Caramel has always enjoyed books by Mo Willems. He has already reviewed a book from his Pigeon series and another from his Elephant and Piggie series for the book bunnies blog. Today he reviews I Want to Sleep Under the Stars!, the third book in Willems’s more recent Unlimited Squirrels series. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.
Sprinkles: Hey Caramel, I saw you with a new Mo Willems book!
Caramel: Peace. Peace. Peace. Quiet. Quiet. Quiet.
S: What are you talking about?
C: Sorry, I was just reading the book.
S: So what is going on?
C: Right now I’m reading the part where three squirrels are yelling “Peace!” and another three are whispering “Quiet!”
S: But why?
C: Because Zoom Squirrel said he wants some peace and quiet to sleep so his friends break into two teams, one team for peace and another for quiet. And then they come and yell at Zoom: “Peace!” “Peace!” “Peace!” and the others whisper: “Quiet!” “Quiet!” “Quiet!”
S: Hmm, do you think that could help you go to sleep?
C: No, probably not. But they are trying.
S: So the story is that Zoom wants to sleep and his friends are really trying to help, and not really doing a great job with it. Did I get the story right?
S: So all throughout, Zoom is trying to sleep and his friends’ help doesn’t help.
C: But they never give up trying to help. They want to be good friends. And they in the end help him to sleep under the stars in a way. But I won’t give away the ending!
S: Yes, let us not.
S: This sounds like a really sweet story. But this book has 96 pages! Is the story about Zoom trying to sleep under the stars the whole story of the book?
C: Most of it. But there are other things in the book too. There are some pages with facts about animals and stars, and three two-page parts where there are joking acorns telling jokes. They are weird jokes.
S: I thought a few of the jokes were fine, some were sillier than others.
C: The acorns tell only three jokes. But there are other animals asking questions too. There is a squirrel, the Quiz Squirrel, that asks a question about sleeping animals. They ask which of three animals sleeps longest every day.
S: Yes, that was interesting. Did you guess the answer?
C: No, I was wrong. It was interesting!
S: Yes, I agree. I thought that you might also enjoy the facts in this book. There are quite a few!
C: Yep. My favorite is about the sleeping animals, but I can’t give it away. Bunnies should figure it out on their own.
S: Yes, I agree. Okay then Caramel, before we wrap this up, what three words would you like to use to describe this book?
C: Colorful, squirrel-ly, funny.
S: I don’t think squirrel-ly is a word, but there are a lot of squirrels in this book so let’s keep it. So how do you want to end the review?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunnies reviews!