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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Meet Jerry the squirrel and the inventor in Jerry the Squirrel by Shawn Robinson. Though he designed and built just about anything, many times his inventions did not work the way he wanted them to. Jerry’s bedroom had a bed, a work desk where he worked on his inventions, and two windows. Jerry was trying to jump from the end of his bed to the edge of his dresser and he leaped with all his might. He landed on the cold floor. Jerry kept wondering why he couldn’t get the jump right. That day he thought of inventing a machine that would make new slippers for him every morning. Would he succeed with his new invention of creating automatic slippers for himself?
Jerry the Squirrel by Shawn Robinson is a funny story and Jerry’s antics will bring a smile to the faces of young readers. Jerry’s fun times with the automatic slippers that listen to all the commands are entertaining and it is interesting to see the slippers respond to his orders. One hundred squirrels want an identical pair of slippers like Jerry’s and Jerry takes their orders. The open ending sets the tone for Volume Two and, like me, young readers will be curious to know what will happen next. It is a good book for storytelling sessions in classrooms and school libraries and might encourage children to try their hand at inventing new things, just like Jerry does in this story.