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Bird & Squirrel All or Nothing: 10/23/22
Bird & Squirrel All or Nothing by James Burks (2020) is the sixth Bird & Squirrel graphic novel. It opens with a flashback of Bird and his father during a brutal looking desert race. Young Bird was more interested in making friends with the other racers and some of the animal hazards, resulting in the father/son team losing the race.
In the present, Squirrel wants to do something nice for Bird and decides to enter the duo into the current race. Squirrel does this to show how far he's progressed in overcoming his own phobias and anxiety. Bird, though, is still scared from the trauma of being berated by his father for their loss.
Of course Bird and Squirrel do end up running the race. The other teams give a range of approaches and attitudes towards the race. The back third of the novel covers the running of the race and it requires a wide range of skills and team coordination to succeed — and survive.
This novel feels like a departure from the previous ones. It's the first one where the two willingly do something potentially dangerous and potentially fun.
The seventh book is Bird & Squirrel All Together. It's released on October 4th, 2022.