|Acorn was a little wild|
Author: Arena, Jen
Acorn is the first one off the tree, longing for adventure and new experiences (though maybe not being eaten), but when a squirrel buries Acorn he is forced to stay still in the dark until the exciting changes begin, and he grows into a mighty oak--though at heart he is still a little wild.
School Library Journal (12/01/21)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/02/22)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 12/01/2021 PreS-Gr 3—Acorn is ready to let go of the mighty oak tree and set out on exciting adventures. Oak warns the little guy about squirrels, but Acorn, a born thrill-seeker, doesn't listen, loving the bounces down the hill and taunting the squirrels to catch him. After some close encounters, Acorn gets buried in the earth. What seems like the inevitable end of his adventures turns out to be the beginning as Acorn grows into a magnificent tree—teasing, encouraging, and entertaining the forest's many occupants with his fun-loving spirit. The adorably, exuberant illustrations are a highlight. The rambunctious and untamed spirit of the flora and fauna is clearly conveyed alongside bold seasonal colors. This book will easily support science discussions on the life cycle of trees, with a caveat. To reinforce Acorn's daredevil vitality, some of the language is deliberately colloquial (worms are described as "so chill"), but it is infrequent enough to feel out of place. Readers may infer various positive messages from the story, despite "wild" having a mostly negative meaning as applied to behavior. They will also delightedly discover the importance of having a good attitude when facing life's challenges: Change and growth can be exciting instead of scary, and it's okay to hold on to the carefree joy of youth. VERDICT A perfect invitation into learning about the life cycle of trees, this is also a lighthearted glimpse into one little adventurer's exciting journey.—Alyssa Annico, Youngstown State Univ., OH - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 04/15/2022 Acorn is a fearless and lively little nut, eager to explore his surroundings. Despite Oak’s warning about squirrels, Acorn jumps from his branch, rolling downhill with the sun and breeze deliciously on his cap. The cute anthropomorphized acorn even gets a thrill when a squirrel picks him up and bounds with him up a tree. The excitement fades, however, when the squirrel attempts to nibble Acorn, who makes a quick escape—only to be scooped up by another squirrel. But this time, he gets buried in the soft, wet ground. Miffed that his adventuring has been cut short, Acorn comes to realize that being buried is its own kind of adventure. Acorn uses his time underground for mindful observation, personal growth (literally), and reflection. A four-panel spread shows Acorn growing through the different seasons until he becomes a strong, tall tree with acorns of his own, which he encourages to “Go for it!” when their itch for independence begins. A lovely story about growing up and being your own person. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.