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Nurk: The Strange, Surprising Adventures of a (Somewhat) Brave Shrew Hardcover – June 1, 2008
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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.
My grandkids are a little young for Nurk now but I look forward to sharing it with them soon: kids need hope and bravery, fine illustrations and kindness and friendship and more bravery. And so do we all.
I enjoyed it, but not as much as I enjoyed Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible, or Castle Hangnail, both by the same author.
This is partly because it's nowhere near as funny as the other two books.
I don't regret buying it, or reading it, though.
"IT seEMs to me ThAt if I kEeP wAitinG uNtiL I am olDeR, oNe day i'LL diScoVeR thAt I aM olD, aNd I wiLl sTiLL nOt hAVe HaD aN AdVenTuRe!"
This is a sweet book that has an unforced emphasis on being polite, being prepared, helping people, and finishing what you start. The quotes from Surka are fabulous (mostly) and definitely add to the story.
And now I have a whole pile of new names for future pets. Nurk's full name is Nurkus Aurelius Alonzo Electron Maximilian Shrew. Surka's name is Surka Aurelia Maxine Shrew. Also, "surka" is the name of the plant that gives Aerin so much trouble in The Hero and The Crown. So, maybe not.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this under the impression it was a graphic novel. I was wrong. Still gave it a try but I did not enjoy the story, IMO. Just not what I was looking for.Published 11 months ago by M
Great story - Read a chapter a night to my little ones and they make sure I do not forget. Had to hide it from the 9 year-old so he has to wait for the ending like the 5 year-old.Published 22 months ago by Karle H
My nine year old loves this book so much that she didn't put it down. She dad that it was the best book everPublished on November 16, 2013 by Alexis the secret
We read this book aloud to our 6 year old daughter and 8 year old son. It is an amazing adventure of a timid shrew trying to save a captured dragonfly prince. Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by I am
We read it at bedtime over the course of a few nights and each night he couldn't wait for the next chapter. He's still hoping for a sequel...Published on December 12, 2012 by LS
I like it very much. I read it when I was at school and just had to own it. This book is about adventure. You should try it out.Published on July 30, 2012