Picture Book Reviews: In the Wild series

Big Bear Hug by Nicholas OldlandMaking the Moose Out of Life by Nicholas OldlandThe Busy Beaver by Nicholas Oldland
Up the Creek by Nicholas OldlandWalk on the Wild Side by Nicholas Oldland
4 out of 5 stars to the “In the Wild” Series by Nicholas Oldland
These picture books are adorable! I love the cartoony illustrations with clear lines and bright colors. I love the simple storylines and funny plots.

Sweet and hilarious, these books are perfect for reading with young children!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of all these books from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

To read individual reviews of each picture book, continue reading….

Big Bear Hug by Nicholas Oldland
Big Bear Hug
by Nicholas Oldland

Bear loves all living things, and he shows his love by giving them big hugs. It doesn’t matter if it’s a plant or an animal, Bear hugs everything! But what will happen when a man comes into the forest to chop down trees? Suddenly, Bear does NOT feel loving anymore. Can he go against his loving nature, or will his big heart prevail?

This picture book is adorable!  I love the simple storyline that conveys deep emotions in just a few words. The Bear is a sweet character, and I love the funny expressions on the faces of the animals he hugs.

Making the Moose Out of Life by Nicholas Oldland
Making the Moose Out of Life
by Nicholas Oldland

Moose is too mild-mannered to do all the activities his friends are doing. He would rather sit quietly, but feels left out. He decides to try new things and take risks, and it takes him on a journey he never could have imagined.

This picture book is adorable!  The Moose is a sweet and relatable character, and I love all the crazy things he does to have a full life. He goes sailing and canoeing, learns to spear fish, goes surfing, and plays volleyball and hockey.  I enjoyed seeing how he embraces life!

The Busy Beaver by Nicholas Oldland
The Busy Beaver
by Nicholas Oldland


Beaver is so careless that he makes a mess of the forest, accidentally injures his friends, and leaves a nest of birds homeless when he fells their tree. His thoughtlessness causes a lot of problems, and finally Beaver realizes that he needs to apologize and clean up his mess!

I love the simple storyline that shows real consequences for your actions, and how your behavior can affect others. It’s a great lesson told in a funny story! Beaver made me laugh, and I enjoyed seeing his character growth.

The Beaver is a relatable character, who just doesn’t notice how much damage he is causing until he is forced to slow down. I definitely appreciated his character, since I am a person who has a lot of energy. Learning to channel that energy into something productive is a good lesson.

Up the Creek by Nicholas Oldland
Up the Creek
by Nicholas Oldland


Bear, Moose, and Beaver are friends who argue all the time. They go on a canoe trip, but can’t decide who should sit in the back, which side to paddle on, or how to get over obstacles in the river. They all have a different idea about how to do things, and nothing gets done. Can these friends finally agree on something before their trip ends in disaster?

This picture book is adorable and very funny! The illustrations are really hilarious. The poor animal friends are thrown out of the canoe several times and the Beaver tries to eat the wooden paddles. They paddle in circles and get stuck in the rapids. At one point, they consider burning the canoe, but decide to continue their trip down the river.

I love the cartoony illustrations with clear lines and bright colors. The characters are funny, and I love the dynamic of their friendship when they finally learn to get along and listen to one another.

Walk on the Wild Side by Nicholas Oldland
Walk on the Wild Side
by Nicholas Oldland


Bear, Moose, and Beaver are three friends who go on a mountain hike. They decide to make it a race to the top, and their competitive natures make things too dangerous. Will they learn to cooperate and help each other before someone gets hurt?

I love the way the friends learn to support each other instead of competing for everything. The story is really funny, and the illustrations give the story extra depth and comedy. The silly expressions on the animals’ faces make this a really fun read.

This picture book is adorable! I love the cartoony illustrations with clear lines and bright colors. I love the simple storyline that conveys good moral lessons in just a few words. It’s doesn’t feel too preachy, but has a good message.

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