Duluth author Margi Preus’ story of an adventuresome, witty and sometimes too squirrel-y squirrel gets a favorable nod in this weekend’s New York Times Book Review.
Reviewer Lenora Todaro calls “The Littlest Voyageur” — a novel geared toward 7- to 10-year-olds — “charming” and says of the breadth of Preus’ work: “Always they dive into the whorl of time and give us a fresh perspective.”
Preus’ squirrel, Jean Pierre Petit Le Rouge, makes his way into a birchbark canoe with traders setting off on a bartering trip. Along the way, the squirrel is sometimes a burden and sometimes a great help to the men — who are all named Jean (Something).
Le Rouge finds a friendly pocket for the journey.
“Preus plumps up these historical facts with flesh — and leaves the reader knowing what it might feel like to be a smart, intrepid squirrel finding his way as an adventurer while standing up for his fellow creatures, in the company of rough-and-tumble men all named Jean,” Todaro writes.
Preus, author of the Newbery Honor book “Heart of the Samurai,” also recently released “Village of Scoundrels,” which is about young people in a small French village who help Jewish people to safety during World War II.
The New York Times Book review will be in the Sunday, April 19, print edition.