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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that while the "peer" in this show is a pet squirrel, he uses strong pressure and some fast talking to influence his young owner's actions. The boy, who on his own has good intentions, finds himself in unexpected messes because he ignores his instincts and heeds the advice of his annoying friend. On the upside, each adventure offers a lesson in following the rules and respecting a friend's feelings.
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What's the story?
Cartoon Network's SQUIRREL BOY takes viewers into the home of 10-year-old Andy Johnson (voiced by Pamela Adlon) and his best friend and talking pet, Rodney J. Squirrel (Richard Steven Horvitz). The two buddies join forces and embark on adventures throughout the neighborhood, sometimes accompanied by Rodney's squirrel friend, Leon (Tom Kenny). Unfortunately for Andy, Rodney's existence understandably grates on the nerves of Andy's dad, Mr. Johnson (Kurtwood Smith). Not only does the squirrel engage Andy in constant mischief, but Rodney also lives with the family, eats their food, and brushes his teeth with Mr. Johnson's toothbrush (though Mr. J doesn't know about that). But despite his frustrations, out of compassion for his son, Mr. Johnson never gives the annoying pet the boot.
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Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about handling peer pressure. How should kids respond when a friend wants them to do something they know is wrong? How do you feel when you're the only one who says "no"? Parents also can discuss how friends can resolve differences of opinions. How can you express yourself without hurting each other's feelings?
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