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"When Will Fall Arrive?" - a bookwrap









I am featuring this book trailer and I know it's not in English but fantastic illustrations translate into any language.  Enjoy.



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"When Will Fall Arrive?"

Created by Sanne Miltenburg

Ages 4+
Grade Level: PS +




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About the book...




Bunny and Hedgehog are BFFs.  They spend quality time together every day enjoying meals, playing cards and just hanging out.  Bunny is looking forward to being with his friend throughout the fall and cold winter months when time drags on but Hedgehog has other plans.  He announces that he will be hibernating for the winter and it begins when the first leaf falls. Oh my!  Whatever is Bunny going to do now without his best friend? 

Poor Rabbit is devastated.  How will he ever survive?  He hatches a plan that he thinks will keep his friend by his side all through those dreary months ... or so he thinks.  He decides he's going to go out every morning and collect all the fallen leaves so Hedgehog will not know when fall arrives.  Day after day in the early morning before Hedgehog awakens Bunny is hard at work gathering and storing bags and bags of leaves in his burrow. 

Will his clever scheme work?  Can he actually pull this off?  Will Hedgehog be tricked and stay awake to keep him company? 

This is a wonderful story about friendship, enjoying being together and accommodating your friend. The illustrations are amazing.  They are colourful, crisp and full of action and emotion.  This is a tale that will stay in your heart long after the story has been told.  I highly recommend this book. 




Storywraps rating... 5 HUGS!!!!!










About the creator...




Sanne Miltenburg was born in the Netherlands, where she still lives and works. Sanne has always been fascinated by stories. As a child she read everything she could get her hands on and started making up her own little stories in text and drawings. Her short stories and poems were published in magazines and newspapers and she regularly won writing contests. In 2005 she graduated from the Art Academy St. Joost in Illustration. And in 2013 she completed a course 'Writing for children' in Amsterdam. Sanne now works full-time as an author and illustrator.






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"We're Going to the Beach" - a bookwrap









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"We're Going to the Beach"

Authored by Nancy Streza
Illustrated by Adam Pryce

Ages 2+



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About the book...




This sing-songy (is that even a word?) book is perfect for little ones to enjoy.  It documents a perfect day together at the beach and the words are sung to the tune of the old favourite song, "The Farmer in the Dell."

An adorable little boy and girl spend their day: picking up shells, dragging seaweed, building a castle with a moat, chasing seagulls, riding waves, catching fish and racing the tide, just to name a few.  They are happy and carefree all day long relaxing in the sun, interacting with beach life and they end up culminating their busy day by slowing down to watch a beautiful sun sink into the vast ocean before them.  

The bright coloured illustrations are detailed and full of activity. The whole vibe of the book oozes a celebration of a perfect getaway at the beach.  Toddlers and preschoolers will love the repetition and rhyme that the story unfolds.  A lovely book to share with your wee-one. 


Storywrap Rating.... 4 HUGS!!!!







About the author...





Nancy Streza lives on a small farm in a rural community in southern California where she volunteers her time as a firefighter, children's theatre director, summer daycamp director and worship leader. She loves kids of all ages, especially her daughters and grandchildren.





About the illustrator...






Adam Pryce is an illustrator and designer based in Manchester, UK. He grew up in the Shropshire countryside and always loved to draw; for Christmases and birthdays the only gifts he would ask for were sketchbooks and pencils. His artwork is fun, colourful and energetic, using traditional and modern design techniques. His favourite things to draw are animals – he loves filling up his sketchbooks whilst visiting museums, zoos and faraway cities. In the future, he would like to own a Pomeranian. He would call it Lucifer.







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"Cinderella and the Furry Slippers" - a bookwrap










How cool are these furry slippers? Very untraditional for Cinderella.  I want a pair....



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"Cinderella and the Furry Slippers"

Authored by David Cali
Illustrated by Raphaëlle Barbanègre

Ages 3-7
Grade Level: PS-2






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About the book...





