Picture book for 2-5 year olds with 12 double-page spreads. Illustration ideas and speech bubbles in italics.
Blurb for Back Cover
Johnny likes to say he’s Super Squirrel! Every day he wolfs down a super portion of peanuts and doesn’t share them with his friends Rosie, Snowdrop and the pigeons. But when Johnny’s in danger he needs his friends’ help. Will they come to the rescue?
One day Johnny jumped out of his nest and said, “I’m Super Squirrel and I’m invincible!” He raced down the apple tree, skipped across the street and ran like lightning to Mrs James’ garden.
Picture of Johnny trampling on Mrs James’ flowerbed, kicking up the soil and pushing the butterflies out of the way. Small garden creature, e.g. a ladybird, making fun of Johnny – [speech bubble], “I’m Super Squirrel and I’m a show-off!”
Mrs James always left some peanuts outside for Johnny, Rosie the rat, her bunny Snowdrop and the pigeons. But Johnny didn’t just eat his portion, he wolfed down the whole lot!
When his friends Rosie, Snowdrop and the pigeons got up, they were all gone. “Have you seen our peanuts?” they asked. “Nnnno,” burped Johnny.
Usually Johnny played ball with his friends but today he stayed by himself to practise his superhero moves “Crash! Boom! Rawr! I’m Super Squirrel and I save the world!” “Kick! Bang! Whoa! Peanuts make me super strong!”
The next day Johnny woke up and said, “I’m Super Squirrel and I’m formidable!”
He zoomed down the apple tree, dashed across the street and munched all the peanuts in Mrs James’ garden.
Picture of Johnny bumping into a couple of bushes, snapping off a few twigs, etc. in his race to get to the peanuts. Small garden creature making fun of Johnny – [speech bubble], “I’m Super Squirrel and I’m very silly!”
By the time Rosie, Snowdrop and the pigeons got up, there were none left. “Did you eat our peanuts?” they asked. “No!” said Johnny with his mouth full.
Rosie, Snowdrop and the pigeons played ball together but Johnny was busy doing his superhero moves. “Flip! Bump! Wheee! I’m Super Squirrel and I’m one in a million!” He stuffed two peanuts into his mouth, ”Can I have one?” asked Rosie. Johnny ran off, “I’m Super Squirrel and I need more peanuts!”
The next day Johnny got up and yelled, “I’m Super Squirrel and I’m unbeatable!”
He whizzed down the apple tree, scampered across the street and hurried to Mrs James’ garden. Johnny gobbled up as many peanuts as he could and hid the rest under the daffodils.
Picture of Johnny kicking up some leaves and flattening Mrs James’ flowers to get to the peanuts. Small garden creature making fun of Johnny – [speech bubble], “I’m Super Squirrel and I’m the greediest in the Universe!”
When Rosie, Snowdrop and the pigeons got up, Johnny went off to try his superhero moves. “Snap! Pow! Whish! I’m Super Squirrel and I’m invisible!” “Whack! Wham! Bam! Watch out baddies, here I come!” Johnny was so busy spinning and jumping around that he didn’t see…
MADAM AND TIDDLES! Johnny ran for his life, but he’d eaten too many peanuts and couldn’t climb the apple tree. “You’re finished, Super Squirrel!” said Madam. “Yeah, you’re dinner!” said Tiddles.
Pictures of cats chasing Johnny, who is not behaving like a superhero at all! Small garden creature making fun of Johnny – [speech bubble], “I’m Super Squirrel and I’m in a pickle!”
Madam and Tiddles were hot on his heels and were about to grab his fluffy tail. Johnny cried at the top of his voice, “Rosie! Snowdrop! Pigeons! HEEEEEELP!!!”
Snowdrop pricked up his ears, “I think Johnny’s in trouble!” “He never shares his peanuts,” said the pigeons. “He’s Super Squirrel, he can look after himself!” said Rosie. “But he’s our friend,” said Snowdrop, “let’s go!”
The pigeons flew up and flapped their wings super loudly above Madam and Tiddles. Snowdrop zig-zagged at top speed in front of the cats to let Johnny escape. Rosie climbed super fast up a tree and dropped conkers on the cats. “OOOOOWWW!” meowed Madam and Tiddles as they fled with the shells stuck to their bottoms.
The cats are scared by the noisy flapping and confused by Snowdrop’s zig-zagging, so Johnny gets away. Rosie, Snowdrop and the pigeons are helpful, brave and resourceful – they are the real heroes. Include action symbols, e.g. lightning flash, movement lines, spinning circles, in the pictures.
Johnny dived under Snowdrop’s blanket. His fur was all messy and his tail was shaking. ”Thank you for helping me!” he sniffed, “I’m sorry I was mean.” “That’s alright,” said Snowdrop, who had not had a peanut for three days. Rosie and the pigeons gathered round. “You are SUPER FRIENDS!” said Johnny.
Snowdrop is a house bunny so he sleeps in a dog bed with blanket in Mrs James’ house. There are leaves and dirt stuck in Johnny’s coat and bits of fur missing.
Johnny digs up the peanuts and dishes them out to his friends.
Johnny, Rosie, Snowdrop and the pigeons had a fantastic picnic in the garden. They played ball together and Johnny showed them his superhero moves. And from that day he always shared his peanuts with his friends.