I have loved Aunt Nancy since Phyllis Root dreamed her up and Candlewick published her in 1996. A lot has changed since then. My five year old then is now sixteen. The boys dearly loved it when I read Aunt Nancy’s escapades with Old Man Trouble in a deep southern accent. Oh, the mileage we got out of what Old Man Trouble would do around our house! Now Candlewick has packaged four Aunt Nancy stories—two previously published and two brand new—together so kids can enjoy them all in Aunt Nancy and the Bothersome Visitors (Candlewick, $16.99). First Old Man Trouble dries up her spring, then Cousin Lazybones expects to be waited on during an extended visit and finally. In my favorite of the new stories, Aunt Nancy has to outwit Mister Death himself. There are so many clever little asides, puns and silly metaphors. As Root puts it, “Never was nobody as tricksy as Aunt Nancy.” Children will love to write their own Aunt Nancy stories about horrid pets or troublesome teachers or pesky parents. They can mimic the form and voice and use examples from their own experience. Lovely woodcut illustrations and a smaller-than-picture-book size make this right for young ones and independent readers.