This is such a fun book.  A fractured fairytale always brings a smile   to faces.  This is a modern-day version of a classic. Cinderella is not swept away by the handsome prince to rule as Queen in his kingdom but takes matters into her own hands and crowns herself  Queen of her own destiny.  It's so great to read books where girl-power rules and girl's celebrate their unique identity.

The story starts out like the original tale but soon morphs into one where Cinderella drools over the Prince pictured in a magazine. She wants desperately to go to the ball and meet with him.  She calls up a very unconventional Fairy Godmother who magically dresses her, not in haute couture,  but in you've got to be kidding garb, for the elegant occasion.   Cinderella longs to live out her own fairytale dream but in this outfit? Oh my!  She seems to be all set according to her fashion designer. Her carriage is a turnip with a variety of weird animals pulling it along and the castle destination is nothing like she imagined.   She does manage to get to the ball furry slippers and all and finally ends up in the arms of the Prince.  Dear me!!!  Pictures can be deceiving and this guy is definitely NOT her type...ever!!!  Up-close and personal with him is not a pretty site to behold.  Reality sets in and she dismisses the until-death-do-us-part syndrome tout suite and makes her escape ....... she's a goner!!!   

She decides to take fate into her own hands and write her own happily-ever-after ending.  This tale of empowerment will inspire and encourage independent thinking in girls and cheer them on to be  exactly what they want their life to be. 

The illustrations are whimsical, humorous with extremely eye-popping colours.  The whole vibe of the book is over-the-top fun!  This book teaches girls a valuable life lesson... yes you can,  and I highly recommend it. 




Storywrap rating... 5 HUGS!!!!!










About the author...







DAVIDE CALI began his career in 1994 as a cartoon writer for the Italian magazine Linus. He began writing children's books in 2000, and since then he has published over twenty books for children, including his previous book with Raphaëlle Barbanègre: Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs. Cali has won a 2006 Bologna Ragazzi Special Award, the Switzerland Enfantaisies Prize, the 2005 Baobob Prize, the Belgium Libbylit Award, and France's SNCF award. His books have been published in France, Italy, Austria, the United States and Canada, and translations of his books have been published in eighteen countries. Davide lives in Genoa, Italy.










About the illustrator...







RAPHAËLLE BARBANÈGRE has written and illustrated many books for children, including La folle aventure de Doudou a Paris and Le petit garçon qui aimait le rose. She is also the illustrator of Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs and Super potamo, both written by Davide Cali. She lives in Montreal.












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Open Mic Wednesday - Why reading to kids at bedtime is important - an info wrap






Open Mic Wednesday - Why reading to kids at bedtime is important - an info wrap






Open Mic Wednesday - Why reading to kids at bedtime is important - an info wrap
Bedtime stories have long been known to foster parent-child bonds and prepare children for sleep. But lately researchers have attached other powers to this nighttime routine. They say that while you and your little one are sailing with Max to the land of the Wild Things or sampling green eggs with Sam, you're actually boosting your child's brain development.
"Neural research shows that when parents and caregivers interact verbally with children—which includes reading to them—kids learn a great deal more than we ever thought possible," says G. Reid Lyon, Ph.D., chief of the child development and behavior branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, MD. These gains range from improved logic skills to lower stress levels. But perhaps the most profound benefit discovered in recent years is the way bedtime stories can rewire children's brains to quicken their mastery of language.

"There's a clear indication of a neurological difference between kids who have been regularly read to and kids who have not," Dr. Lyon says. The good news is that these discrepancies don't have to be permanent. In NICHD studies under way at Yale University in New Haven, CT, and the University of Texas in Austin, researchers have found that electronic images of the brains of children considered poor readers show little activity in the verbal-processing areas. But after the researchers spent one to two hours a day for eight weeks reading to the poor readers and performing other literacy exercises with them, their brain activity had changed to look like that of the good readers.


-parents.com/Patti Jones





Open Mic Wednesday - Why reading to kids at bedtime is important - an info wrap






There are many benefits linked to reading to your child before 
bedtime:




It should become part of their daily routine, which we know is something kids thrive on, and can also become an indicator that it is almost time to go to bed - another great technique to trick them into bed without them even realising.
Reading to your child is also a special time to be close to your child and bond with them. A wonderful and magical moment for the two of you to spend together with no interruptions, a precious gem in this extremely busy and fast moving world we live in.

