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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 920L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152063757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152063757
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1–4—When Nurk opens a letter addressed to his grandmother, Surka, his first concern is that he has committed mail fraud. After discovering his adventurous grandmother's journal, in which she vowed to take risks, his second thought is that he should return the missive. He builds a boat out of a snail shell and heads down the river. He discovers that the letter was sent by the Princess of the Dragonflies, soliciting Surka's help. The king informs Nurk that the prince needs rescuing from Grizzlemole, an oversize blind mole and a generally terrible creature. Nurk bravely takes on the quest and, with help from passages in the journal, succeeds fairly easily. Each chapter includes an undistinguished heavy-line black-and-white ink drawing. Vernon's writing shows some flair, but overall the story's effectiveness is hampered by some slow parts and a plot that relies on predictable contrivance and coincidence.—Tim Wadham, St. Louis County Library, MO
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About the Author

URSULA VERNON is a freelance illustrator, artist, and, in her words, a "creator of weird thingies." Nurk is her first book for young readers. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

More About the Author

Ursula Vernon is the author and illustrator of "Nurk," "Digger," "Dragonbreath," "Castle Hangnail," and the forthcoming "Hamster Princess." Her Eisner-nominated comic "Digger" won the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story and the Mythopoeic Award, and her children's book "Dragonbreath" won the Sequoyah Award in 2013.

Ursula grew up in Oregon and Arizona, went to college at Macalester College in Minnesota, and stayed there for ten years, until she finally learned to drive in deep snow and was obligated to leave the state.

Having moved across the country several times, she eventually settled in Pittsboro, North Carolina, where she works full-time as an artist, writer, and creator of oddities. She lives with her husband, a beagle, and a small collection of cats.

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Great illustrations, too.
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"Nurk" is a children's novel by artist/writer Ursula Vernon, a good little book punctuated by some of her own illustrations.
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This book is targeted towards a younger audience, and I still really enjoyed it!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Reno on May 2, 2008
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If you're looking for a book the whole family can enjoy -- this is the book. If you're looking for a book for your pre-teens with a vocabulary-expanding text and winsome illustrations -- this is the book. If your child is not quite ready for the Redwall series, but you'd like to introduce them to that type of literature -- this is the book. If you're looking for something to read out loud to keep your children entertained on a wet summer afternoon or a long car ride, this is the book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dredwolff on May 5, 2008
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This book is targeted towards a younger audience, and I still really enjoyed it! It's a very imaginative story of an uncertain hero who lets his openness to adventure take him on a wild journey.

I like books whose artwork is done by the author, because you know what you are seeing is really coming from the mind of the author and not interpreted by someone else. Since the author is also a really good artist, this combo comes together seamlessly.

I look forward to reading more of Ursula Vernon's stories, if her future books are anywhere near as creative and fun as this one then she'll go far.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Heather Hofshi on May 1, 2008
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I have been a fan of Ursula's art for years, and I was thrilled for her when I found out she had gotten a book deal! And this book is everything I could have wished for--funny, and full of outstanding images painted by word as well as by pen. Being an adult, obviously I would have liked it to go on for a few hundred more pages, but the ending certainly leaves room for a sequel. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I did!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronald R. Smith on May 8, 2008
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Nurk is a delightful adventure story that's suitable for all ages, from 5 to 105, lovingly illustrated by the author, who is one of my favorite online artists.

I can hardly wait to see this made into an animated movie!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Akachei on October 25, 2008
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"Nurk" is a children's novel by artist/writer Ursula Vernon, a good little book punctuated by some of her own illustrations. It's the adventure of the little shrew Nurk, inspired by the writings of her swashbuckling grandmother Surka (and, a little, the threat of being brought up on mail fraud charges).

The book works best when Vernon's whimsy takes flight - the ominous Salmon Tree, the imperious hummingbird mailman and his warnings about misrepresentation and mail fraud, or the better of the scattered excerpts from Surka's diary. The illustrations are nice and fit the book well; it's too bad there aren't more of them than there are.

Most of the rest of the book is solid and occasionally funny; it's definitely a children's book, so the plot is straightforward and the message unsubtle and straightforward. A good read for kids with some great passages.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roy Sykes on August 30, 2008
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I read Nurk because I know Ursula as a friend, and I wanted to witness her work first hand. What I got was an adventure, suitable for any adult or young reader, that not only kept my interest, but left me wanting more. Great story, lots of strong writing, excellent plot twists, beautiful art work. In every way a great read. I'm not just saying that because she is a friend. I would say a lot of other wonderful things about this book, but the reviewers before me said it all. Just buy it! You will love it, and so will your kids!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 18, 2008
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I bought this book because I've been a fan of Ursula Vernon and her wonderful stories for a long time. Nurk is a great story of a young shrew and his amazing adventure as he sets out to answer a plea for help. Clean socks, nail polish in the color know as "Gorgeous Grape" and Nurk's Grandmother's diary are just some of the things that make this story a great read for children and adults alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 19, 2011
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Wonderful story with cute sketches and delightful characters. I recomend it for kids and any adult who remembers being one.
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