The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

This is exactly what I expected it to be, Shannon and Gale Hale were able to perfectly channel squirrels and their unending determination, cleverness and love of all things nuts. They did a great job of showing the Marvel universe of superheroes as part of our world and I loved the interaction with the other superhero characters such as Squirrel Girl texting the Black Widow or Iron Man. In this book Doreen Green, otherwise known as Squirrel Girl, has moved to New Jersey which is infested with ill-behaved teenagers and LARPers (Live Action Role Play-ers). Doreen sees no reason why her community should continue on this way, so when she starts to help out in the neighborhood, she accidently transforms herself into what she has always dreamed of but never been able to actually become, Squirrel Girl. This book brought to life the idea of everyday superheroes in a perfect way showing the responsibility, conflict and most of all commitment it takes to be a superhero. This book seemed a little young for me, although it talked about high schoolers, it was all from the perspective of a middle schooler. This made it so that some of Squirrel Girl’s battles seemed a little trivial. But the trivial aspect is an important message showing how something that seems important in the moment, is important. But it will not stay as important once things change. Just because things seem to escalate quickly and are dramatized does not mean they are not important to the person experiencing them, showing this book has lots of other great life lessons hidden within.

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