Bedtime stories help to bring out imagination in children, it helps with their thought processes, and it can also serve as a teaching tool for everyday life skills and scenarios that need to be learnt. Furthermore, they teach our children, in an engaging manner, how to achieve a positive outcome in life.
A more scientific approach shows that reading aloud can improve their speech and language skills, while increasing their spelling ability and memory too. Reading also encourages their logical thinking, a series of life skills we all need!

In addition, if your children are very young and just starting to read, bedtime stories can teach them primary colours, counting, shapes, and nursery rhymes in a fun, exciting, and age appropriate way.

Books are able to take children into a safe and enchanted world for a few minutes each day. This helps them de-stress from their daily pressures, as even children have to deal with daily stresses. This can be a relaxing and, believe it or not, a fun way for both child and adult to share stories with each other.For example, if you were to read a longer book with chapters, you could both move forward in the story, reading a chapter each, with the knowledge that there will always be more to come tomorrow. This technique teaches our little ones that not everything is immediate and that if you stay the distance then there will be an end in sight, once again, a very important life skill.

Nowadays, due to our current, fast paced way of living, we are always too focused on our handsets, tablets, and computers to even look up and read an old fashioned book. Since tablets and Kindles were invented, gone are the days of going to a local book shop to buy a book as a gift. Children don’t always want a tablet to play on, or to be distracted by. They actually like to look at books, they like the feel of them, and will get great excitement from choosing one off the shelf at bedtime, a simple action which leads to nice one - on - one time with their parents/family.
More importantly, if you can get your child into a story reading routine from a young age, they will be more likely to continue reading as adults. They will continue to enjoy the benefits of it, while enhancing their imagination, their thirst for knowledge, and escapism.

-huffingtonpost.co.uk/Caroline Hartwell/Parenting Expert




Reading before bedtime is an age old tradition and one that must be kept alive.  It has so many benefits to both the reader and the child being read to.  It gives kids a headstart on the future.  Kids who are already fluent readers do something their snuggle bunny sibs can't: appreciate authors and illustrations that incite great insights and conversations.  If kids hear good writing often enough, it develops their ear to improve language and cultivates their imagination to blossom.  They can't help but replicate these wonderful assets into their daily schoolwork. 





Open Mic Wednesday - Why reading to kids at bedtime is important - an info wrap



These picture books will work well at bedtime for older kids:


"Say Something" by Peggy Moss:  
A girl learns that staying silent when a kid is being bullied is nearly as bad as being a bully herself. The illustrations are wonderful, depicting watercolours of diverse children.


"Melissa Parkington's Beautiful, Beautiful Hair by Pat Brisson:  Tired of being "the girl with the gorgeous hair," Melissa wants to be known for something important.

"Enemy Pie" by Derek Munson:  
Jeremy's dad teaches him how to outsmart his enemy. Make a pie!  Jeremy, the new kid in the neighbourhood finds out how to turn his first enemy into his best friend.

"Fly Away Home" by Eve Bunting: 
A boy and his dad live in an airport, moving between terminals to avoid being noticed.  After watching a trapped bird escape, the b dreams up a plan.  



Open Mic Wednesday - Why reading to kids at bedtime is important - an info wrap




I hope you enjoy the tips and books I planted today.  May they be useful to you.  Do you have a bedtime ritual reading books in your home?   What is your child's favourite bedtime story that you probably have to read over and over again?   Please share your story on Storywraps to encourage others.  Have a wonderful Wednesday and read on........





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"You Know What?" - a bookwrap













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"You Know What?" 

Authored by Carol Gordon Ekster
Illustrated by Nynke Mare Talsma

Ages 4+ 
Grade Level:  PS and up



In the Author's own words...



