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Title:
The secret life of squirrels
Author:
Rose, Nancy (Nancy Patricia), 1954-
Publication Information:
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
"Mr. Peanuts, a rather unusual squirrel who enjoys playing the piano and reading, learns that everything is more fun with a friend"--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780316370271
Format :
Book

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Summary

An irresistible photographic story featuring wild squirrels in homemade miniature domestic settings -- taking a bath, doing laundry, and barbecuing -- will surprise and amuse readers and animal lovers of all ages!
Adorable squirrels as you've never seen them!
You may think you know what squirrels do all day...but Mr. Peanuts is no ordinary squirrel. Instead of climbing tress, he plays the piano. ("Moonlight Sonutta" is his favorite.) Instead of scurrying through the woods, he reads books (such as A Tail of Two Cities ). But everything is more fun with company, so Mr. Peanuts writes a letter to Cousin Squirrel and invites him for a visit!
Featuring candid photographs of wild squirrels in handcrafted, homemade miniature settings, this irresistible book is sure to delight readers young and old!


Author Notes

Nancy Rose is a photographer living in Canada. Her popular photos of wild squirrels in handcrafted settings, taken in her backyard, have attracted a wide following on Flickr, and have been featured in the Washington Post , the London Times , and Buzzfeed , among many others.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Photographer Rose's photographs of squirrels interacting with miniature props of her own making earned her a following on the photo website Flickr. Now, she crafts a picture-book narrative around several such photos, introducing Mr. Peanuts, a "rather unusual squirrel" who is seen tending to a miniature gas grill, playing a tiny piano ("His favorite piece is Moonlight Sonata. Most squirrels would find that piece quite difficult to play"), reading, and tidying up before the arrival of Cousin Squirrel. Images of twigs frame several photos, which show Mr. Peanuts and his cousin "playing" chess, dining at a picnic table (with a cocktail umbrella for shade), and enjoying a cake topped with acorns. "[Squirrels] will inspect and explore anything if peanuts are involved," Rose says in a q&a at book's end, explaining how she has created a photo studio for her miniature scenes off her house's deck. The storyline is little more than a vehicle to showcase Rose's photos, but those images should pique the interest of casual readers and prospective photographers, who can try the wildlife photography tips she offers. Ages 3-6. Agent: Jackie Kaiser, Westwood Creative Artists. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Rose photographs wild squirrels exploring miniature dollhouse-type sets constructed in her backyard. The story is built around the photos of squirrels interacting with tiny, handmade props. Readers first meet Mr. Peanuts as he pursues his hobbies: cooking on a grill, playing a piano, and engaging with several books in a library set. Feeling lonely, Mr. Peanuts pens a letter, inviting Cousin Squirrel to visit. He prepares for his friend's arrival by cleaning his house, baking a cake, and taking a bath. Once Cousin Squirrel arrives, the two animals sit in a wagon together, enjoy a picnic, and camp out. Rather than being plot- or character-driven, the text seems to exist only to showcase and loosely tie the pictures together. The book ends with "Ten Tips for Photographing Wildlife" and a "Q & A with Nancy Rose." Children may enjoy visually examining Mr. Peanuts' miniature world, but the lackluster text makes this an additional purchase.-Laura Hunter, Mount Laurel Library, NJ (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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