Welcome to The Amazing Forest Town of Squirrelsville

Children - Picture Book
35 Pages
Reviewed on 04/28/2023
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Reviewed by Nicholus Schroeder for Readers' Favorite

Welcome to the Amazing Forest Town of Squirrelsville is a children’s picture book by Paul L. Padgett with illustrations by Moch Fajar Shobaru. Nestled deep in the forest, tucked away from prying eyes, is the jolly town of Squirrelsville. The squirrels came together to build their beloved town and continue to help one another during their day-to-day activities. Police Chief Woody keeps both the forest and Squirrelsville safe, as the young ones run around having fun, and should they fall, the doctor is always there to treat any boo-boos. Step into the colorful world of Squirrelsville, where you’ll meet the lovable squirrels as they work together to keep the forest safe for everyone.

I like how Welcome to the Amazing Forest Town of Squirrelsville has sound morals at its core. The book did a great job of demonstrating the benefits of having good morals and camaraderie. The inclusion of a glossary was a nice touch too, as now even the youngest of readers will have no trouble reading this book by themselves. The story itself was fun and cleverly reinforced the importance of teamwork throughout. The delightful illustrations complemented the tone of Paul L. Padgett’s tale and added to the experience. Each image was unique and conveyed both the actions and emotions of the characters. The forest and Squirrelsville were vibrant yet detailed, and the cute squirrels were beyond adorable. The book ticked the right boxes for me. It had morals front and center, plus a good story topped off with amazing illustrations.

Astrid Iustulin

Get ready for a pleasant journey to Squirrelsville, a forest town where many squirrels live together and help each other for the good of their community. Paul L. Padgett will tell us who they are and what they do in his wonderful children's book Welcome to The Amazing Forest Town of Squirrelsville. In this incredible place, we will meet Mayor Chestnut, Police Chief Woody, Fire Chief Brazilnut, Dr. Mangoldstein, and all the other adorable characters. We will also discover how each of them works to help their community and how they play their part to be useful, especially when something potentially dangerous (like a fire) threatens them and the place where they live.

Welcome to The Amazing Forest Town of Squirrelsville is a book that struck me due to the depth of its topics and the clarity with which the author explains them. This delightful story will help young readers understand the importance of working together and why it is necessary to help our neighbors. I loved how Paul L. Padgett told this story and the way he introduced young readers to all the characters and showed how they and the other inhabitants work together. I believe that this book teaches values that we often tend to forget or consider superfluous but which, in reality, are the basis of our society. I hope many parents will take the time to read and explain this book to their children so that the valuable message it conveys is clear to them.

Kathy Golden

Welcome to The Amazing Forest Town of Squirrelsville by Paul L. Padgett is a fun and entertaining book for those who love squirrels. I want to say how much I like the cover. It’s like walking right into the town of Squirrelsville, even before opening the book. Reading this delightful story is a great way for children to enter the lively and industrious world of the inhabitants. Children of all ages get to spend time in the squirrels’ homes situated in the trees of a forest. This world is captured so well in the illustrations that it makes you want to own a mini replica of the town.

The wide variety of characters, each with his or her specific task, and all the little squirrel children add to the warmth and community spirit. I enjoyed visiting the different places and meeting the squirrels and learning their humorous names. My favorite illustration is the one in the doctor’s office. Yes, a crisis does arise, and readers see how the citizens all work together when this happens and what they do afterward. The combination of author Paul Padgett’s gift for creating this inviting neighborhood of squirrels and the detailed illustrations by Moch Fajar Shobaru makes Welcome to The Amazing Forest Town of Squirrelsville a marvelous and happy story. I would enjoy seeing this book animated and all these wonderful squirrels and their town brought to life. Thank you, Paul Padgett, for sharing your story.

Courtnee Turner Hoyle

Welcome to The Amazing Forest Town of Squirrelsville is a children’s book by Paul L. Padgett. In this story, the squirrels live in harmony as they work together to store food, teach their kits right from wrong, and monitor their environment for safety hazards. On one of his scouting missions, Fire Chief Cashew finds an unattended campfire with a fire still blazing. He rushes back to Squirrelsville to enlist the help of the other squirrels, as their lives, homes, and food are in danger. They come to his aid in the story's climax. A glossary at the end of the book provides definitions for some possibly difficult words.

Paul L. Padgett delivers an excellent tale for young readers in the Squirrelsville Series. The book communicates themes of community preparedness and personal responsibility, showing kits learning about the ways they can stay safe in the forest. The characters are determined to keep their environment safe, and their actions show children the jobs that help their community function. Readers will enjoy the story, and caregivers can lead a discussion based on the safety tips at the end of the book. Padgett’s book can be used as a conversation starter for fire and safety preparedness and accountability. The illustrations work well with the text and seem to pop off the pages in beautiful colors. Welcome to The Amazing Forest Town of Squirrelsville would be a wonderful addition to a public library, and it would earn a treasured spot in a child’s bookcase.

Diana Lopez

Social norms provide the framework for a healthy coexistence with those around us. Children need to understand how people interact daily. Welcome to The Amazing Forest Town of Squirrelsville provides an example of a society that collaborates harmoniously. Paul L. Padgett describes a green forest where everyone is happy. It is home to a group of squirrels who live orderly lives and join forces in activities such as storing food. They also serve in capacities such as firemen, doctors, or policemen. The squirrels take good care of their home, and when they see a threat, they work together to keep their town safe. Children will learn that everyone can contribute to improving their environment.

Welcome to The Amazing Forest Town of Squirrelsville will allow children to develop respect for others and themselves. It is a good medium for parents to teach their children important values such as teamwork. I loved seeing the variety of occupations that emphasized helping others, and the squirrels looked adorable in their uniforms. I also liked the setting because all the images are colorful and the characters are always friendly. Another positive aspect is that the sentences are short, so young children will be motivated to read. There is a helpful glossary at the end for young readers to expand their vocabulary. Paul L. Padgett provides examples that will motivate children to interact positively and responsibly with the people around them.