Squirrels Just Want to Have Fun!

Today while shelving books at Avondale Library, I happened to look out the window and see two squirrels playing in the park. They were tumbling and chasing their tails and seemed to be having a great time. This joyous scene brought to mind a book I recently read written by Kate DiCamillo, Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. Goodreads gave a wonderful review of the book: "Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo. It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry—and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart.”

After reading Flora and Ulysses if you need more squirrel stories, check these out.

I See a Squirrel by Alex Appleby

The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter

Those Darn Squirrels by Adam Rubin

Ol’ Mama Squirrel by David Stein

Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watts

Submitted by Carla Perkins
Avondale Library