“Greed, it was driving them over the edge”.
This is a comical tale of two squirrels with very different personalities and how they learn to get along.
‘Spontaneous Cyril’ is not one to think ahead. While all the other forest creatures are busy collecting and storing food for winter, he’s out partying. As the weather cools, he realises that his lack of planning and hard work has left his food cupboard empty.
‘Plan-Ahead Bruce’, on the other hand, has amassed an obscenely large stockpile of provisions, but is still convinced he hasn’t got quite enough. When both squirrels spot the last pine cone of the season hanging tantalisingly from a branch, a frantic race begins between them to grab the prize. This involves a close run-in with a bear and a near-drowning experience in the rapids. Fortunately, Cyril manages to grab Bruce from the water and drag him to safety. Bedraggled and gasping from their battle to win the last nut (which was completely in vain as a bird swooped down and stole it), they suddenly realise how silly they have been and share a good laugh together. They vow to stop squabbling and start sharing, and organise a big feast for all the animals to enjoy.
Rachel Bright’s effortlessly flowing, engaging story and Jim Field’s expressive and animated character illustrations are a match made in heaven. A cracker of a picture book containing some really important messages for children.