You may just go nuts over this puzzle by Nancy Rose! The artist is a high school guidance counselor and author of The Secret Life of Squirrels. Nancy managed to capture real squirrels in action by setting up squirrel sized playsets and hiding little peanuts for them to find. And now we get to enjoy all their fun in this 1000 piece puzzle! These critters are captured enjoying themselves at the beach, backyard barbecues, camping outdoors and so many other exciting adventures. We hope you enjoy this one!
Oakley shows off a new red wagon. Mr. Peanuts thinks it might be a blast to try snowshoeing. And look at Rosie—the squirrels are so messy, she’s cleaning up the playroom for the fifth time today! In the magical world created by photographer Nancy Rose, real squirrels search for nuts and seeds in her fanciful dioramas—and create charming scenes with no Photoshop required. It’s twelve clever, quirky months of squirrelly fun! Printed on responsibly sourced paper.
Nancy Rose is a singular artist with a very particular vision. And it’s irresistible. First, she handcrafts finely detailed miniature scenes, making all the props herself. Next she sets them up outside and strategically hides nuts in the props. Then she patiently waits behind her camera. And here they come—the neighborhood squirrels! Snap, snap, snap, and without a touch of Photoshop, Nancy captures twelve magical scenes of squirrels acting just like humans: paging through a book at their neighborhood library, pitching a tent for a weekend of camping, playing in a sandbox full of toys. So innocent, so funny, so timeless. Printed on responsibly sourced paper.
Oakley the Squirrel: The Search for Z is an alphabet book like no other. In it, we meet Little Oakley as he embarks on a quest to find the letter Z. He searches through an alphabet of human objects—looks beneath the Bed, claws through the Closet, digs through Drawers, examines his Easel, and so on. By the time he gets to a basket of yarn, Oakley starts to yawn, and soon falls asleep. And Z—as in, Zzzzzz!—appears!
Real squirrels, real photos! Learn your numbers with Oakley the Squirrel in this charming book featuring Oakley and friends on a camping trip.
Oakley the Squirrel: Camping 1, 2, 3! is a counting book like no other. Oakley helps readers learn to count as he experiences the fun of a camping trip. Every page features photos of real squirrels! Photographer Nancy Rose lures squirrels into her photo frame using strategically placed peanuts, so they appear in squirrel-sized sets that replicate human life, complete with tents, s’mores, campfires, and more. It’s irresistible!
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Photographer Nancy Rose lives in Hubley, Nova Scotia, Canada and is a retired high school Guidance Counsellor and proud grandmother. She is rarely without a camera and sees subjects everywhere.
A passion for nature and wildlife, and a lifetime spent as a crafter merged when she discovered the curiosity of the little American Red squirrels who raided the bird feeders in her backyard. Nancy creates squirrel size props using cardboard, clay, and assorted craft supplies. She arranges them in miniature settings and she has created numerous scenarios on her backyard deck where the inquisitive squirrels find themselves in some rather human like poses as they search for peanuts hidden in the props.
Her favourite squirrel, Mr. Peanuts, was the first to eat from her hand and now many of his friends stop by and check out the little dioramas Nancy sets up on her picnic table on her back deck.
Nancy’s squirrel pictures have been featured on numerous websites, such as Amusing Planet, Buzzfeed, Petapixel ,and the Daily Mail in the UK. She has been interviewed on Skype by a German TV show and was the Tuesday feature for Washington Post’s “Third Annual Squirrel Week” series. She has also been interviewed locally by Halifax Herald, CBC, CTV, and Global TV at her home, and occasionally her squirrels were happy to make an appearance.
Nancy's first book, The Secret Life of Squirrels, came out in 2014, followed by Merry Christmas Squirrels (2015), The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story (2016), and The Secret Life of Squirrels: Back to School! (2018).
Nancy is represented by Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists in Toronto.
Mr Peanuts and Nancy in the news
Modelling for a Nancy Rose photo shoot is not for everyone. At all times the model must wear their fur coat and they need to be able to fit into small spaces like shoe boxes and pumpkins. Also, they need to be willing to work for peanuts. Fortunately for Rose none of this seems to bother them.