Bird and Squirrel continue their adventures from the last volume, by flying to the coldest reaches of the Earth. After making a crash landing, they make a new friend: Sakari the penguin. Sakari thinks that Bird is the Chosen One, meant to save her village from the Great Whale. Squirrel is incredulous that Bird could be anything but his goofy friend. The penguin villagers are adamant that Bird will defeat the Great Whale by being his last meal. Sakari, Squirrel, and Bird are determined not to let Bird be eaten as well as saving the village…if they can.
It’s so difficult to write a kid’s adventure story that’s entertaining, funny, and has great characters. James Burks is successful in more than one of these areas with his fantastic characters that leap off the pages and come alive in your imagination. Bird and Squirrel are loaded down with quirks that have developed since the last story. Squirrel is less of a hypochondriac, but still retains his sense of caution. Bird is still gung-ho and embodies the carpe diem spirit, except it gets him trouble in this book. Squirrel’s “look before you leap” attitude saves the day with, of course, teamwork. Sakari is a great addition to family. She’s a strong and eager penguin with a lot of determination.
Bird And Squirrel On Ice will appeal to younger fans, but if you are a little older don’t hesitate to read it either.