I Want That Nut!

Madeline Valentine. Knopf, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-101-94037-2
When a “big, beautiful Nut” appears out of nowhere, Mouse and Chipmunk are instantly smitten. The friends are initially polite—in speech balloons stacked like a text message exchange, each insists the other take the acorn—before Chipmunk runs off with it. After an awkward tea for three, Mouse snatches the nut, and the battle is on. Valentine (Little Red Henry) hilariously alternates between joyful scenes of each friend enjoying the nut’s company (dance parties are involved) and spreads that reveal the lengths to which they will go to reclaim the nut. Just as the conflict comes to a head, the nut’s actual owner appears, forcing the friends to reflect on how they nearly let an acorn come between them. (Luckily, a log is nearby, ready to jump-start a new three-way friendship.) While giggling over Mouse and Chipmunk’s antics, readers will easily relate to the way they vacillate between selfishness and selflessness, and Valentine’s watercolor forest, awash in browns and greens, is an inviting place to learn about sharing and friendship. Who knew inanimate friends could be so rewarding? Ages 3–7. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/14/2017
Release date: 10/03/2017
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