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Book Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World

February 13, 2017

30206050The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World
By Shannon Hale and Dean Hale
Marvel Press
(Library Book)

I loved this even more than I was expecting to. And that’s saying something. I’ve been a fan of Doreen Green and Squirrel Girl since I started reading the collected comics.

And this was such a fun, warm, funny and action-packed adventure that I didn’t severely miss seeing Squirrel Girl in panels.

It’s safe to say that this might be the most charming superhero origin story ever created. Doreen Green was born with the powers, and the tail of a squirrel. Her parents love and support her squirrel nature, but caution her to keep it secret. Adding to that, she’s moved to a new town and is anxious to make new friends. (Also: her new town is in New Jersey. Heh.) She wants to be a superhero, ideally an Avenger. When she’s older. Meanwhile, there’s school, and babysitting like any other fourteen year old. And getting to know the neighborhood squirrels. Like a Squirrel Girl.

There are also mechanized robots. Lots of mechanized robots. And a supervillain. And high school cliques, like the popular kids, the tough kids, and the LARPers. Yes, there are LARPers. And, once Doreen starts to make friends, there are running jokes about socks. Because I needed a reason to love this novel even more.

Pretty sure the target audience is young teenagers but I think any lover of goofy adventures and comics, or even stories with upbeat characters, is going to love this one.

Really hoping there are more in the series.

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