Published by Hyperion Books for Children
Summary: When Zoom Squirrel loses her tooth, her squirrel friends are horrified, particularly when they find out it was a baby tooth! They’re sure it must be alone, sad, and hungry, and they scatter in all directions to try to find it. When they’re gone, Zoom Squirrel realizes it’s under her pillow, and goes off to retrieve it. The other squirrels return to find her gone, too! Finally, everyone is reunited, and the baby tooth is put into a carriage where it is oohed and aahed over. Zoom Squirrel has the final word as she concludes with the lesson from the story: “Squirrels do not know much about teeth!” The final third of the book includes jokes and facts about teeth. 85 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: Squirrels may not know much about teeth, but Mo Willems knows plenty about how to tickle kids’ funny bones, and his legion of fans is sure to welcome this new series (at least I assume it will be a series), with a size, shape, and illustrations that are similar to the Elephant and Piggie books.
Cons: There’s a large cast of squirrel characters, all of whom look kind of similar to me. Also, the back matter seemed unnecessary, although I suppose jokes, riddles, and fun facts will always find an audience with the preschool crowd. And I feel foolish offering any criticism, as I know that anything even remotely resembling Piggie and Gerald with Mo Willems’ name on it will be a runaway best seller.