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by Ursula Vernon

This title is now available on MP3-CD from Brilliance Audio for only $14.99. (Please go to Brilliance or to order - we no longer sell directly.)

Digital editions, some for download, some streaming, are available from Hoopla,, Tales2Go, Playaway, and Overdrive.

Though Nurk is a small and somewhat timid soul, he longs to be like his fabulous grandmother Surka, the warrior shrew who had been a fighter, a dishwasher, and a pirate queen.

When an odd message seems to call for action, Nurk overcomes his timid nature and sets off in the wonderful Snailboat on a wild and weird adventure that will eventually lead him to the lair of the fearsome Grizzlemole.


Product Details:
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Editions:   sku     isbn-13     isbn-10     count  
  CD Economy     n/a     978-1-5012-3619-8     n/a     Three CDs  
  Library Edition     09000CDB     This title is now available on MP3-CD from Brilliance Audio for only $14.99. (Please go to Brilliance or to order - we no longer sell directly.)

Digital editions  

  n/a     Three CDs  
Approximate Running Time:  3¼ hours

Librarians: click here for a printable product information page

Listen to samples from this audiobook:
Sample 1Chapter 1, part 1 (3:18, about 4634)
Sample 2Chapter 1, part 2 (3:31, about 4938)
Sample 3Chapter 1, part 3 (3:42, about 5198)

"The narrator, Bill Knowlton, does an excellent job of presenting the suspenseful moments. An excellent, entertaining listen for classroom use."
    — School Library Journal October, 2009
"This full-cast audio production chronicles how Nurk faces down his many fears and is able to provide help. Bill Knowlton, a tirelessly enthusiastic reader, sets up the cast's voices well. Everyone’s willingness to enjoy this small story does much to enhance the listener's pleasure in it."
    — Audiofile
"This fanciful animal adventure comes alive in this full-cast production. . . . Musical passages offer transitions and create mood. Sound effects, such as Scatterwings’ snoring and frogs’ bellowing (“like an amphibian pipe organ”), will definitely appeal to young listeners. "
    — Booklist September 15, 2009
Praise for the print version of Nurk:
"Fans of Ursula Vernon's offbeat comics series Digger should check out her first children's book, Nurk: The Strange, Surprising Adventures Of A (Somewhat) Brave Shrew (Harcourt). The title doesn't quite tell it all—it leaves out the uniquely Vernon-esque bizarreries, like the talking- salmon tree—but it sums up most of the story, in which a determined but fearful shrew sets out downriver in a caulked snail shell to answer a vague distress call sent by mail. . . . an enjoyably loopy, brilliantly creative kids' book full of fun narrative surprises…"
    — The Onion A.V. Club Comics Panel June, 2008
"Nurk shows heart aplenty in taking on a series of eldritch challenges-and he returns home afterward bolstered by a new self-assurance likely to spur him on in sequels to search for his lost grandparent. Nurk's adventure, and the tone in which it's related, will remind readers of Stuart Little's quest."
    — Kirkus Reviews April 15, 2008
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