Love Among the Walnuts

Book review by
Frances ORoark Dowell, Common Sense Media
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Wacky characters will win over readers.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is good, old-fashioned entertainment. Lively prose adds to the exuberant air. For readers with patience for long speeches and not much action, it's a charmer.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byAmslovesgod February 13, 2016

Amazing book

This book has so many amazing aspects. The characters are funny but each one teaches a good lesson. I have reread this book many times and it is honestly one of... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byhailzzz101 September 30, 2009

Great Book!

i loved this book. i chose it as independent reading book and im 13 and i thinks its really interesting and you wouldnt expect it to be anything like it actuall... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bypurplecatroo April 9, 2008

It was....

This book was a good though slightly weird story that i found quite enjoyable. Since there was nothing to mature or inapproaite for chilren this would make a gr... Continue reading

What's the story?

This big-hearted comedy will win readers with its wacky cast of characters and love-conquers-all attitude. When a dastardly plot leaves his parents in a coma, Sandy takes them to the upscale loony bin next door for care. With the help of Nurse Sunny, Sandy and the patients find friendship, love, and unforeseen inner resources.


Is it any good?

They don't make them like this anymore. LOVE AMONG THE WALNUTS may have been published in 1998, but it has the air of a 1930s feel-good comedy. The good guys are good, the bad guys are bad, and the crazy guys ... well, maybe they're not so crazy after all.

There's something satisfying about a story where everyone is transformed by love. A rich man is poor until he finds the love of his life, a fat patient is miserable until a kind nurse helps him reveal his thinner self, and a sheltered young man discovers in himself a longing for adventure after new friends make him aware that the world is larger than he ever thought. Readers of all ages will find this story a heartwarming diversion. The humor is off-the-wall without going overboard, and the plot, while on the implausible side in the manner of all good screwball comedies, motors along nicely.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Sandy changes as the boundaries of his world expand. What about the other characters -- how are their lives changed by exposure to new people and experiences? Has anything like that ever happened to you?

Book details

  • Author: Jean Ferris
  • Genre: Humor
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace
  • Publication date: January 1, 1998
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 216
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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