The Nuts: Keep Rolling!


The Nuts: Keep Rolling!

Eric Litwin fans: there’s a new book out!—and, it has a dance contest and a “Health Nut” challenge!

I have the privilege of being on Litwin’s list of “Groovy Bloggers” following my review of his performance at the Ottawa International Children’s Festival last year (so much fun, BTW). Groovy Blogger privileges include getting advance copies of the newest additions to the series.

Litwin is the author of the first four Pete the Cat books as well as Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs. The latest installment is called The Nuts: Keep Rolling, starring the Nut Family found in Bedtime at the Nut House and Sing and Dance in your Polka-Dot Pants.


The Nuts: Keep Rolling!

The Nuts: Keep Rolling! book cover


The interactive story follows the familiar formula of the characters’ coming across challenges and demonstrating resilience and a positive attitude through song. As well as music, Litwin’s books use elements such as repetition, rhyme, call-and-response, and sight words and phoenetics (which Litwin calls “Multi-Learning” books). The predictability makes it easy for kids to jump on board and participate in the reading right away in a way that works for them. It didn’t take my kids long to get into this book, much like the others.


The Nuts: Keep Rolling!

cartoon of a tree with wording


The stories all have online downloadable readings by Litwin (see, which I prefer to use to get the personality and full effect of the music, and because my singing voice is terrible (but I don’t always let that stop me!). There are often accompanying dances, too.

For the latest book, in addition to the dance, there’s also a dance contest. Children can submit their Keep Rolling dances for a chance to win various prizes, including a visit from Litwin (not in Canada, though).


The Nuts: Keep Rolling!

Keep Rolling Dance Contest promo


Finally, the book can be a jumping-off point for taking on the accompanying “Be a Health Nut” challenge, which includes setting a fitness goal as a class or family and adding nuts to a printable tree poster as the goal is attained. Kids can get a “Certificate of Achievenut” at the end. We have our Health Nut tree in the living room.


The Nuts: Keep Rolling!

Certificate of Achievenut

Certainly not just your average “circle time” book!

My kids always enjoy and gravitate toward Litwin’s books, and the latest is no exception. I’ll find them stretched out on the floor, muttering “ohhh noooo” or singing “keep rolllll-ing!” to themselves.

On a recent car ride, Hubs was reading all the books one after another to entertain the kids. Wonder if the cars stopped at the light beside us could hear the four of us belting out about loving our Doggy Ice Cream. I’m sure we look cool cruising around East Ottawa.

The Nuts: Keep Rolling!

Cartoon of a family in an orange vehicle signing

So. If your kids/students like the other Litwin books, they’ll enjoy this one, too. And if the videos found online of kids at festivals and school visits around North America are any indication, it’s already a hit.

As former teachers, we both agree that reading should be kept as a fun and enjoyable activity. “You don’t want to see students escaping to the bathroom to avoid reading,” I said.

“No,” Litwin agreed, “we want them bringing books TO the bathroom!”




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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

Comments (10)

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  1. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    Sounds like one adorable contest!

  2. DebH says:

    They sound like fun books!

  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    What fun this was to read, I especially liked the last part ““You don’t want to see students escaping to the bathroom to avoid reading,” I said.
    “No,” Litwin agreed, “we want them bringing books TO the bathroom!” LOL

  4. heidi c. says:

    I love the last line of your post. One of my little guys is a reluctant reader. By adding music and dance which he enjoys, I am sure that this book series would be appealing to him.

  5. AD says:

    I love books that inspire and education and create fun; this like one. Thanks for the review!

  6. LisaM says:

    I’ve never heard of them before but will go and check them out. Thanks!

  7. Lynda Cook says:

    They sound like really good books!!

  8. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    These sound like great books. Something good for my grandchildren to learn in a fun way. Thank you so much for sharing these

  9. loriag says:

    Oh what a fun looking book. Song is such a good teaching tool for kids.

  10. LisaM says:

    Ohh these sound great for some upcoming birthdays we have!

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