Runnery Granary by Nancy Farmer, Pictures by Jos. A. Smith
Something is stealing the grain in Mrs. Runnery’s granary. It must be weevils, thinks she, as she sets out spiders to eat them. But in the morning, the frightened spiders are clinging to the ceiling, their webs torn. It wasn’t weevils eating the grain. What could it be? The farmers need this grain from Runnery Granary to mill into flour so they can eat in the winter.
Every night, more grain goes missing and not even the fierce barn cats are a match for what’s in the granary. The family is puzzled and worried. But from her place by the fire, Granny Runnery calls out the answer. Such strange culprits—how can they get rid of them? Fortunately Granny Runnery knows the answer to that, too.
With just a little magic mixed into a story set in the 17th century, Nancy Farmer has written a picture book that may be enjoyed by young ones and the adults who read aloud to them. Jos. A. Smith’s bright watercolors have enough sunny detail to set the scenes perfectly and delight the eye.