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"Dr. Coo and the Pigeon Protest" - a bookwrap







Pigeons.... friends or foes?  Today's book is all about this controversy. What do you think?  Let's enjoy.





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"Dr. Coo and the Pigeon Protest"

Authored by Sarah Hampson
Illustrated by Kass Reich

Kids Can Press
April 3, 2018


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About the book



Pigeon power needed!  Pigeons unite!  It's time to stop being disrespected by the people around us. We are waging war on discourtesy! 

Dr. Coo, a sophisticated, big-city kind of pigeon,  rallies the troops and mobilizes them for victory.   You see all the pigeons feel that they get no respect as people swat at them with their umbrellas, shoo them from their perches and make them feel like pests, unworthy and unwanted.  Other birds are admired and revered but not the pigeons.

In bygone times pigeons were held in very high esteem and worked in harmony with mankind.  They once delivered news of the Olympic Games throughout Ancient Greece and medicine to soldiers on battlefields.  They were important to humans even called heroes, but alas, no more.  Something has to be done to get them in high standing once again.  Enough is enough! 

Dr. Coo cleverly uses his smarts and hatches a plan to reinstate pigeons back to their rightful place and reclaim the admiration and respect they so deserve.  

It will be Pigeon power at it's best... but will it work?   Healing and harmony is on it's way thanks to the good doctor... Dr. Who? No silly... Dr. Coo!!!! 



Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!






About the author




Sarah Hampson is an award-winning journalist with the Globe and Mail. This is her first foray into the world of writing for children. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Kass Reich worked for three years in Beijing as an early childhood educator --- and that's what inspired her to start making picture books. She now lives in Toronto, Ontario.










About the illustrator







Kass Reich was born in Montreal Canada. She works as an artist and educator and has spent a majority of the last decade traveling and living abroad. Kass graduated with a degree in Art Education from Concordia University then picked up and moved to Beijing where she worked as an early childhood educator for nearly three years. Working with the little ones inspired her to start making picture books for very young learners. After Beijing she lived in Hong Kong, London England and Melbourne Australia. She now finds herself back in Canada but this time in Toronto







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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie - Sing-along: Theme Song [HD] | Amazon Kids - a musicwrap



'If You Give a Mouse a Cookie' Songs
by Lisa Loeb








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Artist:  Lisa Loeb
Amazon Music


Amazon Studio debuts season 1 of new animated series for kids. 


About the album




  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie features original songs by GRAMMY nominated recording artist, Lisa Loeb, and her collaborator Rich Jacques.  Eight songs from the series will be available to stream exclusively on Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music, as well as for digital download or physical purchase only on Amazon Music. 

    Lisa Loeb also recently released her third Amazon Original family album, Lullaby Girl, and two earlier award-winning family music recordings, Nursery Rhyme Parade! and Feel What U Feel. All three recordings are available exclusively via Amazon Music.  Connect with the latest Lisa news at www.lisaloeb.com or via her social networks at @LisaLoeb.

    If you’ve not heard about the much anticipated Amazon Original Series If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, you’re in for a treat. Now live on Amazon, this series follows our childhood friends through their fun adventures with a focus on learning, revolving around a cause-and-effect story structure which inspires endless possibilities. Lisa Loeb is a core part of the production, as the performing artist for the official soundtrack.





    About Lisa






    "As an independent artist, it’s wonderful to find new ways of sharing my music and Amazon reaches an incredibly wide audience. As a parent, I love the convenience of selecting music on Amazon. Amazon Music offers fans easy and fun ways to discover and enjoy new music," said Loeb. Catch Lisa Loeb talking about her music on the Hallmark Home & Family show last week.



    Lisa Loeb is a singer-songwriter, producer, touring artist, author and philanthropist who started her career with the platinum-selling Number 1 hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film Reality Bites. A trailblazing independent artist, Lisa was the first pop musician to have a Number 1 single while not signed to a recording contract. 



