by Nicole de Cock
Translated by Margriet Ruurs
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Nut is a mouse. Bolt is a donkey. And they are friends. Real friends. And "real friends would do anything for each other!" is the message that Nut and Bolt shares with young readers.
While the very simple story is based on the litany of Nut's generosity–providing games, shade, cleaning, entertainment– all provided with great effort, joy and efficacy, the young reader will start to wonder whether the friendship is one-sided. Nut is working tirelessly for his friend and Bolt enjoys the fruits of Nut's labours, page after page, but what of Bolt and his friendship for Nut?
Margriet Ruurs, whose recent book A Brush Full of Colour (Pajama Press, 2014) demonstrates the breadth of her writing, keeps the message of Dutch author Nicole de Cock's text short, simple and powerful. And just when the reader will start to wonder what Bolt does for Nut, Nicole de Cock provides a final illustration, an endearing rendition of what Bolt gives Nut. It's Home. It's Shelter. It's Comfort. It's Life.
It's a Delight.