Friday, May 15, 2015

Bird & Squirrel on Ice by James Burks

Bird & Squirrel on Ice by James Burks. 125 p. Graphix/ Scholastic Inc., September, 2014. 9780545563185. (Finished paperback courtesy of publisher for review.)

Bird and Squirrel swirl out of a snowstorm, crash into a mountain, cause an avalanche and find themselves in the Antarctic, where the penguin girl who rescues them thinks Bird is The Chosen One. The Chosen One is destined to rescue the village from The Great Whale. Bird relishes the attention. When Squirrel discovers that the chief is actually planning to sacrifice Bird and tries to tell him, Bird assumes that Squirrel is jealous and ignores the warning.

This is a perfect middle grade graphic novel. The art is vibrant; characters' expressions are communicative; and the dialogue is minimal but snappy and humorous. Panels are easy to follow. This is the second Bird & Squirrel installment. Somehow, I missed the first, Bird & Squirrel on the Run. A third, Bird & Squirrel on the Edge is due out in October. I must order these for my collection asap!

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