    Lisa continues to craft irresistible pop songs for the 21st century, while designing Lisa Loeb Eyewear, writing children's books, and supporting non-profit causes. The Los Angeles based mother of two is well-known to parents and kids for her albums “Catch the Moon” (with Elizabeth Mitchell) and Amazon Music exclusives, “Nursery Rhyme Parade!” and “Feel What U Feel” (featuring Craig Robinson and Ed Helms). She has also published two picture book-CDs for Sterling Children’s Books:  “Lisa Loeb’s Songs for Movin’ and Shakin'” and “Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing Along.”

    Lisa is currently touring around the United States and Canada, releasing new styles of her signature eyewear through Lisa Loeb Eyewear, and will soon be releasing music videos to coincide with her Amazon Music family record, “Feel What U Feel.”

    Catch a fun interview with Lisa on http://www.geekdad.com



     If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Season 1


    (An Amazon Original Soundtrack)


    Track List



    * If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Theme

     * That’s Our Song

    * Space Cookie

     * Toy Roundup

     * Rollin’

     * Dark Tonight

      * Running a Store

     * Tea Time

     * Hoedown


    Total Length: 21:50
    Expected: June 28, 2018


















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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie – Official Trailer [HD] | Amazon Kids





 Official Tailer of :  


"If You Give a Mouse a Cookie"
 ~ Lisa Loeb ~





New Release

Available to stream exclusively on Amazon Music Unlimited  and Prime Music, as well as for digital download or physical purchase on Amazon Music


"If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Season 1 (An Amazon Original Soundtrack) is now available. 
   
Enjoy!!!!



Lisa Loeb! 



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"Surprise!" - a bookwrap








We are invited to a surprise party!   SHHHHH!!!! No letting the secret out now.  Come and enjoy a sweet book about a special birthday celebration for Rabbit!  Come on let's knock and go in shall we?  




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"Surprise!"
Authored and Illustrated by Mike Henson

Ages: 3-6
Grade Level:  PS-1



Editorial Review

"Very young children should have fun guessing what comes next after each blackout, and Henson's minimal text is pre-reader-friendly. Simply cute." - Kirkus Reviews



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About the book


Rabbit's friends have a HUGE surprise for him but it's top secret.  Mom's the word. They invite him over and upon his arrival strange and magical things begin to happen.  The lights keep going on and off.  Whatever is happening he thinks?  Each time they re-appear a   brand new surprise awaits Rabbit.   

Lights on: His friends have donned funny costumes. Off!   Lights on: Everyone is grooving and disco-dancing under the shiny disco balls... Off!  Lights on: The circus is in town and everyone is an under-the-big-top performer! 

"Oh my! (thinks Rabbit)
This party is amazing!...
... Every time 
the light goes on.
there's a fantastic-"
"Surpr-oh..."

Kids will try to guess what might be coming up next I'm sure.  The last surprise is best of all, it's the icing on the cake... literally!  Rabbit will be blown away by the generosity and love he receives from his friends. 

The book enables kids to interact, guess and predict future happenings.  Due to the simplicity of the text there is a ton of room for discussion and vocabulary development.  

The illustrations are colourful, vibrant and full of fun activity.  The book is not only a birthday celebration but a celebration of friendship and love.  I highly recommend this book. 




Storywraps Rating ... 5 HUGS!!!!!




About the author/illustrator





Mike Henson grew up in South Africa and from an early age always loved to draw. He now lives by the sea in Hampshire, England, with his wife and three children, who provide him with daily inspiration. Mike enjoys writing songs and children's stories, creating a mess in the kitchen, and making robots out of cardboard boxes. 


He is a designer, illustrator, musician and generally creative person, with wide experience across a range of print and digital media products including book covers and internal designs, marketing, brochures, flyers, posters, exhibition stands, and magazine ads.






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"Sing Freedom" - a bookwrap




Beautiful Estonia! 







