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Nibbles' Garden: Another Green Tale Hardcover – Apr 2012

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Charlotte's childhood guinea pigs are the inspiration for Christopher Nibble! At school, Charlotte loved drawing and would regularly illustrate her spelling and times tables test papers. She went on to study Graphic Art and Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. Her first book, Tabitha's Terrifically Tough Tooth, was published in 1998, and since then she has written and illustrated more than a dozen books. Her stories have been sold all over the world and Charlotte would love to be as well-travelled as her books one day.

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Middleton, Charlotte

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Nibbles' Garden, is a delightful child's picture book, written and illustrated by the multi talented British author 23 April 2012
By Didaskalex - Published on Amazon.com
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Nibbles is a guinea pig who loves munching dandelions. He discovers that a few dandelion leaves that are left (the last plant in Dandeville) can be bought for a great amount of money. Being an enterprising guinea pig, unlike most, he has to take care of his garden by himself. Now, Posie, his new neighbor, helps him care for the dandelions he grows, and they become friends. But some caterpillars start to devour the flowers, so the two friends decide to adopt the six of them as pets, and buy them clean jars for a habitat.

Although the adoptees are well taken care of, one day, all of the six disappear. Nibbles and Posie vowed to solve the mystery of their disappearance. The guinea pig gardeners become the new detectives of Dandeville, seeking help of a resourceful shop owner, Mr. Rosetti. Together, they solve the mystery about the vanishing caterpillars. The two hang posters around the town, without avail. But thanks to Mr. Rosetti e-mails, that when they bring the jars to his shop, he unscrews the topsides, and six glittering butterflies emerge.

Nibbles' Garden, is a delightful child's picture book, written and illustrated by the multi talented British author, Charlotte Middleton. The story glorifies the value of friendship, and highlights the need for appreciating the beauty of nature and the mysteries of the universe. and the mystical meaning of their creative renewal. The author is a gifted artist using a charming unique mix of literary composition, visual arts and media artwork. The drawings reveal her sensitive nature and virtual intellect.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Cute pictures but.... 28 Feb 2013
By M. Buehl - Published on Amazon.com
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The illustrations are adorable and really catch the reader's eye. Both my daugters, and I, were instantly drawn to them. My three year old still enjoys pulling this book off the shelf to look at the pictures.
The story though is just okay. The whole mystery boils down to the idea that caterpillars turn into butterflies. Nothing wrong with a simple message but I didn't like the ending. The book ends with the idea that the characters art work on their signs is so good that it ends up in an art gallery.... I just don't appreciate the repeated message. First the dandelions being prize winning and the best and then their signs (made to post around town) being so amazing that they end up in a gallery.
I may be picky but with so many childrens books to choose from I don't need one that encourages self promoting.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Another sweet Nibbles tale 9 Feb 2013
By Bookphile - Published on Amazon.com
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My three-year-old son is besotted with Nibbles. He loved the first book so much I had to read it over and over again to him over the course of several days. When I saw this book, I just knew he had to have it.

This time around, Nibbles gets a new neighbor and friend named Posie, who shares his love of gardening. However, Nibbles and Posie end up with a pest problem when the find caterpillars munching on their juicy dandelions. Posie comes up with the idea of keeping the caterpillars as pets, but the pair is puzzled when their beloved pets one day disappear. After setting out on a quest to find their lost pets, Nibbles and Posie learn a little something about the life cycle of the caterpillar.

I like the gentle messages about conservation in these books. Rather than kill the pests, Nibbles and Posie find a more peaceful way of learning to co-exist with them and, in the process, they learn something about nature. The message isn't at all heavy-handed, and I think these books have a lovely reverence for nature.

Adding to the appeal is the mixed media art. Nibbles, Posie, and the denizens of Dandeville are all adorable hamsters, but they're made unique by the variety of patterns and textures used in their creation. Each page has a lovely color palette, and each picture is worth several looks so that the subtleties of the art can be fully appreciated. The butterflies are particularly lovely in this book, as their wings all have individual patterns. Though the pages of the book are the sort of flat, somewhat glossy paper that can be found in pretty much any picture book, the art in these books has an almost tactile elements, thanks to the imaginative use of colors and patterns within the pictures.

Both my son and I hope to see more of Nibbles!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Love that Nibbles 20 Feb 2013
By Bingo-Karen Haney - Published on Amazon.com
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Nibbles' Garden: Another Green Tale by Charlotte Middleton is an adorable story of Nibbles, a guinea pig, and his neighbor Posie. They have 5 caterpillars for pets and are very pleased with them. They care for them and love them. However, one day their caterpillars are gone and they find themselves with a mystery. This charming, eco-friendly story tells little ones about caterpillars and what becomes of them without scaring children. The author makes it out to be a big mystery so the "suspense" builds for little ones. The artwork is lovely and my grandson who is almost 3 liked the book a lot. Middleton has another book about Nibbles if you are interested in that as well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4 year old , Love's it. 20 Mar 2013
By Great Cook - Published on Amazon.com
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My 4 yr. old Grandson was so excited trying to read this book, and having it read to him 3 times the afternoon he got it.

The illustrations are done very well that it keeps the Children's interests up in trying to read the book..

It is about different little animals getting along, and having a caterpillar turn into a butterfly.
My Grandson found a caterpillar in the yard. Then he got a Caterpillar/butterfly little cage, and found leafs and sticks that caterpillars eat and make there
cocoons on. Which the caterpillar did.

It is a whole different experience for children to enjoy with a brother/ sister , and parents..
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