“I was on an airplane going to meet my newborn grandson when I heard the child in front of me say to his parents, “You know what?”. My fingers immediately started typing and the book became a bedtime conversation between Oliver and his mom. As many children do, Oliver tries to delay the final night-night with the repeated question. I want little ones to feel the joy of a shared reading and older children to imagine what Oliver might say on that final open-ended spread.”



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“A truly sweet bedtime book to read with any child that has one more question, needs one more hug, or just one more sip of water before bed. Little Oliver has so much he wants to tell his mom before he goes to sleep and you know what? ….a great book to read to smaller children or to read as a call and response story with skilled earlier readers.”―Heather Lam, reviewer



"A sweet little story about wanting a few minutes more of connection to mommy.”―Bibliofiler



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My take...




Every parent on the planet can relate to this story I'm sure.  The day is done, Mom's tired, it's time for bed, but little Oliver is wound up and still going strong.  His mantra at bedtime?  "You know what?"  

Now that he has his mother's full attention he starts unloading his day at her non-stop.   There are so many interesting topics to tell her about:  the things he read in books, what makes the toilet smelly, the discovery of hair up his nose as he
's brushing his teeth, an unmasking of an ant colony busy under his bed and his water experience of water up his nose in the pool that day,  just to name a few.

His very patient mother listens to all his worthy chit-chat and tenderly answers it all before it's lights out. Oliver is determined wanting to postpone that moment when his eyes will finally shut for the night so he doesn't give up.... he just keeps on talking.  Oh my!   He pitches his mother another question even as she is exiting the room after kissing and hugging him and saying goodnight.  Like the fabulous mother she is, one that has had enough, she gently closes the door on her little energizer bunny  and finally, finally, he drops off to sleep. Whew!!!

What a heartwarming story this is. It is one of unconditional love and caring.  Oliver is truly blessed to have such a wonderful mother who is interested in his questions and ideas and takes time to listen to him even though she is very exhausted herself.  This is a book that exposes the loving heart of a mother towards her little  unstoppable, adorable chatterbox.  

I loved the illustrations.  They stand alone telling the narrative but when married together with the text they complete a charming story to share at bedtime.




Storywraps rating... 5 HUGS!!!!!







"You know what?" That's a good rating. Thank you Storywraps.






About the author...






After 35 years of teaching, Carol is retired. She now works on her writing and book promotion full time and is excited that her writing gives her another way to communicate with children. Find out more at 

www.carolgordonekster.com













About the illustrator...









Since I was small I was always drawing and painting. My Grandfather and my father painted as a hobby (mostly oil paint), so I had all the materials within reach. In high school I had a teacher who encouraged me to go to the Art academy. So in 1994, I went to the Constantijn Huygens art academy in Kampen in the Netherlands. The first year I followed all disciplines. After that year I chose to study illustration, because I preferred to work on assignments rather than autonomous arts.






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"My Potty" - a bookwrap






Can you guess what this is? Mmmmmm??? Maybe today's book can give you the answer. 



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Created by: 



Ages 24 months+



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About the book...




This charming book is just perfect to share with your little one if you are beginning the potty training process.  The author uses  simple ideas to teach children important life skills and concepts.  

One day a strange object just falls out of the sky and lands right on top of Dog's head.  "A hat!" says Dog... but is it a hat really?  The object gets passed on to different animals and each one has a unique opinion as to what it is and its use.  Bear thinks its a bucket, Cat is convinced it is a little bed, Elephant and Sea Lion says no way, it's a circus toy, Seagull laughs and declares it is a boat and Anteater weighs in with his opinion, insisting it's a flower vase, just to name a few.  Oh my who is right?  Do you have any ideas?

Along comes Hare who is visibly upset and angry.  He shouts NOOOOO!! at the top of his lungs and claims that he is the true owner of the object.  He informs all the animals by his words and by his actions just what the object is and how you use it.  My goodness gracious... who knew?  Did you?

The illustrations are colourful and mainly digitally designed.  The ideas are full of imagination and fun. I highly recommend this book. 



Storywraps rating... 5 HUGS!!!!!








About the creator of the book...




