FICTION

Harry’s Squirrel Trouble

HarperCollins. (I Can Read 1). Aug. 2022. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780062747754; pap. $4.99. ISBN 9780062747747.
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PreS-Gr 1–Harry is a happy dog who likes just about everything—with the exception of an unwelcome squirrel that has taken up residence in his backyard. Despite his best efforts, Harry cannot convince the human children that the squirrel is the troublemaker, while he is not. Harry ultimately hatches a clever plan that proves his innocence and lays the groundwork for a future friendship. Writing in the style of Harry’s creator, Zion, Driscoll includes two-to-six sentences per spread. Joshaghani imitates Graham’s art style to provide visual clues to the text. For example, one spread shows the squirrel up to no good in Harry’s backyard and one of the children peering at the dog in dismay, with text reading, “The squirrel chewed the table. She dug holes in the grass…but the children blamed Harry.”
VERDICT While there is nothing new to be found here, this is a satisfactory choice for new and emerging readers. Recommended where the series is popular or as an additional purchase for early reader collections.

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