Author: Angela Muse
Illustrator: Ewa Podles
Year published: 2012
Number of pages: 34
Recommended age: 3+
Son Rating: ★★★★½
Grown-up Rating: ★★★★★
Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)
Summary (from Amazon): Chess Nutt and his sister Praline are always pretending to have crazy adventures. What happens when these two acorn siblings have an unexpected real life adventure on their own? Things get a little nutty!
What it’s about: This story is about a couple of brother and sister nuts that go on a dangerous adventure. They see a woodpecker and while looking, the boy nut falls out of the window. Then his sister jumps out of the window to save him. They then get raked into a pile of leaves and blown by a leaf blower that blows them into the water where the sister nut can’t swim. They climb into a tomato soup can that floats for a while until a boy picks the can up and kicks it. The nuts then fall out of the can and a squirrel picks them up. Then the squirrel drops them in front of their tree. They climb up the ladder and back into their house.
What I liked and disliked about it: I really liked the pictures in the book, especially the picture of the family tree in their house and the one where they are floating in the water. But I didn’t like the picture of the squirrel because I was scared the squirrel was going to eat them. I also really liked the story and their adventure especially when they are in the water. I liked that it was a story about a brother and sister because I have a sister too and we like to do things together too. We would look after each other too.
My bottom line: I really liked this book. I would recommend it to both girls and boys my age.
What it’s about: This book introduces us to the Nutt Family: Mom and Dad Nutt (Hazel and Filbert) and their two children, Chess and Praline. Like all young children, Chess and Praline use their huge imagination to act out exciting adventures, until one day, when they unexpectedly embark on a real and dangerous adventure.
What I liked and disliked about it: There are many things that I really liked about this book. First, I love the illustrations: the Nutts are adorable and I really like how the illustrations are all from their perspective (i.e., everything looks BIG). I like the clever names given to the Nutts, especially Chess Nutt (ok, that one took me a while!) The story itself is very clever and engaging, combining the right level of tension with the touching loyalty and sibling love between the brother and sister. I also want to draw attention to and applaud the author for the inclusion of “fun facts” about acorns on the final page of the book. I really like the trend I’m seeing to include an educational component to children’s books, especially ones targeting younger audiences (under 5 years of age).
My bottom line: I really liked this little book and I can totally see Chess and Praline having more adventures. Maybe the author has upcoming books about these two little
nuts Nutts!? I would recommend this book to both boys and girls aged 3 to 6.
** The book The Nutt Family: An Acorny Adventure by A. Muse was provided free-of-charge by the author. **
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