Tuesday, 5 March 2013

What Squirrels Do You're Not Looking by Hazel Nutt Review

Written By Hazel Nutt

Children's, Comedy


What Squirrels Do When You're Not Looking is Book One in the What Squirrels Do series.

Just what do squirrels do when you are not looking?

This picture book takes a funny look at answers to questions like:

What would happen if squirrels didn't pee or poo?

What happens if squirrels don't get enough nuts?

How do squirrels say 'hi'?

And you can bet that squirrels having something to do with...

Why car alarms go off in the middle of the night; or

Why swings swing when there is no-one swinging on them!

This beautifully illustrated fun rhyming book is great to read with your child and you will enjoy it as well, making it become a firm favorite in your household.

This book gets the imagination going, as well as encouraging nature walks, where you can try and catch squirrels in the act. Or maybe you can come up with your own list of things that squirrels (or other animals) might do when your back is turned.


My son and I spend a hell of a lot of time reading with one another and because of that, I have personally read a hell of a lot of children's books with him.

This one is definitely one of the good ones.

A nice simple tale of what squirrels do whenever somebody isn't looking at them absolutely gripped my three year old son's imagination in a vice grip.  He loved the illustrations and the story, a lot of which had him howling with laughter.

While there were a couple of times where the rhyming seemed a little forced or a little off, this is a brilliantly thought out book.  It not only helps a child learn rhyming but also fires up their inquisitive natures and hopefully even an interest in the animals themselves.

The illustrations here are simple but beautifully drawn. In fact, they really fit the story like a glove and really add to the overall charm of the book itself.

The best way I can think of to describe this book is that the nice gentle nature of the story and the illustrations give it a nice, warm feeling when you read it.  The sort of feeling you remember when your mum and dad would read bedtime stories to you when you were younger.  What more could you want from a book for the little ones?

Story 4/5
Characters 3.5/5
Recommended 4/5
Overall 11.5/15

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this great and unexpected review, which I have now included as part of my What Squirrels Do Book Tour.