Hi! I’m Anita. My entire life, I have loved reading. As a child, I could spend hours thumbing through books, looking at the pictures and hoping I could one day make such beautiful illustrations myself. I studied the images down to the smallest detail and made up my own little stories to go along with them.
After high school, I took drawing and painting lessons in small galleries in my neighborhood. And I learned a lot from drawing and painting books. But I also mastered many techniques simply by experimenting with them on my own.
When my children were still young, I read them a bedtime story every night. I rediscovered that some picture books are real pieces of art. That’s when I got the ambition to make my very own picture books.

I was remarked by the jury of the Key Colours International Illustrators Award 2012. My book Whose Hat is That? was published by Clavis Publishing and every book I have made since has been even more successful …






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Rapunzel - a bookwrap





Rapunzel - a bookwrap



To-day's book is a hair-raising experience for a beautiful young girl who is trapped in a high, secluded tower forever... or is she?  



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Rapunzel - a bookwrap


"Rapunzel" 

Created by Bethan Woollvin
Ages 3-7




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Rapunzel - a bookwrap




Rapunzel - a bookwrap




Rapunzel - a bookwrap




Rapunzel - a bookwrap




Rapunzel - a bookwrap




Rapunzel - a bookwrap




Rapunzel - a bookwrap



About the book...




Everyone loves a fairytale with a happily ever after ending.  This tale will not disappoint, but it has a few different twists and turns along the way.

Rapunzel is confined to a lofty tower by a wicked witch who comes daily to visit her.  She lets down her hair creating a natural ladder for the old woman to climb up into her prison. Once inside the witch brushes her golden locks until they shine brightly.  

The old hag then snips fragments of her gleaming mane and sells them for her own profit.  She severely warns the girl that no visitors are ever allowed to come there and that Rapunzel will always be her prisoner.  But Rapunzel creates ideas of escaping that are very creative and empowering.  Does this girl needs a handsome prince to come rescue her and zoom her into his kingdom as his Queen?  No way,  not this brave girl.  She hatches a plan and carries it through.  She can do it all on her own,  thank you very much.

This book makes Rapunzel the heroine and the sole reason for her escape.  It focuses on girl power and the fact that girls are able to think things through and carry things off themselves.  The illustrations could stand alone but enrich the narrative on every page.  Fairy tale lovers, both young and old, will truly enjoy this bold and heartwarming tale.  



Storywraps rating -  5 HUGS +++!!!!!

Rapunzel - a bookwrap






About the author/illustrator...



Rapunzel - a bookwrap




Bethan Woollvin won The Macmillan Prize for Illustration in 2014 for her classy, bold interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood. It was a startlingly confident debut which caught the imagination of everyone who saw it. The eldest in a family of ten children, Bethan understands well what appeals to a variety of age groups, and all her work exudes a natural dry wit and charm. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a First Class Degree in Illustration in 2015 and now lives in Brighton.








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"But I Wanted a Little Sister" - a bookwrap











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"But I Wanted a Little Sister"

Created by Pauline Oud
Ages 4+
Grade Level : PS and up



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Editorial Reviews for you....



"Cute story! Would make a perfect gift for a big sister of a baby brother!”―Catherine Hankins, Cleveland Public Library

"Pauline Oud does a great job of showing that often our desires must be replaced with acceptance of what really is. If we look hard enough we can always find the silver lining.”―Melissa Larabee, educator

"An excellent and interesting book about appreciating your siblings.” ― Rogene Carter, educator



"Adorable and fun! The perfect book for a (temporarily-disappointed) older (pre-K-ish) sibling.”―Tara Hutson, Bibliofiler




About the book...




I loved this book.  Sophie gets a new sibling.  She is so hoping for a new baby sister but her parents bring home ... a baby boy!  She is not amused.  Who wants a silly old brother?  She had ask for, yearned for and expected a baby girl to play with.  

She works with what she has and tries to morph him into a Pretend-Sister.  How does she do that you ask?  Well, clever little Sophie makes pigtails in her baby brother's hair and dresses him up in her doll's pink clothing.  He doesn't seem to mind and he's all giggles and happiness.  They play with her dolls, make necklaces out of beads and golden earrings out of paper.  

