Nurk: The Strange, Surprising Adventures of a (Somewhat) Brave Shrew

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Nurk is a quiet homebody of a shrew. But when a mysterious plea for help arrives in the mail, he invokes the spirit of his fearless warrior-shrew grandmother, Surka, and sets off to find the sender. It seems the prince of the dragonflies has been kidnapped, and Nurk is his last hope for rescue. Such a mission would be daunting for even the biggest, baddest, and bravest of shrews, and Nurk is neither big nor bad, and only a little brave. But he does his very ...

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Overview

Nurk is a quiet homebody of a shrew. But when a mysterious plea for help arrives in the mail, he invokes the spirit of his fearless warrior-shrew grandmother, Surka, and sets off to find the sender. It seems the prince of the dragonflies has been kidnapped, and Nurk is his last hope for rescue. Such a mission would be daunting for even the biggest, baddest, and bravest of shrews, and Nurk is neither big nor bad, and only a little brave. But he does his very best—and hopes his grandmother would be proud.
      
Nurk is a warm, wonderful, and hilarious illustrated adventure about courage, family legacies, and friendships of a most unusual nature.

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Gr 3–6—In Ursula Vernon's animal fantasy (Harcourt, 2008), Nurk longs to be like his brave grandmother shrew, Surka, who had many adventures. However, he doesn't feel brave enough to leave his small island. His life is forever changed when he receives and opens a letter intended for his grandmother. Not knowing where his grandmother is, he sets out to return the letter to the sender. He makes a boat out of a snail shell and sets out on an adventure where he meets creatures like dragonflies, carp, and the scary Grizzlemole. Nurk decides to help the dragonfly who sent the letter and learns that maybe he is brave like his grandmother. Despite making new friends, he still believes the best place to be is safe at home. Nurk is a likable hero, and the tale is light-hearted and humorous. The full-cast narration gives each character a unique personality. The narrator, Bill Knowlton, does an excellent job of presenting the suspenseful moments. An excellent, entertaining listen for classroom use.—Sarah Flood, Breckinridge County Public Library, Hardinsburg, KY
Kirkus Reviews
A reclusive young shrew develops a taste for adventure in this short, witty debut. With the example of his long-absent grandmother Surka-"a fighter, a dishwasher, and a pirate queen"-before him, little Nurk stocks up an empty shell he calls the Snailboat and sets off downriver in response to a letter pleading for unspecified help. That plea comes, as it turns out, from Scatterwings, a thoroughly adolescent dragonfly princess whose royal brother Flicker has been captured by the Grizzlemole, a blind enchanter of mountainous size. The occasional fluidly drawn black-and-white scenes depict a particularly tiny and timorous-looking rodent, but Nurk shows heart aplenty in taking on a series of eldritch challenges-and he returns home afterward bolstered by a new self-assurance likely to spur him on in sequels to search for his lost grandparent. Nurk's adventure, and the tone in which it's related, will remind readers of Stuart Little's quest. (Fantasy. 10-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152063757
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 958,341
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    probly good

    Just righting to get first reveiw

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

    Great book for kids and adults

    This is an interesting and funny story that adults can enjoy as much as their children. Ursula has a wonderful sense of humor and a very original imagination.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Huh?

    What book about?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Love the book, not too pleased that the images don't display in

    Love the book, not too pleased that the images don't display in the web reading app. I don't think I'm going to be buying Nook ebooks again.

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