Squirrel Tales

You’ve read the facts. Now just for fun, here are some satisfying squirrel stories:

October is Squirrel Awareness Month

Squirrel Tails Tales for Young Readers

Never Trust a Squirrel     Never Trust a Squirrel / Patrick Cooper; illustrated by Catherine Walters
William’s mother warned him. ”The woods aren’t safe for guinea pigs.” But saucy Stella the squirrel tempts him to try an adventure beyond the hutch and yard. William learns that guinea pigs can’t climb trees, and although hide-and-seek with a squirrel can be fun, hide-and-seek with a fox is no fun at all.

Earl the Squirrel     Earl the Squirrel / by Don Freeman
Earl’s mother is concerned that he does not know how to gather acorns on his own. He is being spoiled by Jill, a human neighbor. She keeps giving Earl presents including an acorn and a nutcracker. “’Whoever heard of a squirrel needing a nutcracker? Why, it’s absurd,’ his mother scolded.” He returns the nutcracker, and is rewarded with a bright red scarf by Jill. Then he goes off foraging for acorns.

Scaredy Squirrel     Scaredy Squirrel / by Mélanie Watt
Scaredy Squirrel wants to stay in his nut tree all the time. He’s afraid of the unknown.  It might be full of killer bees, poison ivy, tarantulas, green Martians, and germs.  But he’s prepared.  He has an emergency kit and an Exit Plan.  He’s prepared for everything, everything except dropping his emergency kit out of the nut tree.

Those Darn Squirrels      Those Darn Squirrels! / by Adam Rubin; illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

Old Man Fookwire “was so old that when he sneezed, dust came out.” His only joy in life is painting his backyard birds, so he’s pretty annoyed when he sees squirrels sealing the birdfeed. He tries hard to outwit the “fuzzy little geniuses,” and he almost, almost succeeds.  This book is so great it’s on top of the Top 20 on the Guys Read website!

The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes     The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes / by Beatrix Potter
Timmy and his wife, Goody Tiptoes, are quietly gathering and storing nuts along with the other squirrels when a misunderstood bird song sets their neighbors upon them. Poor Timmy is stuffed head first into the trunk of the hollow tree where he’s been storing his nuts, and he’s too fat to get out.

Tails Tales for Older Readers:

Out of the park and into the world

Squirrel World     Squirrel World: a Park Pals Adventure / Johanna Hurwitz; illustrated by Kathi McCord
Lexi, short for Lexington Avenue, the– all Central Park squirrels are named after New York City streets – is enjoying a fine day in the park when cousin Lenox arrives outside his nest. Lennox is looking for a friend to accompany him on a journey. He wants to see Lennox Avenue. Lexi does not at first jump at the chance to be his companion. For one thing Lennox is a habitual complainer. “When the sun shines, he usually complains that we need rain. And of course when it rains, he grumbles that it’s too wet.” Nevertheless, he decides to accompany him on his expedition to the loud and exciting streets beyond the park. But they never make it to Lennox Avenue.

Gooseberry Park     Gooseberry Park / Cynthia Rylant; illustrated by Arthur Howard
Stumpy the squirrel had just fixed up a fresh new nest for her babies when a severe ice storm hits Gooseberry Park and fells her tree. Fortunately she has friends that come to her aid. Kona the dog finds shelter for the babies in his masters’ house where Gwendolyn the hermit crab and Murray the bat can babysit. Unfortunately Kona’s master doesn’t know about this wildlife sanctuary in his basement.

Swashbuckling Squirrels
They’re certainly heroic, but I do wonder how they keep their swashes buckled when hopping from tree to tree.

Urchin of the Riding Stars     Urchin of the Riding Stars / by M.I. McAllister
Arriving as an infant orphan on the shores of Mistmantle Island and rescued from the surf by Father Fir and Captain Crispin, Urchin grows to become Crispin’s page. But when Crispin is accused of assassinating of the prince he is sent into exile. Although sure of Crispin’s innocence, Urchin doesn’t know how to prove it. And he’s unsure what will become of him without Crispin’s protection.

Rakkety Tam     Rakkety Tam / Brian Jacques
Rakkety Tam MacBurl and Wild Doogy Plumm, two warriors, a borderer and a highlander squirrel respectively, join forces with the fighting hares of the Long Patrol to battle Gulo the Savage and his band of vermin and defend Redwall Abby. The giant wolverine and his flesh eating cutthroats are intent on regaining the fabulous Walking Stone stolen by Gulo’s treacherous brother. Between the swordplay and adventure there are generous helpings of renowned Redwall hospitality: feasting,  drinking, singing, and cute little animals.