Squirrels in the Wall

My first impression of Squirrels in the Wall was that it would be bizarre and cringeworthy, that the tales would be long and it would be difficult to get through. However, I found it was quite the contrary. The chapters, each comprising a different story, are relatively short and told in no particular order.

It’s told as a series of stories about a family that lives in a house on a lake in Wisconsin. It ranges from stories about the family, told from the perspectives of one of the children to stories about a particular group of animals living on the lake, in no obvious order. My favorite story followed Barney, a 10-year-old boy, and a bee known as Z-z-z, and it alternated perspectives between Z-z-z and Barney as Barney steals honeycomb from the hive and Z-z-z fights to protect her home.

I found Squirrels in the Wall quirky, hilarious, and imaginative. It’s the perfect choice for someone looking for something a little different. But fair warning, it’s not for the faint of heart and if you are squeamish, maybe skip this one.


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