Unlimited Squirrels I Want to Sleep Under the Stars!
Unlimited Squirrels I Want to Sleep Under the Stars!

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Series: Unlimited Squirrels Vol. 3   

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Annotation: Zoom Squirrel dreams of sleeping under the stars. The Squirrels do their best to help make Zoomy's dream come true.
Catalog Number: #216743
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Hyperion
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 85 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-368-05335-1 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-8078-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-368-05335-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-8078-0
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2020931077
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
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ALA Booklist
Zoom Squirrel's yen to find peace and quiet sleeping under the stars almost goes a-glimmering when the rest of the Unlimited Squirrels crew rockets in to help rching about as Team Peace and Team Quiet. They create such a ruckus that night has turned to day before Zoom finally nods off, but then, steadfastly refusing to give up on a friend, they silently regather to dangle homemade stars overhead. Along with thematically apt, groan-inducing jokes, Willems continues to incorporate strong instructional elements into his latest easy reader series, inserting the occasional chewy vocabulary word into large-type bursts of chatter that are positively festooned with exclamation points. In the illustrations, he switches from simple cartoons to diagrams and photos that go with smaller-type introductions to stars and to the sleeping habits of squirrels and armadillos (and plants), offering further facts on a dedicated website. The language and (with the possible exception of a squirrel named Norman) the entire multihued rodentine cast is non-gender-specific. Always another gag to giggle over, too.
Horn Book
This installment of the early-reader series (I Lost My Tooth!, rev. 11/18; Who Is the Mystery Reader?) follows the format of silly main story, some informational follow-up, and three "A-corny" joke interludes. The "BIG Story!" concerns the Squirrel friends' attempts to make Zoom Squirrel's dream of sleeping "under the stars" come true. The gang is full of good if misguided intentions: enthusiastic cheering ("GO, ZOOMY! GO, ZOOMY! GO, ZOOMY!") and rival teams "PEACE!" and "Quiet!" keep Zoom awake until "THE STARS ARE GONE!" In one of two (mostly) nonfiction sections, shades-wearing "Squirrel to the Stars" Nutshell reveals that the stars aren't really gone and a few other astral facts. Quiz Squirrel's "Fur Real" provides information about sleep habits of squirrels, armadillos, and house plants. Color-coded speech balloons and Willems's reliably expressive cartoon characters aid comprehension; "Emote-acorns" show up "when the Squirrels have BIG feelings" to reinforce the mood. This genre mash-up has what it takes to encourage newly independent readers: "'En-cour-aged'? What does that mean?' 'Being told you can do it by a friend.'"
Kirkus Reviews
A star-themed bedtime story—and so much more!The Unlimited Squirrels’ third series entry offers a “BIG Story!” along with a smorgasbord of squirrelly miscellany (jokes, a quiz, and facts). In the “BIG Story,” Zoom Squirrel dreams of sleeping under the stars for the first time. So, Zip Squirrel summons five other pals to help make it happen. At first the squirrels are uncertain how to help, but one suggests they all offer encouragement since Zoom Squirrel is trying something new (“Being encouraged gives me courage!”). The friends form a squirrel pyramid and chant “GO, ZOOMY!” and “YOU CAN DO IT!” But their encouragement doesn’t quite land. Zoom Squirrel wants “PEACE and QUIET,” not encouragement. The friends assume they’re simply using the wrong cheer so they split up into teams to shout “PEACE!” and whisper “Quiet!” By the time Zoom Squirrel corrects them again, it’s morning and the stars are gone! Having established the series formula, Willems is now free to explore it, and the installments get better and better. The smart design and layout uses color-coding and “emote-acorns” to help emerging readers decipher not only words and textual features, but feelings. The fact-based sections playfully combine photographs with Willems’ cartoon illustrations. In lieu of a bibliography to support the informational content, Willems thanks experts—a nod at citation but one that, unfortunately, doesn’t help readers who want to investigate further. (This book was reviewed digitally with 9-by-13-inch double-page spreads viewed at 76% of actual size.)Go, Unlimited Squirrels! Go, readers! (Early reader. 5-8)
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Word Count: 961
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 510223 / grade: Lower Grades

Mo Willems, creator of the revolutionary, award-winning, best-selling Elephant & Piggie books, has another breakout beginning-reader series. An ensemble cast of Squirrels, Acorns, and pop-in guests hosts a page-turning extravaganza. Each book features a funny, furry adventure AND bonus jokes, quirky quizzes, nutty facts, and so, so many Squirrels.

In I Want to Sleep Under the Stars, Zoom Squirrel dreams of sleeping under the night stars. The Squirrel pals are excited to help! But will their encouragement be enoughor too much? Do you know more about sleeping under the stars than the Squirrels do? You will by the end of this book!


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