Chipmunk Secrets: Fiston, the funny little chipmunk, shows you their secrets!

Stories of Groundhogs, Squirrels, and Chipmunks

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Pub Date 28 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 29 Dec 2023

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Have you ever wondered what it's like to have cheeks like a chipmunk, where food stashes can rival a treasure trove? Join Fiston, the funny little chipmunk, on an extraordinary journey into the enchanting world of these adorable, cheeky rodents."

In this captivating non-fiction story for children, you'll discover the secrets of these adorable striped rodents. Fiston's eyes will allow you to experience everything from their curious eating habits to the thrill of scurrying up trees and seeking refuge in cozy burrows.

With simple text and stunning photographs on every page, this picture book brings the existence of chipmunks to life before your very eyes.

Don't miss the chance to introduce your children to the world of chipmunks. Embark on this incredible adventure now and join Fiston as he takes you on a whimsical exploration of these charming creatures.

The world of chipmunks awaits!

Have you ever wondered what it's like to have cheeks like a chipmunk, where food stashes can rival a treasure trove? Join Fiston, the funny little chipmunk, on an extraordinary journey into the...

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Advance Praise

Editorial Review 1:

What a delightful book about chipmunks!

I have many chipmunks in my yard but I learned so much from this book that I didn't know.

Lieve Snellings's wonderful photographs are clear and detailed, with beautiful close-ups. There is easy-to-understand information about the types of chipmunks found worldwide and their scientific names. Each photo has interesting text that describes a bit more about the appearance, lifecycle, and habits of the chipmunk.

New vocabulary is introduced and explained well. I love the illustration of how chipmunks dig their burrows with all the hidden ""snack rooms"".

This book is sure to appeal to children of all ages who love animals and all those interested in knowing more about the natural world.

I love this book!

Nancy Rose, author/photographer/illustrator of « The Secret Life of Squirrels » series.

Editorial Review 2:

Chipmunk Secrets» appears as a very pleasant and educational book. The photos are extensive and diverse, covering all aspects of chipmunks (ground squirrels). The author, Lieve Snellings, has gained a significant amount of knowledge from following chipmunks for a considerable amount of time. It also shows her love for the subject, which is certainly a plus.

Young readers will appreciate the well-integrated texts and visual information in the illustrations.

The idea of integrating Fiston's character into the world of chipmunks is a good idea, as it directly involves the readers in the story.

In general, I am very impressed with this book.

Great job, Snellings!

Niki Colemont, world-renowned squirrel photographer. Winner of the 2022 National Geographic Photography Competition and Winner of the 2023 European Photography Prize.

Editorial Review 3:

Chipmunks are wonderful little animals with intriguing personalities. One of them is a chipmunk named Fiston. This cute little rodent is eager to share with us all aspects of a chipmunk's life. Fiston explains why these animals are called "chipmunks", where they live, and how they prepare for the winter. Fiston invites us into their dwellings and shows us where chipmunks keep their food stocks. Fiston reveals the interesting features of the anatomy of chipmunks and unexpected facts about their diet. Do you know how many babies chipmunks usually have? Chipmunk Secrets by Lieve Snellings is an educational non-fiction book for children from 6 to 11 years of age and adult nature lovers.

Chipmunk Secrets will capture children's attention from the first page. Lieve Snellings's amazing photographs illustrate every habit and characteristic of these lovely animals. I appreciated the perfect editorial work. The author's appealing writing style and handy footnotes allow children to grasp scientific terms, like granivores. Lieve shares many lesser-known fun facts about chipmunks. I didn't know that chipmunks were called "little Swiss" in Quebec, Canada. The story of this name is fascinating. Also, the picture demonstrates how intricate a chipmunk's burrow can be. The author even adds a legend of the Iroquois people, interpreting why chipmunks have stripes on their backs. The chipmunk narrator makes the book interactive and brings young readers closer to these animals and their natural habitats. The more we learn about nature and animals, the more responsible we are for the environment. Chipmunk Secrets will stay with children forever and will shape their perception of the natural world.

Nino Lobiladze for Readers’ Favorite

Editorial Review 1:

What a delightful book about chipmunks!

I have many chipmunks in my yard but I learned so much from this book that I didn't know.

Lieve Snellings's wonderful photographs are clear...

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Featured Reviews

Fiston the Chipmunk narrates this adorable nonfiction picture book sharing facts (secrets) about his chipmunk life. The author has included her outstanding photographs in this book. This story was so good I plan to look for other books by Lieve Snellings.

