What happened to March? Seriously, how is it the eighth already? I was going to share this lovely trilogy of books last week but apparently I didn’t actually post the review. Or write it. Which doesn’t help…
What Squirrels Do is a trilogy of picture books written under the pseudonym of Hazel Nutt, a little girl who is ‘nutty about nature’. Hazel can talk to squirrels and finds out all sorts of things about what they’re really up to when we’re not looking.
The books are available as paperback or e-versions. We were very kindly sent e-versions for review and to whet your appetite you can get the books free on certain days in March. The first book was free on Kindle on 3rd & 4th March. The second is free on 16th & 17th March; and the third is free on 25th & 26th March. They can also be purchased from a variety of places listed on the What Squirrels Do website.
In What Squirrels Do When You’re Not Looking, many of the double page spreads have a lovely set up where you’re shown, for example, an empty swing and asked to think about why it’s swinging; then when the page is turned there’s the cheeky squirrel. We found the squirrel in trench coat doing his shopping particularly amusing! The rhyming text works well and I love books that make you look at the world in a different way, starting a child’s imagination running.
The Squirrel Olympics is a lot sillier, and I love it for that! There’s bungee jumping, limbo dancing and pigeon curling! More seriously it introduces a range of sport names to small children and shows how fun being active can be. I think this is my favourite of the three and I usually dislike sport!
What Squirrels Do For Fun features more of the author herself telling why she knows so much about squirrels and sharing some of their relaxation activities. It also sneaks in some more education in the form of talking about spreading seeds from flowers with some lovely funny images of squirrels waving flower pom-poms!
These books will appeal to young children due to their rhyming text and silliness. They were published to celebrate the real Hazel’s second birthday, what a lucky little girl!
Disclaimer: We were sent copies of these books by ‘Hazel Nutt’ for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.