It is not often that I recommend a levelled book as I’m a big believer that children should have freedom of choice when it comes to book selection and should not be confined by colours, bands or levelled books. However, this particular book is a rather delightful addition to the Bloomsbury Young Readers series and deserves a mention.
There’s nothing better than a free breakfast is there? This is something that Elvis the Squirrel whole-heartedly believes in and after spotting a free feed on a nearby bird table he is quick to head in its direction accompanied by his rather more cautious friend, Chuck. The two squirrels are not the only ones on the hunt for breakfast, Ronnie the Raven is on the hunt too. And when Chuck gets squirrel-napped by Ronnie, Elvis is forced to postpone his breakfast plans and must instead save his friend from becoming Ronnie’s morning snack…
Elvis the Squirrel is a funny animal story that will amuse and entertain young readers, particularly animal lovers. After upsetting the local bird gang as a result of stealing their food, Elvis finds himself begging for their help to get his friend back. Luckily, the birds have a severe dislike towards Ronnie the Raven and the plan that Elvis presents to get his friend back also has the added bonus of causing some pain (albeit gentle pain) to Ronnie and the bird gang are more than happy to join in. The antics that play out through a mischievous squirrel, some angry birds and a hungry raven are light-hearted and make for a story that is easy to follow and most enjoyable.
There are some lovely little lessons explored in this read with readers learning about the risks of taking things that are not meant for you, the importance of listening to others, and the benefits of teamwork and helping others.
Presented over six short chapters and with gorgeous illustrations throughout, this makes for a lovely introduction to chapter books for emerging readers and supports them in building up their reading stamina. Told mostly in simple sentences, the story features some delicious language including scampering, nervously, whimpered and trembling.
Recommended for 5+.