Review: Squeak! by Laura McGee Kvasnosky

Squeak! by Laura McGee Kvasnosky

Squeak! by Laura McGee Kvasnosky and Kate Harvey McGee (9780525518150)

When a summer breeze tickles a little mouse’s ear early one morning, an entire cacophony follows. With one loud squeak, the mouse starts the world waking up. The chipmunks wake up, sending a pine cone into the river. The trout jump. The elk bonks into a tree launching the eagle off. The sound of her huge wings wakes the bears, whose growls wake the wolves. The wolves howl waking the bighorn lamb who leaps high. Finally, the bison bellows and all of the other creatures in the area awaken too. Except for one little mouse, who is now asleep.

The author plays with sounds in this book as they ripple across an ecosystem in this nature-focused read. From the small mouse squeak to the huge bison bellow, all of the sounds are unique and interesting. Children listening to the story will love the chance to howl like wolves, leap like trouts, or fly like eagles along the way. The book is filled with a sense of joy and wonder as the series of noises awaken all of the animals.

The art is done in two steps by the two creators, one who did the black lines and the other who colored them in digitally. The result is almost like stained glass. The sense of the glow of morning light carries through all of the illustrations. They are united by a strong feeling of being in a shared place too.

A great read aloud for a group, expect lots of participation. Appropriate for ages 2-4.

Reviewed from library copy.

News to Wake Your Brain Cells Jan 17

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

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Jason Reynolds named new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature – Publisher’s Weekly

Newbery Medalist Meg Medina Changes Gears – Publisher’s Weekly

LIBRARIES

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Neil Gaiman leads Hampshire writers protesting library cuts – The Guardian

Public library ebook and audiobook use rocketed up 20% in 2019 – Forbes

READING

Charging for the right to read: who really pays? – Intellectual Freedom Blog

YA LIT

2020 YA book covers bring disability representation to the forefront – Book Riot

Art Attack! The ‘Plain Janes’ deliver a shot of creative optimism – NPR