It is the last few days until Christmas and I know the reading time is getting slim. So for today, I bring a simply humorous book about squirrels and Christmas activities. This is Merry Christmas, Squirrels! by Nancy Rose, 2015.
While living in NYC has not made me super fond of squirrels, there is something about anthropomorphized animals that just makes stories so cute and fun to read. And this book, in the series of several squirrel books by Nancy Rose, is not just any anthropomorphized animals. These are photographs of real squirrels! And they are amazing to see and hilarious to realize.
The story is about Mr. Peanuts and how much he loves Christmas. We see him doing lots of wonderful holiday activities and then he receives a letter from his cousin who wants him to come join him for Christmas. Mr. Peanuts thinks it is a great idea, so he packs to go (with lots of Christmas sweaters of course), and he and his cousin have a wonderful, traditional Christmas, with peanuts for presents too, naturally.
So, really the storyline isn’t that much to get excited over. It is fun, and cute, but not all that unique. The real treat in this story though is the images. Photographs are not used often in picture books, so when they are, they really need to be done well. These photos are just incredible because of the content. The description from the website says:
“Nancy creates squirrel size props using cardboard, clay, and assorted craft supplies and dollar store finds. She arranges them in miniature settings and she has created numerous scenarios on her backyard deck where the inquisitive squirrels find themselves in some rather human like poses as they search for peanuts hidden in the props.”
Every time I look at the images, I just cannot get over how much effort and artistic eye and patience! this must have taken. Getting kids to follow directions and do what is asked is hard enough, I cannot even imagine getting wild squirrels to cooperate with a camera.
I hope you check out these books. They are something else!
Hope you are having lovely holiday preparations and remembering to relax with a book or several in the midst of all the festivities!