Then mom decides to give her son his first haircut and she cuts it really short.  Bye-bye pigtails.  Oh my!!! Sophie notices that the wee guy is not so wee any more and cannot squeeze into her doll's clothing so they have to be retired.  She is really not happy now and gets the brilliant idea to return her brother and trade him in for a new girl model.  She discovers after many tries at the trades with other kids who have baby siblings that perhaps her baby brother is not so bad after all compared to the babies they are stuck with.   

So Sophie returns both herself and her now beloved sibling to their home with her heart in full acceptance mode.  She learns a very important life lesson, that she has been blessed with the best little brother any big sister could have.  Baby boys rock!!!



Storywraps rating... 5 HUGS!!!!!








About the author...









Pauline Oud (1963, the Netherlands) has been working as an illustrator for over 15 years now. After her graduation from art school in 1985 she worked as an artist and art teacher for a while before applying her knowledge to her first love: children’s books. Before she starts working, she likes to start her days with an hour running to clear her head and think about her drawings. She likes to collect children’s books, because they give her so much inspiration. When she is out of inspiration, she also likes to visit the Museum of medieval Art to stare at the books her colleagues illustrated around 700 years ago. She currently lives in Utrecht (the Netherlands) with her husband and her two children Roos and Walt.







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The Grumpy Crocodile - a bookwrap




The Grumpy Crocodile - a bookwrap




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The Grumpy Crocodile - a bookwrap

"The Grumpy Crocodile"

Authored by Nigel Tetley
Illustrated by Simon Goodway

Ages 3+



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About the book...





Old Mr. Crocodile who loves to sleep on and on and on wakes up very cranky and starving - a very bad combo indeed. He doesn't want to play and sing songs with the other animals he wants to eat them for breakfast.  Oh my!  He snaps, snaps, snaps at every creature that is in sight and targets them to appease his voracious appetite. Luckily none succumb to his strong jaws.  The  terrified animals flee for their very lives leaving the old croc all on his own...  his tummy grumbling and still starving. 

He saunters off to the nearest big river and what should his big bulging eyes behold but thousands of fish swimming round catching flies.  He has an eureka moment and dives into the water.... it's fish à la carte on tap for him today.  He snaps and snaps up the fish until his tummy could burst and now that his hunger is satisfied he wants to play.  When he looks around him, there's no one to play with, everyone is gone.  He then realizes it's his own fault that everyone has deserted him and gone and sought safety.  

The animals gather together and have a meeting.  They put their heads together and come up with a plan that just might have Old Mr. Crocodile waking up in a good mood.  Mmmmmm, what could that plan possibly be?  If they implement it will it actually work?  

This great book is written in rhyme and kids will love how the animals all congregate together. With teamwork they work out a solution to their life-threatening problem.  The illustrations are detailed, colourful and expressive.  This is a fun read aloud.  The kids can join in snapping their fingers or just resaying the words, "Snap, snap, snap!"  The playful words and right on rhythm will have everyone interacting with the story.  I highly recommend this book. 



Storywraps rating... 5 HUGS!!!!!


The Grumpy Crocodile - a bookwrap



About the author...




The Grumpy Crocodile - a bookwrap



Since qualifying as a Religious Studies teacher in 1989, Nigel Tetley has worked in a variety of schools, spanning middle and secondary age groups in both the State and independent sectors. At the beginning of his teaching career, he also spent a year in Greece teaching English as a second language. In 2001, he started writing children's poetry at the suggestion of a colleague. Since then he has also written the texts for three carols: 'Alchemy,' 'Snow,' and 'The Way of Paradox.' (Encore Publications, 2006.)

What are the jungle creatures to do about a bad-tempered crocodile who is making their lives a misery because of his constant oversleeping? Find out in this amusing rhyming story for young readers.









About the illustrator...


The Grumpy Crocodile - a bookwrap



Simon Goodway was born blue owing to a congenital spine defect. A clever doctor sorted him out and he was soon pink and walking about like a normal person.

