The true story of an injured, then fully recovered baby squirrel, who returned to a life in nature, regularly visited the man who nurtured him, and was featured in an article on the front page of The Boston Globe!
Erebia’s playful pictures steal the show in his lighthearted adventure, and animal lovers will devour the escapades of Pepito and friends. Fun facts like “A group of squirrels, is called a scurry” and the star’s affinity for rolling in peat moss and loam will charm younger fans and provide teaching moments. The eccentricities of Erebia’s rhythmic text sometimes distracts from the merriment (“Pepito would climb walls, right up he’d go / He’d leave behind, the ground below”), but the message comes through, inviting readers into a squirrel’s daily life. Pepito’s single-mindedness during pre-winter acorn burying is amusingly paired with his distinctive stunts—“It really was funny, he’d poke and he’d dig / And, when he was done, he’d dance an old jig."
Though geared for younger audiences, this squirrelly promenade has staying power and will hit the spot for anyone who enjoys carefree animal play and is amused by (or tolerant of) doggerel. From their discriminating palates (“he also went nuts, For almonds, peanuts, pecans, and walnuts”) to their penchant for wrestling, Pepito and his entourage entertain. Erebia’s affinity for nature highlights the special attachment between humans and animals, and his affectionate carousing with Pepito is aptly memorialized in the abundant action shots that are the hallmark of Erebia’s True Tail Tale nonfiction series.
Takeaway: A spirited adventure of squirrel horseplay, complete with educational tidbits and enjoyable photos.
Great for fans of: Nick Newman and Karin Mitchell’s The Rhino Crash, Beverly Keil’s Diary of a Dumpster Pup, Belinda Recio’s Inside Animal Hearts and Minds.
Design and typography: A
Marketing copy: B
My students were delighted to see Pepito again in a second book. - Childrens Bookself
Pepito made the front cover of the Boston Globe! - Bedtime Stories Forever
A beautiful rhyming book can be read-aloud. - Kidliomag
The 2nd of the Pepito books is a must read written in rhyme. Heartwarming, wonderful story. - Kid's Picture Book Review
It was an absolute joy. Reminds me why children dream of becoming a doctor. - We Review Picture Books
Charming continuation of Pepito, I enjoyed all the new adventures, artwork and hilarity! - Amy Thurber, illustrator of In the Wake of the Willows
After reading these two books, it's clear why Pepito has quite the following! - Author of Hatch!
KIRKUS VERDICT: GET IT!
Armchair animal watchers will enjoy the outdoor sights in this installment.
Delightfully heartfelt and adventurous . . .
In this charming second installment of Pepito the Squirrel, Erebia takes readers on the young squirrel’s mischievous exploits.
The rhyming text is addictive, and the delightful images bring the reader closer to Pepito.
Thoroughly page-turning, this is a treat for preschoolers and older children alike.