Some fun facts about Estonia





The Estonian Song Festival is one of the largest in the world, tied with ones in Latvia and Lithuania. More than 30000 singers perform simultaneously to an audience of 80000 or more. It is held every 5 years, although smaller ones may happen in between.






The tech-savvy estonians are behind Skype (with Swedes) as well as Kazaa. 





Estonian, with other finno-urgic languages, Finnish and Hungarian, are among the hardest languages to learn as an English-speaker. The hardest are Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Arabic. According to tales, Estonian was the runner-up for the most beautiful language contest behind Italian with the sentence "Sõida tasa üle silla" (Ride gently over the bridge)





Beautiful Tallinn, Estonia!



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"Sing Freedom!"
A Country Wins its Freedom Through Song

Authored by Vanita Oelschlager
Illustrated by Mike DeSantis



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 About the book




This true story is about a small nation called Estonia.  It documents their struggle to rise up once again from their ashes after being  taken over by Russia, Germany, and then by the Soviet Union.

World War 11 brings bullets and tanks into their land and people are forced to give up their flag, their language, and their most beloved possession... their spirit.  But a flicker of hope never totally dies.  Hope burns brightly inside of them and is expressed through their music.  

Yearly they hold a song festival called the Laulupidu where singing groups gather from all over the country.  They dress in their traditional garb and together sing songs.  Often more than 30,000 singers assemble to harmonize together.

The Soviets censor all their traditional Estonian songs.  All but one..."Land of My Fathers, Land That I Love," is overlooked.  The brave Estonians decide to take a risk and sing that patriotic song at the music festival.  They sing that song as the last one at their concert and with thousands of voices participating can not be stopped by the authorities.  

In 1985, under Mikhail Gorbachev, the new leader of the Soviet Union, softens restrictions in the country.  The Estonians, seeing their chance to break free, start talking about their history and celebrating their culture (cautiously of course) once again. They even talk about making changes in the government.  Now that takes courage. They revert to singing Estonian songs and waving their flag proudly after 40 long years of repression.  

The Baltic countries join in acts of open defiance with them... and this is the part I love the best...

"1,000,000 people from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, joined hands to form a human chain across their countries from the city of Tallinn to Vilnius in Lithuania. They joined hands in love and not violence."  

When you read that you both want to cheer and to cry.  Awesome!  


These brave and determined people are not broken or irradiated but become one powerful voice for peace and liberty without using bullets or tanks. Violence didn't change their status.  They did what they knew best. They raise their voices in song and in so doing they changed their world and regain their unique identity. They stand proud... they are Estonians!!!

The illustrations are strong and make the text come alive.  Kids will get a better understanding of the story and the history of this nation because of them.  This book captures the difficult, often dangerous,  struggle of Estonia to rise out of their ruins and become a powerful,  peaceful, unified, sovereign nation once again under their very own flag.  I highly recommend this book.  




Storywraps Rating... 5 HUGS!!!!!






Meet the author






Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, former teacher, current caregiver and, for almost ten years, author and poet.

She was born and raised near Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where she currently serves as a Trustee.

She has also supported and helped Jim as he built Oak Associates, ltd. into a successful investment management firm.


Today, as an accomplished author, Vanita shares openly the experiences that she, Jim and their families have had with multiple sclerosis. She has likened MS to living with an elephant, one that won't go away or be ignored. Together, she and Jim have found ways to live with this "elephant", and to share some of the larger lessons about life they've learned through the disease.




Meet the Illustrator









Mike lives near Cleveland, Ohio with his wonderful wife, three adorable children, and two barking dogs.
He illustrated the non-fiction books, “Don’t Dangle Your Participle” (VanitaBooks, 2014) and “Sing Freedom” (VanitaBooks, Spring 2015), and the fiction picture book “Rock Away Granny” (SkyPony Press, 2017). He is also a regular contributor to Highlights for Children magazine and Highlights Press puzzle books.  Mike is Regional Advisor for SCBWI Northern Ohio.




