Squirrels and The Importance of Having A Move
By Jill McElmurry
Schwartz & Wade Books, $16.99, 32 pages
We all need our own move. Mario Makes A Move looks at the fight between Mario and Isabelle. Mario is always creating moves, and Isabelle usually watches him with rapt attention. Eventually Isabelle decides to come up with her own move, and Mario stops creating moves and starts collecting sticks. Eventually he gets out of the funk when Isabelle shows him that everyone has their own move.
This is a fun book. The squirrels are fun to watch; how they plan out their moves on graph paper is fun. There are some entertaining little sight gags every so often that adults will catch that will go over the heads of kids. The characters are real enough that when Isabelle shows Mario that everyone has a move, and that moves can be combined, you actually want to slap Mario because he should have thought it up. The final page, with squirrel facts, is also pretty funny as it was written for comedy not science. Overall this is a great book, especially for younger readers.
Reviewed by Jamais Jochim