Revver the Speedway Squirrel by Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrated by Alex Willan

Hello, Sherri Duskey Rinker! Welcome back to Watch. Connect. Read. Thank you for dropping by to celebrate Revver the Speedway Squirrel, your debut novel. What three words best describe Revver?

Sherri Duskey Rinker: High-powered, funny and sweet.


Perfect! :) 



Scenario: Town House Books in St. Charles asks you fill out a shelf talker about Revver the Speedway Squirrel

Sherri Duskey Rinker: Revver is not like the other squirrels. He’s different. He does NOT like thinking things through. He lacks basic Squirrel Skills, and no one, not even Mama or his dear sister, Sprite, understands or cares about the one thing Revver really loves: SPEED!

Wherever Revver goes, trouble seems to follow. Finally, Revver finds people who understand him, offering him the chance to live out his dreams and prove that he DOES have important skills. But, will his curiosity, his love of speed and his impulsiveness jeopardize everything?


This is a story about feeling different, pursuing your passions, learning from mistakes — and, most of all, love.

I love your shelftalker, Sherri! A++++



Please finish the following sentence starters:

Alex Willan’s illustrations TOTALLY capture the spirit of Revver (and they crack me up!).

Bill is that first person you remember, maybe your favorite teacher, that just totally “got” you, that exuded kindness, understood your passions and fed your hunger. THAT is who Bill is to Revver. (And, btw, who my fourth grade teacher was to [poetry obsessed] me!)

Katherine Applegate
is gift to the world of children’s literature. Equally talented and kind. My idol. Ivan: Changed. My. Life.

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me: Sherri, the world wants to know: How DOES one get the idea for a squirrel who loves racecars, despite that well-known Squirrel School mantra, “If you get near that, you’ll end up flat!”

— OHMIGOSH, John! I’m so glad you asked! Watch this (!) — and then ask yourself: How could you NOT want that backstory?!


Look for Revver the Speedway Squirrel on September 8, 2020. 



Sherri Duskey Rinker is the author of #1 New York Times bestsellers Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site; Construction Site on a Christmas Night; Steam Train, Dream Train; and Mighty, Mighty Construction Site, and The 12 Sleighs of Christmas. She loves cooking, gardening, and old oil paintings. Sherri lives with her photographer husband, two sons, one dog, and one hedgehog in St. Charles, Illinois.




Alex Willan is the author and illustrator of Jasper & Ollie and Unicorns Are the Worst. He grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was seldom seen without his sketchbook in hand. Alex currently lives in Chicago with his dog, Harley. 

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