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Dart and the Squirrels Paperback – Large Print, May 2, 2011
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About the Author
Nicole Izmaylov Born in Atlanta Georgia, Nicole Izmaylov won the Reflections contest several years in a row in the categories of literature and musical composition, including multiple first places at the state level. She also received national recognition for her poetry, won the Georgia Author of the Year Award for her children’s book, Ronnie and BB (2009), and has been nominated for the 2011 GAYA for her second book,The Draçian Dance (2010), which was written for young adult audiences. Nicole's interests include playing violin and piano and participating in the Academic, Debate, and Drama Clubs at her middle school.
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What I'd like to know is how her three even knew I had this book on my TBR list! Methinks those noises from my attic might not have been from either cats or coons!
In any event, I just knew Nicole and Michelle Izmaylov wouldn't mind since the book in question is written in the same style! Say what?! Yes, Dart and the Squirrels is told by Dart and he does a wonderful job...but since the requesters were, you know, of the squirrel family...and since I saw that the least talkative in the book was Emilia, I figured she'd have a good handle on telling my readers about their book! Welcome Emilia!
Oh! Hello down there! I was so happy to see that you live in the woods with all these beautiful trees that I just had to come up and see your cabin from my normal point of view, shall we say? And I'm so happy to hear about the special request for us to come at this time! Yoo! Hoo! Boys...
Well, Hi Emilia...glad to see you made yourself comfortable! Since you live in a house now, I'm happy to give you a vacation into your own habitat for a little while! And thank you so much for visiting us at Book Readers Heaven...I so enjoyed meeting all of you in your book!
Well, I was surprised to be the one invited...When we heard about your reading our book, everybody figured you'd invite Dart...In fact, he was quite disappointed! And then Ferdinand, the great wordssquirrel thought surely he...
So, I hope you don't mind, but they sent a couple of pictures for me to share, just so you know what you're missing for not inviting the... Oh, my, I didn't mean to say that here, but they both pestered me so much that I kept worrying about how to bring them into our discussion.
So, I'd better go ahead and tell more about the story... Dart Onion (I always say his name this way since I fumble over the spelling of his real name--"D'Artagnan.") was selected by Charlie, the boy in our family...and I have to laugh as to why he was selected...he "passed gas" (I refused to say that other word as a lady) and the Boy went wild laughing and immediately gave him another name which I also refused to say...)
Anyway, he was just getting used to the family life when I came into the picture. He was not happy...
Well, you can be sure I wasn't happy either! I wanted to be outside where I belonged...getting to meet someone special, but here I was getting involved with a dog, two girls and a boy, all of whom just wanted to touch and play with me...well, I was having a very hard time!
And then one day I saw him! He was lurking out in the yard, and every once in awhile, he would peek out from behind the tree. Was he really looking at me? I wasn't totally sure, but you know how we female squirrels are...Sigh, I began to dream that maybe he was my knight in shining armor.
But even if he did like me, I couldn't get out and he couldn't get in. Even poor Dart began to worry about me--he could tell I was getting more and more depressed. Was it possibly "love" I was feeling?
What was a squirrel to do? And I didn't even realize that Dart was trying to get rid of me!
He was developing his plan, called CRUD--did you ever hear of such a silly name for a plan? Anyway, he was going to run away and make the rest of our family know just how important he was to them, and then when he was the top dog again, he would figure out how to get rid of me...
But guess what? When he got out, he met my secret admirer out in the yard! And, well, you just won't believe what happened then!
Oh, before I forget, I'm supposed to tell all you readers that our book is BRH Recommended! I'm so happy to have visited today and have enjoyed every moment...
It's because he isn't any of those things. Well, except the dog part. And the grizzled old German Shepherd part, which is his own self-description.
It would be all okay with him if he was just left in the dog shelter, but this was not to be. Not only is he "burdened" with being adopted, it's by a family, with kids...
Well, maybe it'll work out. After all, there is much food to be had. And the attention--not so bad, once you got used to it.
But the collar...
And the endless trips to school for "Show and Tell"...
And the tree that rudely entered the house, with the squirrel that rudely entered his life.
Oh, no. Make that two squirrels. One that thinks he's a tree-dwelling knight in shining, um, fur.
So, what's a curmudgeonly old dog to do?
This was such a funny, sweet, and ingeniously original book. We always hear of the Lassie-type dogs--the ones that would run and find help whenever Timmy fell down the well and couldn't climb out. Dart seems the type that would just roll his eyes and say, "Again? This is, like, the third time this month. So here's a rope. I'm going to go take a nap."
A story from the standpoint of a dog that brooks no unwanted company, but is neck-deep in it anyway. From his days as the "Demon Farter" to the New Year's Eve that changes lives, every page is funny, sometimes heartwarming, and always worth every word.
Nice job, Ms. Izmaylov!
Once the family is finally home, they begin working on the tedious task of choosing a name. However, family tradition is to choose names alphabetically, which means that the dog's name will begin with the letter "D." After some bickering between the twins and their brother, they finally settle on the name D'Artagnan Whirligig Scribe, or Dart for short.
As the story develops, Dart gives us his insights on things, which I feel could closely relate to any new member of the family. Dart is living life as the center of attention - scraps for dinner, going to show and tell, and being treated as one of the family. That is until a tornado comes rushing through town, literally dropping a new member of the family right into the house!
This is a cute read that is recommended for children and adults. The only issue I had is that the images were too small on my Kindle for PC application.
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