Norma and Belly : Donut Feed the Squirrels
by Song, Mika






Two squirrels-and best friends-meet their match: a donut food truck! A hilarious young graphic novel perfect for fans of Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea and anyone who would do ANYTHING for a donut.

Norma and Belly plan to start the day with some pancakes, but when Norma accidentally burns them, these two best friends set out to find a new treat. Chestnuts might be nice . . . but what is that delicious smell in the distance? A new food truck has parked near their tree, and these two squirrels are going to figure out how to get their hands on these "donuts" that it seems to be selling.

Mika Song gives readers something to laugh at as these squirrels try their hardest to get some donuts while just about everything goes wrong. A fun "donut caper" graphic novel that focuses on madcap action, problem-solving, and the power of working together.





Mika Song is a children's writer/illustrator who makes stories about sweetly funny outsiders. She grew up in Manila, Philippines and Honolulu, Hawaii before moving to New York to study at Pratt Institute. She studied animation and worked as an animator before getting into children's books.

In 2015, she received the Portfolio Award at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Winter Conference in NYC. Tea with Oliver (HarperCollins) is the first book she both wrote and illustrated. Donut Feed the Squirrels is her debut graphic novel.

@mikasongdraws





*Starred Review* It's been a rollercoaster of a morning for squirrel sisters Norma and Belly. First there were going to be pancakes (queue the Pancake Dance!). Then, the pancakes burned, ruining breakfast. And then, a delicious new smell wafts in the girls' direction. They (and a park's worth of other squirrels) follow the scent to a red food truck that's selling something called donuts. Norma lets out a rallying cry, "Donuts for everyone!" before taking off with Belly to procure the treat with a stack of chestnuts. After some minor gymnastics, the two squirrels perch in front of the order window, request two donuts, and are spritzed with water by the baker for their trouble. Undeterred, Norma and Belly recruit Gramps (the expert in disguise) and Little Bee (the getaway driver) to pull off a donut heist. Song's utterly adorable illustrations feature simple black-ink lines and splashes of watercolor, yet they convey a great deal of action and expression. The squirrels-Belly resembling an elongated tan gumdrop and Norma an angular hourglass-are feisty and tenacious, and their plan to steal a sack of donuts from the truck goes wonderfully awry and leaves the crime scene splattered with batter. Their antics are divided into five short chapters that young readers can read with confidence, and the sweet ending unquestionably satisfies. Grades 1-4. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





Squirrel pals go on a stealth mission to procure much-desired donuts in this charming intermediate graphic novel. Norma and Belly are two brown squirrels who love tasty treats! When Norma burns their pancakes one morning, the two discover something even more exciting: a food truck dedicated exclusively to donuts! Determined to bring a sweet treat back for themselves and their squirrel friends, they approach the donut maker hoping to trade chestnuts for donuts only to be spritzed with water and shooed away. Undeterred, the duo recruit the bespectacled squirrel Gramps and Little Bee, a short squirrel whose profile looks like the letter B, for an incognito mission to steal the donuts they long for. They'll have to overcome their small stature, an overenthusiastic donut machine, and their potential discovery by the donut maker in order to procure their tasty treats. A happy ending involving a new squirrel-invented donut flavor reassures readers that the owner of the donut truck doesn't hold a grudge. Norma is a go-getter; her triangular-shaped head and body reflect her willingness to be a bi t sharp to get the job done. Belly, thimble-shaped, is optimistic and conflict-averse. A natural color palette and watercolors that comfortably bleed outside thick black lines are fitting for this soft story and let the characters and dialogue shine. Donut miss this delightful diversion. (Graphic fiction. 5-8) Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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