The primal instinct to protect their young can drive mothers to extreme measures. Ol’ Mama Squirrel, for one, is prepared to do anything to defend her home and babies — and woe betide anyone (or anything) that dares draw her ire! But even a fierce mama needs a little help now and then, especially when faced with a bear-sized problem.
When Mr. Squirrel is woken up by something falling on his tree, he’s shocked to find the big, round, yellow moon (which looks suspiciously like a giant wheel of cheese) on a branch.
If you think photographing kids is tough, imagine the amount of patience and time it takes to capture enough images of wild squirrels interacting with the dozens of painstakingly handmade miniature props and sets just so, in order to create a picture book with a coherent storyline.
Nuts to You! is a cute account of a rascally squirrel’s foraging adventure, as observed by a justifiably excited child. The first-person reporting style and lively rhyming text also allow the reader to vicariously experience the child’s obvious thrill about having such a close brush with the squirrel.