The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale was released last year and I loved it! So check out my Top 5 Reasons on why you will love Squirrel Girl and happy reading! Plus, now that book 2 in the series is available (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: 2 Fuzzy, 2 Furious) there is no better time to buy both! It is also #funkofriday so be sure to check out my accompanying instagram post!
Category: Middle Grade, Young Adult, Fantasy, Superheroes
Publication: February 7th, 2017; Marvel Press
WHO RUNS THE WORLD? SQUIRRELS! Fourteen-year-old Doreen Green moved from sunny California to the suburbs of New Jersey. She must start at a new school, make new friends, and continue to hide her tail. Yep, Doreen has the powers of . . . a squirrel! After failing at several attempts to find her new BFF, Doreen feels lonely and trapped, liked a caged animal. Then one day Doreen uses her extraordinary powers to stop a group of troublemakers from causing mischief in the neighborhood, and her whole life changes. Everyone at school is talking about it! Doreen contemplates becoming a full-fledged Super Hero. And thus, Squirrel Girl is born! She saves cats from trees, keeps the sidewalks clean, and dissuades vandalism. All is well until a real-life Super Villain steps out of the shadows and declares Squirrel Girl his archenemy. Can Doreen balance being a teenager and a Super Hero? Or will she go . . . NUTS?
I made a pact last year that I would try to read more Marvel comics. I was heavily reading DC (until Rebirth 😒) and Squirrel Girl was one of the comics that came recommended. So I couldn’t resist picking up Squirrel Girl, to go along with the Red Widow books.
Still thinking about whether or not to read it? Here’s my top 5 reasons why you need a little Squirrel Girl in your life.
1. Kick Butts and Eat Nuts. This tag line tells you everything. Doreen is a superhero with the strength and unique attributes of a squirrel, which means she’s strong and can command an army of the twitchy tailed creatures. As someone who once fought a squirrel and lost, I wouldn’t want to face her.
2. Relatable. Remember high school? Anyone else have to move to a new place and start over? This book captures that perfectly. Plus the Hales do a fantastic job of describing each member of the diverse cast.
3. Marvel Cameos. No, not Stan Lee but Iron Man, Black Widow, and more. I love how Doreen inserted herself into the squad (where she belongs!).
4. Written for All Ages. Here’s a book you can read with your family. Or listen to it, because it has an amazing audiobook. Maybe the kids aren’t ready for the violence in the Marvel movies but this is totally up their alley.
5. But Wait, There’s More! This book is a prequel to the current run of Squirrel Girl comics, which are just fantastic. It’s clear they partnered with Ryan North to capture the essence of Squirrel Girl. So you can get your fill and then some with the all ages comic.