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review 2019-01-16 00:46
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World - Shannon Hale,Vitale Mangiatordi,Dean Hale
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

This one is kind of tricky for me to review. There were things I really liked and things I wasn't such a fan of.

Overall, I think the book was good. I recently read The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power and loved it because it was super duper awesome. I fell in love with Doreen Green and her amazingness. So I was very excited to see that there was a novelization of her adventures and it was written by none other than Shannon Hale, the author of the Ever After High: Storybook of Legends book series, which I also love.

Then I got this. It wasn't bad, it just didn't reach my exceptions. There were definitely good things. I really liked Ana Sofia's character. I think the authors did a good job of incorporating various aspects of deaf culture into the text (ASL, hearing aids, music, lip reading). I was a little disappointed Ana Sofia could "read lips" like almost every deaf character in mass media, but I think they did a good job showing how it isn't an easy task and not a perfect system. I also thought it was good how Ana Sofia called out misperceptions about deafness in the book. 

But then there were things that were not so cool. For one thing, I was super confused why Tippy-Toe's sections were the only ones in first person. The other sections were in third person. Was Tippy-Toe supposed to be the narrator of the whole thing? I listened to the audiobook and they used different narrators for some of the sections, so even if that were true, it would be super confusing. The footnotes were funny, sometimes annoying and disruptive, but overall they were a good addition that definitely felt like something Squirrel Girl would do.

There were a few times where the narration just did not make sense. Like the whole carjacking scene. How it the world did she open the hood while standing on the hood? I realize she has unbeatable squirrel powers, but I don't think being able to move through solid objects is one of them. And then how did the carjacker keep driving when said hood was up? That scene totally threw me out of the narration because it was so confusing. I had to listen to it again and it still bugged me. 

I also felt that sometimes the book got a little dark. There are dangerous things and fight scenes that happen in the graphic novel, but the cutesy, colorful artwork and hilarious dialogue helped brighten it up. Without the visuals, the book was kind of creepy and weird. Tippy-Toe's sections felt especially gritty. And what was with all of the cute animals in danger? Seriously? Trying to poison dogs and squish squirrels? Are you kidding me? Unnecessarily dark, especially for a Squirrel Girl book. 

So overall, I thought it was good, but some things just didn't seem to ring true for Squirrel Girl. I loved the comic because it was a funny spin on a superhero adventure. This was a decent book, but not one of my favorites.
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review 2018-12-26 21:29
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1: Squirrel Power - Ryan North,Erica Henderson
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

So glad I finally got around to reading Squirrel Girl. It was everything I didn't know I was missing in my life.

I absolutely loved this book. It was punny and amazing with great artwork and hilarious dialogue. So fantastic. Squirrel Girl is the best. 

At the bottom of the pages are some sneakily included narration lines that are seriously funny. The graphic novel also included letters from fans and responses as well are awesome cover variant. They even included Squirrel Girl's first appearance, which was interesting to see. 

Loved this and can't wait to read the next one. My only regret is that I got this from the library and now I have to actually go out and buy the entire series. Oh well, good problem to have I guess. 

Squirrel Girl fan for life!
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review 2017-07-28 03:36
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World (audiobook) by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, narrated by Abigail Revasch and Tara Sands
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World - Shannon Hale,Dean Hale,Abigail Revasch,Tara Sands

I’m going to start this off by saying that I’ve never read any of the Squirrel Girl comics. I wouldn’t even know she existed if it weren’t for people’s reviews on Booklikes. I bought this because the excerpt I listened to sounded good and because I vaguely remembered Squirrel Girl seeming like a fun character when I read those comics reviews.

I should also mention that I took a lengthy break in the middle of listening to this audiobook - not because it was bad, but because I got into one of my “I don’t want to listen to audiobooks” moods. I think I slid back into it and remembered things pretty well, but if I get some details wrong that's probably why.

In this book, Doreen Green is 14 years old and has just moved from California to New Jersey. Going to a new school and making new friends isn’t easy, but Doreen happens to have the most powerful positive attitude on the planet. And also the powers of a squirrel, complete with the tail and teeth. All her life, Doreen’s parents have told her that she has to hide her tail and abilities - after all, they’re so awesome that everyone around her would instantly be jealous and sad that they weren’t like her. But Doreen can’t help herself and accidentally reveals what she can do while dealing with a local group of troublemakers.

Thankfully Doreen’s identity is safe. It seems that her tail has magical attention-diverting powers. While it’s out, she goes by the name she has always secretly called herself: Squirrel Girl. Unfortunately, even though Squirrel Girl isn’t technically a superhero (you can’t just call yourself a superhero, right?), it isn’t long before she finds herself dealing with what appears to be an actual supervillain.

This had two narrators: Abigail Revasch for the bits from Doreen’s POV and Tara Sands for the bits from Tippy Toe the squirrel’s POV. They were both good, but Abigail Revasch was the one who absolutely made this book shine for me. She somehow managed to be a perfect fit for both relentlessly positive Doreen and Doreen’s much more cynical friend Ana Sofia. She also did an amazing job on the squirrel talk.

For the most part, this was the literary equivalent of cotton candy: light, fluffy, and sweet. Doreen put a huge smile on my face, and I loved it anytime things went well for her. It was hard to imagine anything truly bad happening in a world where she existed, and the supervillain who had chosen her to be his archnemesis seemed particularly ridiculous, with his forced evil laughter and zucchini-based decoy. There were lots of funny lines and scenes. Probably my favorites were Doreen’s efforts at texting superheroes for help. She accidentally insulted Tony Stark multiple times (his ego could totally survive it, so I didn’t feel bad for laughing), and Winter Soldier was hilariously intense (I’m not familiar with him, although I’ve at least heard a little about the movie). The revelations about Rocket’s massive pranks were also good, and the bit with Thor was incredibly cute and sweet, even if I had a little trouble believing it.

Surprisingly, this book had some serious moments later on. The supervillain left me feeling conflicted. On the one hand, his history was pretty sad, but on the other hand he almost managed to kill a lot of squirrels and people (including a baby). Probably the most painful part of the book, though, was when

Squirrel Girl was publicly ridiculed. Even Doreen’s positive attitude couldn’t withstand that.

(spoiler show)

All in all, this was a really enjoyable audiobook. There were times when I could definitely tell that I wasn’t the target audience (too old - I’m pretty sure this was aimed at Middle Grade readers), and the baby love got to be a bit much occasionally (Doreen and her squirrel friends adored babies), but I had a lot of fun anyway.


Rating Note:


I debated giving this 4 stars but decided that my love of Doreen and Abigail Revasch's narration pushed this up to 4.5 stars. I could definitely imagine relistening to this if I needed a pick-me-up.


(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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text 2017-07-27 16:32
Reading progress update: I've listened 459 out of 473 minutes.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World - Shannon Hale,Dean Hale,Abigail Revasch,Tara Sands

Squirrel Girl to Black Widow: "Tony Stark? Iron Man? Isn't he just your errand boy?"


Oh boy.


Also, has Thor always loved socks? Because he really loves socks in this. I mean, it's super cute and basically Ana Sofia's dream come true, but I wouldn't have figured him for a huge sock fan.

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quote 2017-07-25 21:10
The internet can be a black hole of meanie pantsery. Run away!
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World - Shannon Hale,Dean Hale,Abigail Revasch,Tara Sands

(5 hours and 24 minutes in.)


A good quote for when you find a news article and are thinking about taking a look at the comments section.

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