January 21st is officially Squirrel Appreciation Day. To mark this solemn occasion, Kid Lit Reviews is pleased to bring you a feisty little squirrel destined to become a pirate. I just could not pass up telling you about Sammy on his special day.
Actually, Sammy’s special day will be April 1 (no fooling), when his story his finally released. If you can pre-order, do so now. This debut from author/illustrator Louise Pigott is a winner. And if “X” marks the display spot, books will sail right out off of bookstores shelves.
Squirrel Me Timbers
Written and Illustrated by Louise Pigott
Picture Window Books 4/01/2016
24 pages Ages 3—6
“Sammy the squirrel dreams of sailing the seas as a pirate. So when he finds a treasure map, he can’t believe his luck! X marks the spot for HUNDREDS OF NUTS! Set sail for adventure . . . and discover how exciting a pirate’s life can be!”
Sammy the squirrel always wanted to be a pirate. One day, even though on land he remained, Sammy found a treasure map! Sammy had struck gold, well for a squirrel. “X” marked the spot of a hidden stash containing hundreds of nuts. Determined to channel the pirate in himself—and an urge for hundreds of nuts—Sammy took off to find the treasure.
Over land he traveled, and by sea—or maybe a small pond—he sailed, running afoul of danger. Sammy found a boat—okay, a boot—and sailed toward the “X” on his treasure map. Throughout the night he is not alone, but when the sun rose and Sammy found the “X” marked on his treasure map, not one single nut could he find. Oh, Sammy.
Parents will not mind reading Squirrel Me Timbers multiple times, which is quite good, since their children will want to hear Sammy’s story well past the “thanks, got it memorized” stage. The perfectly rhymed story is a marvelous read-aloud with a consistent meter, loads of fun words, and suspenseful page turns. The illustrations capture the magic of finding lost treasure and the joy of a well-told story.
Squirrel Me Timbers is a charmingly delightful story of pirates and treasures and finding your gold, whatever that might be for you. Sammy encounters danger, mishaps, and hundreds of teeth while tracking down his treasure. Young children—and this old one—will love the humor and the twists, especially a huge story-ending twist that will turn Sammy the squirrel on his tail! Squirrel Me Timbers is the perfect book for animal loving little pirates. Get in on the fun!
SQUIRREL ME TIMBERS. Text and Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Louise Pigott. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Capstone, North Mankato, MN.
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Copyright © 2016 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews. All Rights Reserved
SQUIRREL ME TIMBERS. Story & Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Louise Pigott. Used by permission of Capstone.
Full Disclosure: Squirrel Me Timbers by Louise Pigott, and received from Picture Windows Books (an imprint of Capstone), is in exchange NOT for a positive review, but for an HONEST review. The opinions expressed are my own and no one else’s. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”