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"The Bagel King" - a bookwrap










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"The Bagel King"

Authored by Andrew Larsen
Illustrated by Sandy Nichols


  • Age Range: 5 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2

Publisher: Kids Can Press (May 1 2018)


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The Yiddish words in this book are:

mensch: (mentsh):  a good person
oy: expression or exclamation usually used in dismay
schmutz (schmuhtz):  dirt or grime, usually spilled or dropped
tuches (took-huss):  your bum
Zaida (zay-dah): grandfather


Other things to know:

bagel (bay-gull): a ring-shaped bread roll traditionally made by boiling and then baking

chicken soup: a traditional Jewish home remedy for colds and anything else that might ail you.  Usually served with noodles or fluffy round dumplings called matzo (maht-zah) balls. 



About the book




This delightful book focuses on a lovely relationship between a grandfather and his beloved grandson.  The bonding glue between the two?  Bagels.

Every Sunday Zaida goes to Merv's Bakery to buy bagels.  Sometimes his grandson Eli goes with him. Mrs. Rose always treats  Eli to one of her scrumptious pickles right out of the jar that she keeps on the shelf behind the counter.  Zaida and Eli think they are the best pickles in the whole wide world.   Usually, though, Eli stays home and his wonderful Zaida hand - delivers those yummy bagels right to his door.

"Eli would hear a familiar Knock! Knock!
"Who's there?"
"It's me!" Zaida would say.  "I've got bagels!"

All year long Zaida, though rain and heat, snow and gloom faithfully brings not only Eli his bagels, but bagels to his friends too.  It truly is an labour of love resulting in a bagel feast fit for a king. 


"Warm.
Chewy.
Salty.
Bagels were the best thing about Sunday."

Then one Sunday the unspeakable happens.  Zaida does not arrive bearing his tasty gifts.  What possibly could have happened to him?  Zaida is always punctual just like clockwork .... Sunday, bagels, his delivery and the fellowship that ensues.  Something must be terribly wrong. Wherever could he be? 

Eli rushes over to Zaida's to find out what has happened. He discovers that Zaida has accidentally fallen on his tuches and injured himself.   The doctor orders him housebound until he totally recovers.  Eli realizes his grandfather's acts of kindness affect not only himself but the others around him too.  

Eli brings Zaida soup, sees that he gets his rest and even reads to him. He turns into a nurse extraordinaire. Then he gets a brilliant idea...  could he possibly replace his Zaida and become the-bearer- of-the-bagels for everyone to enjoy this Sunday?  What do you think?  I bet he can for sure.  This will make everyone, including his wonderful Zaida, very very happy indeed.  

I like how the Yiddish words are sprinkled throughout the story for everyone to enjoy and gives you a taste into their culture.  The book will spark conversations on family dynamics and the importance of being kind to one another.   The illustrations are full of expression and detail and are a huge asset to the narrative.  I am sure this is a book that when shared will be well received by both the young and the old.  



Storywraps Rating .... 5 ++ HUGS!!!!!






About the author









Andrew Larsen is the acclaimed author of such books as Goodnight, Hockey Fans, A Squiggly Story, The Not-So-Faraway Adventure, In the Tree House and The Imaginary Garden. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.



About the illustrator





Sandy Nichols is the illustrator of Starring Lorenzo, and Einstein Too, and the 40th anniversary board book editions of Alligator Pie and Garbage Delight. She also illustrates for magazines and advertising clients. Sandy and her family live in Calgary, Alberta.










