Published by Roaring Brook Press
Summary: The cute little guys with their acorn caps seem to be the underdogs of the forest, working together to share their habitat with bigger, fiercer animals. But as the book goes on, the illustrations start to tell a different story. The little guys want everything for themselves and are working together to steal the animals’ food, even pushing a bear into the water to steal his fish. But when their greed causes a catastrophe and the other animals help them out, they realize that cooperation works better than competition. 40 pages; ages 3-7.
Pros: Caldecott honor illustrator Vera Brosgol has created a fun story to share. Kids will laugh out loud at the antics of the little guys, but their tale is sure to provoke some discussion, too, about the do’s and don’ts of sharing space with others.
Cons: I saw a few Amazon reviewers who thought the little guys were a trifle too nasty; my guess is kids will think they’re just pretty funny.