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Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
Lil’ Scrappy –N- Rail: The Missing Acorn by Robert E.O. Crewe is an illustrated story about Scrappy the squirrel. Scrappy is hungry and Mother Squirrel gives him a bowl of his favourite food – acorns. Scrappy manages to eat them all but one. Just as he is about to eat the last acorn, he hears his friend, Rail, outside and wants to join him. His mother tells him to put the acorn away, but Scrappy is so excited about going outside he doesn’t do as he was told and leaves the acorn in the bowl. When Scrappy and Rail have finished playing, they hurry indoors to finish off the last acorn, but it has disappeared. Scrappy and Rail turn detectives to find the missing acorn.
The author, Robert E.O. Crewe, is also the illustrator, and he has done a wonderful job of creating a lovable character in Scrappy. The illustrations are colourful, bright and amusing, and the reader is carried along in the story, especially when Scrappy and Rail become detectives to search for “The Missing Acorn.” What I particularly liked was the glossary at the end with words and their meanings. The author has cleverly realised that not all young children may know what an acorn is, or pop tarts. There are also some mini activities at the end, including connect the dots and colour and a maze to find the acorn. I think the story is enhanced by being told in rhyme, which makes it flow well and keeps it amusing.