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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite
Outstanding illustrations will draw children into Adam’s Atomic Squirrel, and the story will keep them turning the pages. What will happen next? Who’s downstairs making that noise and how will they solve the problem? Author Florence McNeil Jones kept my curiosity at its pique and made me want to finish the book. Besides keeping me hooked, the story had me wondering how I would deal with a squirrel in my house. And why does the main character want to invite his friend over to help? What special squirrel-catching skills does his friend have? This is a wonderful and relatable story that could happen to anyone. (We had a mother raccoon and five babies in our attic. Also, a pigeon flew down the chimney, which had my cat looking up into the fireplace while licking his lips.) Teachers and parents will like the terrific discussions that will develop during and at the end of the book: how would you get a squirrel out of your house? I see a homework assignment in your future.
I highly recommend Adam’s Atomic Squirrel because of its interesting appeal, beautiful illustrations, and the engaging discussions it will evoke. I found myself looking around my house wondering what I would do if a squirrel, or any rodent, got into my house. Author Florence McNeil Jones has written a wonderful, engaging story that keeps us wanting to turn the pages to find out what happens next. Illustrator Nataly Vits has created magnificent artwork for each page of this children’s picture book. She has created very realistic and believable portraits of the family with soft colors and a beautiful blending of tones. I like how some illustrations fill the page with color, but others like pages 2 and 16 have an image on just part of the page. I think every public and school library should have this book on its shelf. After reading this enjoyable story, parents and teachers will like the interactive component of continuing the discussion after the story has ended. Awesome story + amazing illustrations + evoking discussion = outstanding book.