I have a love-hate relationship with squirrels: as I love to hate them and hate to love them. But no matter how much I say I do not like squirrels, I like squirrels. I even like Squirrel in The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming. Even though Squirrel is a nut or two short of some logic now and again.
Squirrel loves counting leaves on his tree. The red ones, gold ones, orange ones, and the yellow ones. But when he realizes that one is missing, Squirrel is on the case to find out what happened! Who is the Leaf Thief? With the help of Bird, Squirrel learns about why leaves sometimes go away, but it is not because of thieves.
If I have one issue with this book it is that sometimes me (and Bird) find the lack of “grasping” the concept by Squirrel a little frustrating. With that said, it is a sweet book that is illustrated by Nicola Slater in bold, bright, autumn colors, and the right details to keep things moving and grooving! The themes of change, anxiety and the seasons all come together in a cute, silly picture book.
All ages can enjoy this tail… I mean tale. It is adaptable for all ages with multiple layers to it. Also included is information about the seasons and the changes that occur during that time.
In the last two days I have written 20 reviews, and I am out of words (and needed about thirty more for this one). Therefore, I am taking the author description from the evil empire to say: “She finds inspiration all around her and is in no danger of running out of idea “