Who Stole the Hazelnuts – Picture Book Review

By Marcus Pfister
Published on: September 3, 2019

A new rhyming picture book that includes forest animals and a mystery needing to be solved.


The peace and quiet of the forest are shattered by a scream. Someone has stolen the squirrel’s three hazelnuts! Who could have committed such a terrible crime? The squirrel begins his investigation, and no one is above suspicion. 


In this story squirrel can’t find his three hazelnuts, so he immediately begins accusing each of his fellow animals of the theft. One by one they deny involvement through rhyme until squirrel realizes that no one has stolen them.

Although at the end squirrel does apologize, I think there was opportunity to explore a bit more regarding how one can look at all possibilities before going to the worst option and potentially harming friendships.

The watercolor pictures were beautiful to look at with so many colors the meshed together very nicely.

Rating: 4 stars

Thanks to Netgalley and North South Books Inc. for the advanced reader copy and opportunity to provide an honest review.

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