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"Chipmunk Secrets: Fiston, the funny little chipmunk, shows you their secrets!" is an ambitious children's non-fiction book that aims to provide a comprehensive exploration of these charming creatures. Although the intent is commendable, the execution leaves something to be desired.

First and foremost, the font choice in this book is truly unique – or should we say, bold. Comic Sans, with its playful and slightly quirky appearance, may appeal to some young readers. However, it's important to note that the readability may be an issue for others. The pages are filled to the brim with information, often making it hard to decipher the text from the illustrations. A simpler font choice might have made the reading experience more enjoyable and accessible for its intended audience.

The book is packed with facts, and it's evident that the author has done their homework. From the chipmunks' habits and habitats to their diet and life cycle, there's no shortage of information. Unfortunately, the excessive amount of text on each page may overwhelm some young readers. A more concise and engaging narrative could have made the learning experience much more enjoyable.

One aspect of the book that stands out is the colourful and detailed photography. The chipmunks come to life on the pages, and their expressions and movements are beautifully captured. Young readers will appreciate these visual aids, which help to break up the otherwise dense text.

On a positive note, the author's enthusiasm for chipmunks is clear and infectious. They genuinely want to share the wonders of these furry creatures with their audience, and the love for the subject matter is evident on every page. This passion may help to engage young readers who are particularly interested in wildlife and nature.

In conclusion, "Chipmunk Secrets: Fiston, the funny little chipmunk, shows you their secrets!" is a valiant effort to educate young readers about these delightful creatures. The choice of Comic Sans and the text-heavy format may not be to everyone's liking, but the book's heart is in the right place. With some simplification and a more reader-friendly font choice, this book could reach its full potential and better serve its target audience. If you're willing to sift through the text, you'll find a wealth of information about chipmunks that's sure to appeal to budding naturalists.

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I absolutely loved this book! Getting to know all about these little guys with the beautifully done photography on every page was so fun and informative!

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This was a super fun read for myself and my almost 5 year old. It has great, captivating pictures that are super engaging. I loved learning all of the facts and information about the chipmunks. I think this would be a great addition to a pre-school or elementary library or home book collection. It would also be amazing for a science text for elementary students to learn more about chipmunks. Definitely recommend!

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Read along while Fiston shares Chipmunk facts with you. This book is packed with facts and would be a perfect reference for any Chipmunk related projects or reports. There are colorful photographs and illustrations that coordinate with the information on every page. And how cute is it that Fiston the chipmunk is the narrator.

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This is adorable! Non-fiction for children can be tough, but conveying information through one chipmunk's narration is a lovely method. The photos are interesting and humorous. I could see a child being captivated by some of the silly photos (like a chipmunk inside a feeder) and the illustration of their burrow with three "snack rooms."

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This adorable book features a number of interesting and cute photographs of chipmunks doing their thing, and packs in a lot of Chipmunk-related information along the way.

I was so interested to learn that female Chipmunks are larger than makes, and that they are all so amazingly light. I strongly approve of the number of snack rooms in the home!

Having the "story" told by a Chipmunk narrator was absolute genius. I think it will help to keep the children's attention fully engaged, because they are basically making a new friend in Fiston.

I also enjoyed the choice of font, and found it easy to read. I think the book will appeal strongly to the target age group.

Finally, I love the fact that the book will give children the opportunity to engage with nature through an animal that they actually have a chance of seeing in their day-to-day lives!

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This book is just too cute! The author does a great job of making an informational book fun, full of "secrets" about Fiston, the sweetest little chipmunk. The pictures are adorable, and I learned so much about chipmunks right along with my students! Thank you NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Decent enough, this is part of a series of books that on this evidence present a wonderful gallery of photos, with speech bubbles overlaid for the animals to introduce themselves. This one, Fiston, is quite scientific for a little critter, and manages to tell us all we might want to know about chipmunks, from the litter size to diet to burrow layout and so much more. The pictures are well chosen, and combine in fine manner with the text, which is never an ordeal to read, so this is pitched at primary school audiences and will definitely appeal to them. Probably only of use in the countries that naturally have chipmunks, as opposed to worldwide, this is still four stars.

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I have chipmunks in my yard and I absolutely love them! Haven’t seen much of them this winter, so seeing these gorgeous pictures of them made me smile. Also learned stuff I didn’t know about them. Looking forward to spring when they reappear!

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