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The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants

(The Nuts #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  412 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Another playful and winning story by the author of Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes!

Hazel Nut wants her family to sing and dance along with her, but they are just too busy! Who can she call? Why... her super-hip, disco-dancing Grandma Nut! In the second book of the Nuts series, Eric Litwin's playful call-and-response rhymes and Scott Magoon's hilarious illustrations in
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 22nd 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
This book made me want to run out and buy some polka dot pants STAT. Sister nut wants to sing and dance, but the entire nut family is busy running around until....enter stage left Grandma Nut, who has plenty of time to disco with sister nut. I loved this book because not only did it allow me to use a disco ball AND a bubble machine in storytime, but, it has an amazing dance to do with kids and even a handy dandy instruction book in the back. Is it weird to have a story about acorns? Sure, but, i ...more
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
This felt... lazy. It was essentially Pete the Cat, but with dancing walnuts. It was cute, but forgettable.
Julie Esanu
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
We hit the jackpot, and hosted Eric Litwin for this "book birthday." His performance was engaging and interactive and the kids (grades JK-1) absolutely loved this book. ...more
Niki (Daydream Reader)
Young Kids will love the song and the book! This would be a fun book to share along with The Dot for Dot day. My young 5's students loved this book! ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Not my cup of tea. However, I think kids would find it fun and if I had downloaded the song it might make me change my mind as well. Maybe I can't get past the characters being nuts? ...more
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-lit
The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants:
-Hazel loves to dance, especially in her Polka-Dot pants. She tries to get her whole family to sing and dance along with her but nobody would. When its time for the school dance everyone has changed their mind once they see how much fun it is to dance with friends and family. Soon everyone is dancing away and having a ball! The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants is perfect for children who need help getting out of their shell but also th
Sunah Chung
Hazel Nut wants to sing and dance with her family. As her family is not involved in her moves, she calls her grandmother, and every family member join dancing and singing.
Children would love to put on polka dot pants, singing and dancing, as the protagonist character does in this picture book children can relate. The song could be downloaded via website, and the music video is also available via YouTube one good quality is the access for children/families. If the music was singing by a girl, i
Oct 03, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a fun book. Eric Litwin sure knows how to incorporate singing and dancing in his books! As with the original Pete the Cat books, this book is better with the accompanying mp3, which features Eric reading the story and the super-fun, polka dot pants song.
I give this book 3- 3 1/2 stars. The Nut family is too preoccupied to notice sister nut singing her polka dot pants song. Dad's head is in a book, mom's doing laundry, etc. Finally, the sister calls grandma Nut and she can't be ignored a
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
I thought the rhythm of this book sounded familiar, and then I came to Goodreads and put Litwin together with Pete the Cat. THAT'S why I felt I already knew this book! (Maybe if I'd listened to the song, I would have enjoyed it more...)

Anyway, it's a really dumb but infectious song about dancing in your polka-dot pants. It's still stuck in my head, and I read the book over an hour ago.

Also, it got an extra star for the overuse of terrible, nut-related puns. (Oppan Gangnut Style? NUTELLAPHONE?! T
Hannah McBride
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Admittedly, I felt a little bummed when Hazel's family completely ignored her attempts at gaining their attention. I know families are often busy, but I would've rather the family joined Hazel from the start to show their support. Everything ends well, and I love the incorporation of song and dance into the book with a free song download for kids. It's a great way to have them interact with the book. ...more
Katie Casey
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-kids
We LOVE Pete the Cat and are obsessed with The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House so when I saw there was a new one out in the beloved Nuts Series, I ordered it right away. Definitely did not disappoint. Another fun one to dance the wiggles out with at bedtime! Especially love the story here with Grandma Nut saving the day. ;-) ...more
Elisa Pereyra-Molina
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Savannah Webster
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you love the lyrical interactive text of Pete the Cat, you will enjoy The Nuts: Sing and Dance in your polka dot pants by Eric Litwin! Hazel nut just wants to sing and dance, does her family make time, not a chance! This book had my goof nuts joining in with rhymes, dancing, and giggling away.
Spoiler alert: everybody dances in the end!
Miss Pippi the Librarian
It's a book with a beat! A great book to read as a group. After reading the story, we danced to the video on website.

2016 Storytime theme: Book Boogie - Nuts
2018 storytime theme: dance (Libraries Rock)
2019 storytime theme: dancing

Reviewed from a library copy.
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
The crazy thing about this book (and I am not talking about anthropomorphic nuts) is that the text gets stuck in your head: "Polka dot pants! Polka dot pants! Sing and dance in your polka dot pants!"

Jul 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: storytime, children-s
Hazel Nut just wants to sing and dance in her polka dot pants, but her family is ignoring her, until Grandma comes and saves the day. While the acorn thing threw me off at first, the rhythm and song was super catchy and there are so many things you could do with this book in a storytime.
Kelly Case Burroughs
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Super cute. Has a fun song to go with it (free download!) about a little nut girl and her nut family and how everyone is too busy to dance with her except for one special person. Who couldn't enjoy a book about dancing in polka dot pants?!

December 2020: For you, Azaan. ♥️
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Move over Pete the Cat, Hazel the Nut is taking center stage. Hazel wants to dance and sing, but can't get her family to join in ... until she calls Grandma. And Grandma is READY TO ROCK!

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Eric Litwin is the king of writing great books that have a chorus that will hook the kids in the story time audience. In this book, Hazel Nut is just looking for a family member who will sing and dance with her in her polka dot pants. Grandma Nut comes to the rescue.
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my word! This is the BEST kid's book. First off, we love Eric Litwin at our house. His ability to put words together with a fun rhythm is amazing! This book, however, is just awesome! My almost 4 year old goes around singing about polka dot pants...and so does Momma! :) We love this book! ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
Fun! Fun! Fun!!!!!!

A great story time read. Our library purchased this as a VOX book (audio, much like playaway) and the reader is great. This is by the author of Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, and it is just as awesome.
This book will have you going nuts about polka-dot pants! While I enjoyed the idea of this book, and the rhythmic flow to the words, I feel like at certain parts it dragged on a little too long. It was a fun read, but I don't have any plans to read it again soon. ...more
Michele Knott
As with the first Nut Family book, I enjoy the story that much more when you play the music along with the story. It begs to have some rhythm as you rock the dance moves :)
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE Eric Litwin's books and this one doesn't disappoint. The song will be stuck in my head for a while. ...more
Sep 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Kids will like the rhythmic nature of it...even though it feels like Pete the Cat...without Pete.
Benji Martin
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm so happy that Litwin is still doing his thing, even though he and Pete have parted ways. This one will be a favorite with the pre-schoolers. ...more
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I love the repetition, rhythm, and questions in Eric Litwin's books. However, I did not find the illustrations to be as appealing. ...more
I like this one tons more than the first. Woot woot, I'm ready for some outrageous dancing! ...more
Patricia McLaughlin
Nov 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
Simply awful! Repetitive, unoriginal drivel published only to sell more books by the author of Pete the Cat.
Nov 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Catchy tune that is better as a song than a book.
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Eric Litwin (Mr. Eric) is a guitar strumming, book writing, harmonica blowing, song singing, folksy, fun type of guy. He is the # 1 New York Times Best Selling author of the first four Pete the Cat picture books and the author of the new musical series The Nuts. Eric's books have sold over 1.5 million copies, been translated into seven languages and won 15 state and national awards including a The ...more

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