November 14, 2014

Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins

Jed, TsTs, and Chai are the very best of friends. So when Jed is snatched up by a hawk and carried away to another realm, TsTs and Chai resolve to go after him. Mysteriously, the hawk has dropped him. They saw it. Jed could be alive. New communities are discovered, new friends made, huge danger is encountered (both man-made and of the fox and bobcat variety) and the mysteries of squirrel culture are revealed. It turns out that squirrels are steadfast and fun-loving. It turns out they adore peanut butter. It turns out they love games and really good stories. And nuts.

Newbery Medalist Lynne Rae Perkins loves peanut butter, too. And one day, while she was sitting on a bench enjoying the sunshine and a peanut butter sandwich, a squirrel asked for a smidgen of peanut butter in exchange for a story. Was it Jed? Well, readers will have to figure that out. Nuts to You is wholly original, funny, lively, and thought-provoking. It is a deeply satisfying piece of storytelling about the power of stories to save the world; about the power of friendship and the importance of community. Illustrated in black-and-white on every page by the author. Includes an introduction, epilogue, and footnotes throughout.

About the Author

Lynne Rae Perkins is the author of several novels, including her most recent Newbery Award winning book, Criss Cross. She enjoys working in her studio, being with friends, watching her kids grow, and watching her husband, Bill, chase their dog around town.

My Review 5 Stars

This is deff. a nutty story! This book tells the story of a little squirrel gets snatched by a hawk, then he escapes only to find out that the humans are destroying the forest. Although this book is dealing with a pretty serious situation. It does so with laugh out loud humor that my 3 year old had me reading to her every night. This is a story of true friendship and what you would do in the face of a disaster.

This is one book that will get the younger to middle school kids reading like mad. And I think it would make a very cute cartoon. 

The characters each have their own voice and the author did a great job at making them each sound different. 

Go Into This One Knowing

Fast read, cute story, true friendship.
"All opinions are 100% honest and my own."

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From the Back Cover

The silhouette of a lone squirrel stood sharp against the pearly morning sky . . .
No, wait—how about this: Two squirrels trudged wearily along. They were already far from home. They were headed even farther. Darkness settled around them and made it hard to move. Still, they kept on.
That is so gloomy. Does it have to be so gloomy?
Okay, how about:
"Danger?" said the squirrel.
"Ha! I laugh at danger."
You didn't make that up. Someone else made that up.
Okay. You start it, then.
What's the story? It depends on who you ask.

Disclaimer: Thanks to Goodreads and Amazon for the book cover, about the book, and author information.


Thais Pampado said...

Sounds like a cute book. It reminds me a little of that movie Over the Hedge.

Deanna Stevens said...

Aww. this is one I'd love to win :)

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