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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (230 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ursula Vernon Narrator: Bill Knowlton Publisher: Full Cast Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN:
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Nurk is a quiet homebody of a shrew. But when a mysterious plea for help arrives in the mail, he invokes the spirit of his fearless warrior-shrew grandmorther, Surka, and sets off to find the sender. It seems the prince of the dragonflies has been kidnapped, and Nurk is his last hope for rescue.

Such a mission would be daunting for even the biggest, baddest, and bravest of shrews, and Nurk is neither big nor bad, and only a little brave. But he does his very best - and hopes his grandmother would be proud. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 2/17/2014

    " This was a fun little book to read aloud to my kids. Thanks to my sister Wendy for recommending it. I liked the artwork. The sense of humor reminded me of my friend Rose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/6/2014

    " Wonderful adventure story for kids not quite ready for the depth and length of The Hobbit. My son and I enjoyed reading this together. Nurk is a hard shrew not to love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 2/5/2014

    " This is a FABULOUS book, equal parts 'awww!' and 'wow!' Perfect for anyone looking for a whimsical adventure story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 2/2/2014

    " Quirky little tail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathyred | 1/23/2014

    " Timid Nurk is a homebody shrew, but he has always admired his adventurous and rollicking grandmother Surka. He doesn't quite know how to start an adventure, but maybe someday. Then he mistakenly opens a letter w/ a desperate plea for help to his grandmother; so he builds a boat out of a snail shell, packs his good scissors, a raincoat and some clean socks and sets off downstream on his very own adventure. A sweet adventure story for 2-4th graders "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Savannah | 1/14/2014

    " The snippets from Snurka's journal are brilliant. The rest of the book doesn't seem to hold up to Ursula's usual hilarity, though that may be because it's gotta be childproof... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melody | 12/1/2013

    " Cute but contrived in ways I think the average 9 year old would be on to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ames | 11/15/2013

    " Ursula's first children's book is quite charming and fun. Though I'd have loved to see more illustrations (because I adore her artwork), it's a well-paced story with some very lively characters and I'm looking forward to the next Nurk story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shanti Hofshi | 9/19/2013

    " A cute and entertaining story about a shrew seeking adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew Quinton | 8/1/2013

    " I read this with my daughter. I had to edit out some mentions of decapitation, but other than that this is a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lilly | 7/30/2013

    " Nurk is yet another work of art from Ursula Vernon. I listen to this on my ipod all the time, and it never gets old. The voices in the recording sometimes have really weird inflections sometimes, so if you can get it in book form, do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janece | 7/22/2013

    " After reading this every night with our 6 1/2 year old daughter -- and then coming to its conclusion tonight -- there were cheers, laughter and clapping. Couldn't have asked for a better book for our family reading time. Great themes and adventure -- thanks Ursula Vernon!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 2/23/2013

    " I read this book aloud to my kids. They both voted to give it 5 stars. It was a cute little story of a timid shrew wanting an adventure, and finding one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Ingemar | 1/8/2013

    " This is a FABULOUS book, equal parts 'awww!' and 'wow!' Perfect for anyone looking for a whimsical adventure story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/1/2013

    " I read UV's blog regularly and I find her a fantastic and funny writer. This book is great, and her drawings really make it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara the Librarian | 9/7/2012

    " Fun, well-written, short read about a shrew who ends up going on a rescue adventure when he opens a letter that was meant for his aunt. Some challenging vocabulary and subtle humor make it a decent read for smarter third and 4th graders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 1/25/2012

    " Amazing! I loved this book. Little Nurk is my kind of hero. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/23/2011

    " Give this to each and every 8-11 year old you know (then encourage them to sneak it to their parents when they're finished). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KT | 12/22/2011

    " Hilarious! I'm not much for books with only animal characters but this one was so cute. A nice quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KareBare | 11/9/2011

    " This is such an adorable book, and quite the quick little read. I enjoyed it tremendously!! <3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherise | 10/23/2011

    " I read this book with my kids and we all really enjoyed it. It is one of those books that can span the ages and genders. I have a 5-year old girl, a 7-year old boy, a 10-year old boy, and myself . . . we all enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karin | 10/22/2011

    " Short, cute animal fantasy about a shrew who receives a letter asking for help and sets off in a 'snailboat' down the river on his first adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Yoak | 8/19/2011

    " This book was a lot of fun to read to the kids. It was read in many small pieces. It was a wonderful blend of gripping story and sophisticated language. At first I thought it would challenge them too much, but they rolled with it perfectly and I think it stretched them. We all had fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 7/11/2011

    " This was a delightful read-aloud. Funny & vivid. My kids & I all hope for a sequel! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cari | 6/11/2011

    " I really liked this book!! It was very cute! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 5/24/2011

    " The story is very cute about Danny Dragonbreath and his iguana friend, Wendell. It made me giggle in several places and I can really see why the kids enjoy reading this series. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 5/17/2011

    " A kids' book about a baby dragon and his adventures.
    SOOOOOO cute. Loved the pictures... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrina | 11/19/2010

    " Hilarious! Ursula Vernon's delightful story about a young dragon who can't breathe fire will have you in stitches. I buy them for my niece and nephew. It's a great series! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 10/30/2010

    " Cute idea, it just wasn't executed all that well. The story seemed rather pointless. "

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About the Author
Author Ursula Vernon

Ursula Vernon is the award-winning author and illustrator of the popular Dragonbreath series. Her Eisner-nominated comic Digger won the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story, and her children’s book Dragonbreath won the Sequoyah Award in 2013. Ursula lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina, where she works full time as an artist, writer, and creator of oddities. She lives with her husband, a beagle, and a small collection of cats.