moon' lands on his tree one day, Mr. Squirrel panics, believing that he will be blamed for its disappearance from the sky, and perhaps taken as the thief who stole it. After much strenuous exertion, he manages to budge the massive golden circle, only to watch it fall upon a hedgehog, there to become stuck. Nothing dislodges the persistent 'moon' until a billy goat arrives and butts it with his horns. In the end, however, it falls to a group of hungry mice to free everyone involved. But what will become of the moon, now that it is mostly eaten..?

Originally published in German as "Herr Eichhorn und der Mond," this delightfully humorous picture-book is the second of Sebastian Meschenmoser's woodland adventures devoted to the doings of Mr. Squirrel. The first, Waiting for Winter, was a personal favorite the year I read it, and I recall wishing at that time that some of the author/artist's other work would be translated into English. Well, wish granted! I found Mr. Squirrel and the Moon immensely amusing - the scenes in which he imagines himself and an ever-growing number of co-conspirators in jail are priceless! - and enjoyed the detailed pencil artwork immensely. Mr. Squirrel himself is masterfully captured in all his frenetically emotional glory. Recommended to young readers who enjoy animal stories, particularly those with a humorous bent, as well as to admirers of Meschenmoser's artwork. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 25, 2016 |
I don't know why it took me so long to read and review this book. I loved Waiting for Winter and read this to much laughter from the kids every year.

So, the story begins with a wordless spread on the endpages, showing a cart full of objects, one of which bounces away and....lands on Squirrel's tree. Mr. Squirrel wakes up and immediately goes into full-blown panic. The moon has fallen out of the sky! People will think he has stolen it! Visions of himself in a tiny uniform, trapped in a jail cell ensue. Fortunately, he manages to get rid of the moon. Unfortunately, it lands on his friend Hedgehog....and so it goes, getting wilder and crazier, with more and more animals packed into the sad vision of the jail cell, until they finally manage to get rid of the moon (what's left of it anyways).

Sometimes translations work and sometimes they don't. This is a really excellent one that captures the dry humor and wacky personalities of the various animals, from the panic-stricken squirrel to the angry billy goat, delighted mice, and resigned Hedgehog.

The jail scenes are in stark shades of black, white and gray, but the rest of the illustrations are dominated by the great, round, yellow globe of the "moon". Squirrel has a little red shading and there are a few bits of color on the leaves, grass, and other animals, but the bulk of this story is told through the increasingly hysterical text and clever use of illustrations. The sketches, like the coloring, are understated for the most part but convey a vivid feeling of movement and action as each fresh stage of crisis emerges.

Verdict: This doesn't have quite the wide child appeal of Winter, but it's still a hilarious and clever story that children and grownups will appreciate. Recommended.

ISBN: 9780735841567; Published 2015 by NorthSouth; Borrowed from another library in my consortium
  JeanLittleLibrary | Aug 23, 2015 |
Somewhere in the Alps a great round wheel of yellow cheese rolls off a cart, over a precipice, and lands on a tree. When Mr. Squirrel awakes in the morning he startled to find the great round yellow moon has landed on his branch! What was it doing there? Suppose it was stolen, would he be blamed for the theft? Would he be sent to prison? He had to get rid of it. But how? The more he tries the more desperate the situations becomes.

The slapstick fun builds as the cheese becomes embedded atop a hedgehog, gored by a goat and nearly nibbled into extinction by a swarm of hungry field mice, all as Mr. Squirrel nervously envisions his incarceration for grand theft – lunar. ( )
  MaowangVater | Jul 1, 2015 |
Recensione su: http://wp.me/p3X6aw-so
Review at: http://wp.me/p3X6aw-so ( )
  Saretta.L | Feb 21, 2015 |
subtle story, with black and white illustrations of 'what if' ( )
  melodyreads | Feb 17, 2015 |
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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? Sebastian Meschenmoser's hilarious illustrations and rollicking tale will be a bedtime favorite.

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