Review: Nuts to You

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Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins

7 word summary:  Jeb moves friends and family, escapes destruction. 

Animal story, adventure.  Stand alone novel.  ©2014.  234 p.  Share with ages 6-10.

THIS REVIEW IS OF AN ADVANCE READER’S COPY.  FINAL ILLUSTRATIONS NOT SEEN.

Old Jeb the gray squirrel narrates this tale of adventure and brave ingenuity.  When he is plucked from his home by a hawk, he’s certain the end is near.  But quick thinking (relax and be like water) allow him to fall from the talons into a new grove, where he meets a crew of accented red squirrels.  His friends, certain that he fell to safety, set off along the buzzpaths (power lines) to bring Jeb home.  Only one thing stands in their path: humans.  Scattered with clever footnotes and delightful illustrations, this friends and family-themed adventure is reminiscent of Flora & Ulysses in its language and tone.  Recommended.

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