From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1-Dealing with a common preschooler fear, this amusing book will hit the spot with apprehensive youngsters. Rosie the squirrel worries that her mother and father won't come home. She asks her Aunt Lily, "What if something happened? What if- what if- a tiger ate them?" And then she answers her own question: "But I would rescue them-. I would chase that tiger until he let them free." After several scary speculations about her parents' fate, all solved by Rosie, the two return-exactly on time. Chorao's gouache, colored-pencil, and pen-and-ink illustrations are full of humor and action, and bursting with color. The intrepid, endearing heroine is shown coping with every imaginary emergency with insouciance as her aunt admires her bravery.Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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PreS. Rosie, an exuberant young squirrel, anxiously awaits her parents' return. Settled on the couch with her aunt, Lily, Rosie begins to imagine horrible scenarios--her parents fall prey to a tiger, a giant bird, a sea serpent, a tidal wave, a hungry fox--that are followed by Rosie's proud explanation of how she would come to the rescue. Finally her parents appear, just when they said they would. Roberts' short, lively text has an appealing, repetitive rhythm, bouncing between Rosie's apocalyptic fears and her swaggering heroics, a contrast that's nicely echoed in Aunt Lily's comments, "That would be horrible!" and "Aren't you brave!" Chorao's illustrations, rendered in gouache, pencil, and ink, capture wild scenes of disaster and rescue, ending in Rosie's cozy home, with the wide-eyed, irresistible Rosie, surrounded by tiger bookends, a stuffed fox, and other things that inspired her visions of disaster. A lively, lighthearted spin on a common fear. Gillian EngbergCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved