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Nut and Bolt

by (author) Nicole De Cock

translated by Margriet Ruurs

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Apr 2015
General, Friendship, Values & Virtues
Recommended Age
3 to 5
Recommended Grade
p to k
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2015
    List Price

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Nut the mouse and Bolt the donkey are the very best of friends. And that is why they will do anything for each other. At least Nut does everything for Bolt. But does Bolt do things for his friend as well?

A beautifully illustrated tale about a touching friendship in which not everything needs to be in complete balance.

About the authors

Nicole De Cock is a published author of children's books. A published credit of Nicole De Cock is The Girl and the Elephant.

Nicole De Cock's profile page

Margriet Ruurs is the award-winning author of forty books for children. Passionate about literacy, she writes children's and educational materials and conducts author visits and writing workshops at international schools around the world. Her picture book biography A Brush Full of Colour: The World of Ted Harrison won the Canadian Children’s Literature Roundtables Information Book Award and the Crystal Kite Award, and was nominated for several others. Born in the Netherlands, Margriet raised her family in the Yukon, Canada. Today, when she isn't travelling, she runs a booklover's bed and breakfast on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia.


Margriet Ruurs' profile page

Editorial Reviews

"The simple storytelling and beautiful illustrations make this book a fine addition to large picture book collections."
School Library Journal

"From the very first page of Nicole de Cock's Nut and Bolt, these two friends will win hearts. . . Nut and Bolt has been beautifully translated by British Columbian author Margriet Ruurs. . . Nut and Bolt celebrates the joy of giving, the thrill of friendship and the power of differences all in one tiny tale."
The National Reading Campaign

"Margriet Ruurs 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."
CanLit for LittleCanadians

"Nut and Bolt is a very cute book with gorgeous images. Ruurs' depictions of the best friends are beautiful in their simplicity. The pages are not saturated in colour, and yet the drawings grab and hold attention, adding both depth and humour to the text. I especially appreciated the picture of Nut keeping Bolt dry - a single mouse-sized umbrella hoisted above the donkey's head. It is a moving illustration of Nut's commitment to his friend, but it is also a very funny picture. Children will definitely enjoy the interaction between the unlikely friends while caregivers can open up a meaningful conversation about friendship and how we show others that we care about them.
CM Magazine

"In this simple, sweet Dutch import, Bolt the donkey and Nut the mouse are the best of friends. . . Soft illustrations reinforce the friends' playful yet strong connection."
Horn Book Guide

Other titles by Margriet Ruurs