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Children's Fiction Squirrels

Squirrels! This is Not a Book about Dinosaurs

by (author) Melina Shoenborn

illustrated by Felipe Arriagada-Nunez

translated by Jeffrey K. Butt

Initial publish date
Jun 2024
Squirrels, Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures, General
Recommended Age
4 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2024
    List Price

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When a loud-mouthed dinosaur meets a brainy squirrel in this award-winning picture book, we learn that everyone has a story to tell

Squirrels are amazing! But look out, this dinosaur wants to steal the show! Every time the squirrel tries to tell us amazing things about squirrels (There are flying squirrels! The largest squirrels are as big as dogs!) the rude dinosaur barges in.

But the adorable and clever squirrel has lots of tricks to make sure we hear all we want to know (Squirrels use their tails like blankets, and also to communicate!). It's a book for anyone who loves squirrels or dinosaurs, and teaches us that if only we persevere, we will find a way to get our story heard.






About the authors

Contributor Notes

Mélina Schoenborn is a children's book author from Canada. She loves writing stories for children and making intriguing objects in her ceramics workshop. But what she's really passionate about is eating lots of doughnuts before meals. She also wrote Bob le bobo, which won the Children's Book Prize of Quebec.


Felipe Arriagada-Nunez, aka Chien Champion, is an illustrator and art director who was born in Montreal. He offers a colorful, cartoonish, child-like universe that's always on the move, whether in the form of album covers, animations or music videos. Follow him on Instagram at @chien.champion.

Jeffrey K. Butt is a translator residing in St. John’s, Canada. Jeffrey holds a Masters degree in French from Memorial University of Newfoundland, as well as a Master in Literary Translation from Trinity College, Dublin. When not translating, Jeffrey enjoys spending time at his cottage, gardening, hiking, traveling, and practicing Taekwon-Do, in which he holds a 4th degree Black Belt.



Editorial Reviews

"A narcissistic dinosaur hijacks an informational text about squirrels, much to the consternation of the squirrel narrator." – Kirkus

"A book packed with fun facts, cleverly inserted into a zany and highly sympathetic narrative." - Émilie Folie-Boivin, Québec Science

"This book, halfway between an album and a documentary, is a delight. Between the squirrel's desperate efforts and the dinosaur's slightly irreverent comments, the reader is swept up in an exciting read where, in spite of everything, he learns a lot! - Sophie Loiselle, Le Soleil

"Best squirrel book ever!" - Un autre blogue de maman

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