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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 250L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: GRAPHIX (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545312833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545312837
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5-8-Bird and Squirrel are unlikely friends. Bird is carefree, reckless, and always looking at the bright side of situations. Squirrel is nervous, pragmatic, and easily frightened. In an apparent homage to Aesop, the story begins with Squirrel anxiously gathering acorns for the winter while Bird flies around without any worries or responsibilities until he discovers that he's being stalked by a malicious cat. Despite the fact that he doesn't want to get involved, he finds himself coming to Bird's assistance and, after Squirrel's acorn trove is destroyed, the pair sets off on a southward adventure to escape the cold of winter and the cat's wrath. On the way, they encounter much comical misfortune and learn important lessons about friendship, teamwork, and enjoying life to its fullest. Young readers will enjoy the dynamic between the quirky duo and the humorous situations (and the clever yet slapstick ways in which they deal with them). The brightly colored panels and cartoon artwork attract the eye and complement the engaging, fast-paced story.-Rita Meade, Brooklyn Public Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

James Burks has spent the last fifteen years working in the animation industry on various movies and television shows, including THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE, ATLANTIS, TREASURE PLANET, SPACE JAM, THE IRON GIANT, WOW WOW WUBBZY, and most recently on FAN BOY & CHUM CHUM. BIRD & SQUIRREL ON THE RUN is his first graphic novel for Scholastic. James lives in Valencia, California.

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Wonderful illustrations, cute story line.
Nithzy
He sat down, looked at it and started to read and then proceeded to go sit in the living room and did not put it down until he had read the whole book.
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My 7 yr old daughter loves this book and read through it quickly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
Well, I found this book for my 8 yr. old grandson to read and he is just starting 3rd grade. He has never "read" a book all by himself cover to cover and for the first time; that's exactly what he did. He sat down, looked at it and started to read and then proceeded to go sit in the living room and did not put it down until he had read the whole book. He was over there on the couch laughing and just enjoying the book. My grandson is ADHD and I have always read to him and he does read usually every other page for me, but has not really gotten into a story like he did this one. I would HIGHLY recommend that you get this book for your child to read. PS I wish there was another book made in this series to get for him as he asked me to look and I would have ordered it for him...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By La Gialla on May 23, 2013
Format: Library Binding
This is one of the very few graphic novels you will find that a beginning/intermediate reader can read from cover to cover (okay, maybe they might skip a few words, but they'll be able to "take in" the full story). My kid is a mid-level 2nd grade reader, and it is tough to find books he can read on his own. The story is sweet and funny in places, but the author's accomplishment lies in how accessible it is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By xXxBATSxXx on August 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
First of all, the colors in this graphic novel are STUNNING!!! I love the little optimist Bird, and the grumbling Squirrel, and can relate to both in many ways. Some days I'm one, some days I'm the other. Their adventure is loads of fun, with lots of laughs, a little danger, and good lessons thrown in. I'm not a kid, but I can't imagine any kid not loving this book. James Burks has outdone himself on this one. I hope there will be a sequel. ;)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NebraskaIcebergs on May 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
It pays to make friends with your local librarian. They might lend you silly books! After chatting with our school librarian about my current reading project of graphic novels, she lent me one of her favorites: Bird and Squirrel on the Run by James Burks. It's hilarious and cute.

Bird and Squirrel on the Run features three main characters, of which I am most unlike Bird. When Bird first shows up on the pages, he's flying around singing about what a wonderful day it is and greeting everyone he meets. Haven't we all met perky people like this? Next thing Bird is getting Squirrel into trouble AND joking their way out of trouble. Ah, wouldn't I love to achieve this finesse? Later, when Bird and Squirrel decide hitting the road is their safest option, Bird never falters in his optimism. The two can fly, they can walk, they can sleep under the stars.... What I admire most about Bird is that even when Squirrel shoots down all of Bird's ideas, Bird is not fazed. Nope, instead he asks a most sensible question: "So, what's it going to be? Hit the open road with me or stay here and starve to death?" In asking this question, Bird proves that those "the sun is always shining" people have their use: they also keep the rest of going, going, going when all we see is clouds. Yay, for our positive friends!

The character whom I most resemble is Squirrel. When Bird first meets Squirrel, he asks, "Who are you hiding from?" Squirrel not only tells him Cat, but also elaborates: "Don't you know cats are responsible for 47 percent of all squirrel deaths in a year?" See, Squirrel not only knows his fears, but he has well thought out reasons for those fears. There's more. When Bird asks Squirrel to hang out, Squirrel tells him in no uncertain terms, "I've got work to do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on December 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
and by now, my 6 year old knows it by heart, can read it too, or better can rehearse it! fun, dynamic, age appropriate
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mikedi@ibm.net on June 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
At 6 and 8, they often read alone or to each other. So I didn't get to read this one until they asked for it again and again. What a great story. Our little one (who is a lot like Bird) says that, even though he doesn't have a sense of humor, Squirrel is still the funny one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Unknown noob on June 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I absolutely loved this book. I can't wait for number two. I believe this is the best quick read I've read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie Taber on December 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
We just got this book today and loved it! My four-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter laughed and laughed and keep begging me to read it again. We looked for more books, hoping it was a series, but alas, it seems to be the only one. Please write more! Love love love! Great pictures, great story, silly details and lots of laughs.
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James Burks has spent the last 18 years working in the animation industry on various movies and television shows, including The Emperor's New Groove, Atlantis, Treasure Planet, Home on the Range, Space Jam, The Iron Giant, Wow Wow Wubbzy, and most recently on Fan Boy and Chum Chum. His first graphic novel for kids, GABBY AND GATOR, was published by Yen Press and is a Junior Library Guild selection. James also has a picture book with Lerner/Carolrhoda entitled BEEP AND BAH, a new graphic novel with Scholastic/Graphix called Bird and Squirrel on the Run, and he illustrated a picture book for Simon & Schuster/Aladdin called the Monstore.

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