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Mr Squirrel & the Moon by Sebastian Meschenmoser
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Oh, my. I can't exactly say why, but I wasn't expecting to enjoy this from the title alone. It won me over from the cover and endpapers and wrapped itself around my heart with each page turn. The stark contrasts throughout seemed like a perfect parable of life- conflict, worry, determination, surprises, apparent success leading to more challenges and absurdity, balanced with an earnest belief in ourselves. Mr. Squirrel's reality (*and his somber black and white imagination) contrast with the brilliant glow of the "moon". The illustrations themselves and the color palette elevate this to brilliant, in my opinion.
This is "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" flipped on its head and given a moral spine.
The somber "punishment" scenes are utterly hilarious, and the eventual final scene mirrors the hunched silhouette from those somber scenes.
In my many teaching years I often witnessed innocent, earnest kids imagining that some unexpected development in their lives could result in disproportionately negative consequences. I wish I had this book to share with them at the time.
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Reading Progress

Started Reading
October 1, 2015 – Finished Reading
October 21, 2015 – Shelved
October 21, 2015 – Shelved as: circle-story
October 21, 2015 – Shelved as: communities
October 21, 2015 – Shelved as: creation-story
October 21, 2015 – Shelved as: excpressions-emotions
October 21, 2015 – Shelved as: fears
October 21, 2015 – Shelved as: fiction
October 21, 2015 – Shelved as: fpb-shortlist
October 21, 2015 – Shelved as: friendship
October 21, 2015 – Shelved as: humor
October 21, 2015 – Shelved as: multi-age
October 21, 2015 – Shelved as: nature
October 21, 2015 – Shelved as: pb-fiction
October 21, 2015 – Shelved as: picture-book
October 21, 2015 – Shelved as: mentor-writing
October 21, 2015 – Shelved as: very-young
October 21, 2015 – Shelved as: young-elementary

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