Some years later he got a degree in artificial intelligence and worked for a bit in software, before he got bored of that and became a freelance illustrator. There was also an incident involving fish and a vacuum cleaner, but we won't go into that.

Throughout all of this he was writing, writing, writing, and finally out popped his novel Killing Elizabeth. Other things followed.

He lives in Brighton with a stupid cat called Henry and a fiancée called Jess.






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I put hours of work finding the best kid's books to review for you each day.  If you enjoy visiting Storywraps and would like to donate something for my time and effort I would greatly appreciate it.

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"Stinker" - a bookwrap








Know why this lady is holding her nose?  Can you guess?  Today's featured book is why.  Enjoy and smile! 



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"Stinker" 

Authored by David Zeltser
Illustrated by Julia Patton

Ages 8-12
Grade Level: 3-7



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About the book...



What a heartwarming book.  I love a happily ever after ending and so does the snarky tomcat that is narrating the story, who by the way only does happy endings. 

Stinker, true to his name, has flatulent problems big time.  He passes stinky gas constantly and has spent most of his life in the pound because of it.  His first snobby owner is mortified and sends him off to a caged-up life.  Multiple other people adore the delightful little guy and take him home, but alas, his gas explosions get the best of them and back he goes to the pound.

A spirited tomcat seeing Stinky's plight takes it upon himself to team up with the poor rejected pup,  help plan his escape and finds him a forever home.  It's a home where he is accepted super smelly and loved unconditionally.  


The illustrations are whimsical, colourful and can actually stand on their own to tell the story.   They enrich the text and visually add lots of humour and fun to the tale.  Kids love potty language and experiences so I know this theme will be a great hit making them giggle and laugh as the story is shared.   






About the author...







David Zeltser is the author of the chapter books Lug: Dawn of the Ice Age and Lug: Blast from the North. The novels satirize mankind’s response to climate change and have been praised by Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal and Al Gore, who called the first book “a great combination of humor and powerful insight.” David’s first picture book, Ninja Baby, was the Magnolia State Book Award runner-up, featured in USA Today, and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which called it “a funny and pitch-perfect story.” It was illustrated by Caldecott Honor-winning artist Diane Goode and published by Chronicle Books. David now has four picture books forthcoming from HarperCollins, Lerner, and Random House. He also co-wrote the screenplay Solo, which will be directed by Joseph Greco and Executive Produced by Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy).

David emigrated from the former Soviet Union at age five. After graduating from Harvard in physics, he was admitted to vet school to study wildlife medicine, but ultimately came back to his first love--storytelling. David has banded dozens of species of birds, rounded up giraffes with a pickup truck, and helped care for a baby rhino named Emmitt. But by far his wildest experience was the arrival of his daughter (a.k.a. Ninja Baby). He lives with his wife (Fiona), daughter (Naomi) and dog (Ella), in Santa Cruz, California. David and Fiona, along with their friend Julia Chiapella, spearheaded the creation of the Chamber of Heart and Mystery and the accompanying Word Lab. This is the Santa Cruz Young Writers Program’s nonprofit tutoring and writing center for underserved kids, located at the Museum of Art and History.





About the illustrator...








My studio is a rustic woodshed in a field in the wilds of Northumberland.

I am an award-winning author and illustrator with over 35 picture books and educational titles published internationally. 


With a BA (Hons) in Textile Design; Embroidery from Manchester Metropolitan University and an MA in Illustration from The University of Edinburgh, my work is a combination of collage, traditional drawing and digital media.

When not illustrating you will find me building tree houses, growing vegetables and hand making sketchbooks to fill with new stories, characters and adventures...   





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I put hours of work finding the best kid's books to review for you each day.  If you enjoy visiting Storywraps and would like to donate something for my time and effort I would greatly appreciate it.

Go to the bottom of my blog at the right hand corner (below my photo) and please donate what you feel lead to give.  The amount you donate and the frequency you donate is totally up to you.  I thank you in advance for your support.  I love what I do and appreciate any amount that you may give so I can make our community even better.  Thanks a million! 


Read on and read always!

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