December 1, 2017

First Friday 5: Animal Instincts

This month's First Friday 5 is all about animal protagonists who follow their intuitions. The tones of these five books are fairly varied from one another, but the one thing they all have in common is that the characters are very self aware and allow their instincts to keep them (and others) safe. More importantly, the characters in these five books follow their instincts even when it's an unpopular decision or the dangerous thing to do.

Written and illustrated by James Burks

The fourth book in the Bird and Squirrel series finds the two animals back at home in their beloved forest. But there's a lingering menace in the air about them, Heaver won't unclog the local dam, and all of the neighbors seem to be on  high-alert. Of course, that doesn't stop Bird from wanting to throw a party. Squirrel would rather spend the day cleaning the house and getting to the bottom of what's going on around the forest, but should he set aside his concerns and just try to have a good time?

The Big Bad Fox
Written and illustrated by Benjamin Renner

This beautiful watercolored comic tells the humorous tale of a fox who dreams of being the terror of the barnyard, but ends up being Mommy to three stolen baby chicks instead. And of course, there's that Wolf who won't stop hounding him about wanting to eat the baby chicks and the local farm that's been on high-alert ever since he stopped by . . . So what's a fox to do when he finds himself actually caring for the little babies?

The Dam Keeper
Created by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi

Life in Sunrise Valley is tranquil, but beyond its borders lies certain death. A dangerous black fog looms outside the village, and it's up to the Dam Keeper, Pig, to keep everyone safe with his father's invention, the dam itself. Except for his best friend, Fox, and the town bully, Hippo, few are aware of Pig's tireless efforts, but when Pig finds himself unable to keep the fog from descending on Sunrise Valley one day, the three unlikely friends set out together to save their city

Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy: Disco Fever
Written and illustrated by Doug Savage

In this second Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy book, an accident involving a pine cone, a fish, and a bunch of runaway disco balls triggers a series of events that tests the duo's sense of creativity and perseverance. With a new enemy in the form of a cute little chickadee, Laser Moose must face his ultimate rival Cyborgupine once again, but this time without the use of his lasers.

Narwhal and Jelly are back, and this time they're finding their inner superpowers! Like the first in the series, this book is divided into three escapades: first, Narwhal enlists Jelly's help figuring out what his superpower is, then Narwhal uses his superpower to help a friend get home, and finally, Narwhal helps cheer up Jelly, showing that the best superpower of all is friendship!

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