Hornbook Guide to Children (07/01/2005):
Miss Suzy, a squirrel, is routed from her idyllic treetop home by a bunch of ruffian squirrels; moves into an attic dollhouse; welcomes and mothers some abandoned toy soldiers; and then regains her first, beloved home with the soldiers' help. The book's appeal is in the coziness of the homes gentle Miss Suzy creates and in Lobel's expressive crosshatch illustrations.
Publishers Weekly (09/13/2004):
Miss Suzy: 40th Anniversary Edition by Miriam Young, illus. by Arnold Lobel, celebrates this tale's reissue. Miss Suzy, a gray squirrel, lives "in the tip, tip, top of a tall oak tree" --until a throng of mean red squirrels displaces her. She retreats to a dollhouse and meets some toy soldiers who help her reclaim her house. Lobel's pen-and-ink drawings with a burgundy wash alternate with full-color pictures in hues bold and rich or delicate and ethereal.
Tricia O loved Miss Suzy as a girl and her children do now, so when they found a five-week-old orphaned squirrel they took her in and named her ... Miss Suzy. She's almost old enough now to be released. What a sweet story!
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