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The Secret Life of Squirrels, by Nancy Rose

20706309The Secret Life of Squirrels
Nancy Rose
2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN – 9780316370271
Genre – Picture Book
Age – Preschool, Adult
4.5 Stars

Mr. Peanuts is an unusual squirrel. He likes to barbeque, read, and play the piano, however, sometimes he gets lonely. So he writes a letter to his cousin asking him to come visit, and soon Cousin Squirrel shows up. During this visit, Mr. Peanuts learns that lots of things are more fun when you have a friend.

Ok, a story of this nature without the squirrels might be construed as boring, however, this book is far from boring. I don’t even know where to start. First, I love the puns, for instance Mr. Peanuts loves to play Moonlight Sonutta on his piano. This book is filled with jokes that parents can chuckle at as well as kids. I love that at the end of the story, the author talks about her process as well as her friendship with the squirrels. Basically, she designs and builds the sets in each picture, then she puts peanuts where she wants the squirrels to explore, then she waits! Seems simple enough, but probably not so much. Many of the sets are intricately designed, and often times she has to wait quite a while for Mr. Peanuts to show up, not to mention get the right shot in the right light. I think this book is so creative, and so much fun!


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