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"). Read more...
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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 surprise and delight readers and animal lovers of every age
- ISBN-13: 9780316370271
- ISBN-10: 0316370274
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: October 2014
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 3-6
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-09-08
- Reviewer: Staff
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. “ 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.)