Book of the Week: Nutshell Library

October 19, 2006



This was on our library shelf in the home I grew up in and luckily they’re back in production. I loved them as a child and I love them now. The collection of 4 books by Maurice Sendak (author/illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are) is tiny, each book measures about 2.5″ x 3.5″. One is about the alphabet, one is about numbers, one is about the months of the year and one is a “cautionary tale” about caring.

The size of the books makes them extra intriguing to little hands — as if they are pretend books. My toddlers have not been able to resist them. They come as a boxed set and each one is hardbound and has it’s own little dust jacket. The illustrations are as charming as the size.

The collection costs about the same as buying 1 larger picture book, which I think is reasonable, but if you’re buying it as a gift it doesn’t have a lot of “wow” impact because it’s so small.

Find it here.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anonymous October 19, 2006 at 11:37 am

i loved those books when i was a kid!

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2 Mom in Mendon October 19, 2006 at 12:35 pm

These books have been so popular among little visitors that even as a grandma, I bought a new set.

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3 Mo October 19, 2006 at 5:46 pm

I loved Where the Wild Things are as a kid. That and Drummer Hoff.

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4 Kara October 19, 2006 at 6:11 pm

FYI- Maurice Sendak just wrote/illustrated a new book. It’s a fantastic and intricate pop-up book called “Mommy?”.

I didn’t know he was still alive, but he’s writing books and doing interviews on NPR.

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5 Design Mom October 20, 2006 at 1:39 pm

Thanks for the head’s up Kara. I’m excited to see his new book.

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6 Salem October 20, 2006 at 9:04 pm

“I don’t care”

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7 Anonymous May 26, 2008 at 8:10 pm

Love the books… but the icing on the cake is the record I grew up with that sets this text to music! And by Carole King, no less. I was thrilled to find it recently re-released on CD…. “Really Rosie” is the title. My daughter loves it

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