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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 top 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! 
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"Lullapop Lullabies - a musicwrap




LULLAPOP LULLABIES






21 OF TODAY'S BIGGEST HITS
"LULLAFIED" FOR BABIES & TODDLERS

LULLABY VERSIONS OF CURRENT POP SONGS MADE FAMOUS BY JUSTIN BIEBER, ADELE, ED SHEERAN,
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, SIA, RIHANNA, BRUNO MARS, & MORE

21-song playlist of soothing instrumentals crafted for the millennial parent & child


Access an embeddable version of the first track, "Despacito," here: http://bit.ly/2z9z4VL





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Innovative independent record label Razor & Tie offers a fresh take on bedtime, naptime, or anytime for the littlest music aficionados with the digital release of Lullapop Lullabies on November 17, 2017. This irresistible 21-song album is designed with the millennial family in mind, offering enchantingly "lullafied" instrumental versions of current chart-toppers made famous by the likes of Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Adele, Sia, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Drake, and more. A physical release will follow in January.



The gentle, elegant orchestrations on Lullapop Lullabies hit just the right note when it comes to helping babies and toddlers drift off to dreamland. Glockenspiel, harp, and piano blend their sounds, transforming distinctive Top 40 hits like Justin Bieber's "Despacito," Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You," Adele's "Hello," and DNCE's "Cake by the Ocean" into serene-and-soothing lullabies for the four-and-under set.  This collection gets an A+ for putting smiles on the faces of parents who already know and love the familiar melodies.




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Album Details:  Lullapop Lullabies
Digital Release Date: November 17, 2017
Physical Release Date: January 26, 2018
For ages 0 - 4
Label: Razor & Tie Recordings
Running Time:  56 minutes



Track List

* Despacito

* Shape Of You

* Can’t Stop The Feeling

* Let Me Love You

* That’s What I Like

* Cheap Thrills

* Rockabye

* Cake by The Ocean 

* Black Beatles

* 24K Magic

* Closer

* Hotline Bling

* Sorry 

* This Is What You Came For

* Don’t Let Me Down

* Stay

* What Do You Mean

* Hello

* Don’t Wanna Know

* Love On The Brain

* Watch Me (Whip-Nae Nae) 










Lullapop Lullabies will be available for streaming and download at all digital service providers, value priced at $7.99 per download. A physical release will follow on January 26, 2018, when CDs will be available nationwide at Walmart, Target, Amazon, and other retailers.




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"Good Night Sleep Tight" - a bookwrap








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"Good Night Sleep Tight"
Eleven-and-a-half Good Night Stories
with Fox and Rabbit

Authored by Kristina Andres

Ages 5-7
Country of origin:  Germany
Gecko Press


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Excerpt :  Second Story








"A very good night to you, dear Fox, " Rabbit said solemnly.
"Dear Rabbit!" A very good night to you too," replied Fox.
"To me too? said Rabbit.  "Who besides you wishes me good night?'
"I do!" sang the moon.  "Good night to you, rabbit. And good night to Fox as well."
"Good night," sighed the rose outside the window.
"Good night," the pear trees whispered.
"Good night! Good night! Good night!" piped the fleas on Fox's tail.
"Good night," the stars chimed.
"Good night," the raspberries murmured.
"Fox!" Rabbit's eyes were wide.  " I think it's time we went to bed."💫



Good Night Sleep Tight is a gorgeous read-aloud family book that’s full of joy. In each story Fox and Rabbit try different ways to get to sleep or in some cases, not get to sleep...
A lovely gift for any child who enjoys bouncing on the bed before their goodnight stories – that is, for any child!
~Rachel Lawson, co-publisher



About the book






Fox and Rabbit live quite far away, in a bright little house beyond the molehills. They make strange bedfellows but it's true they are very good friends.  Each night, with politeness and care they help each other drift off into Dreamland or do they?   

These eleven-and-a-half stories are perfect to curl up with and enjoy as a read-aloud together before it's time to sleep.  They creatively express different ways two best friends wish each other  good night which I'm sure will inspire your little one to do the same with you. How do you say goodnight in your home? 

Bedtime rituals are a wonderful way to wrap up a busy day then wrap up your little one (burrito-style of course) and say nite nite, sleep tight.  These heartwarming stories of friendship and fun will be a delight to share again and again. They are tuck-in perfect.  

The stories are short and the illustrations enrich them greatly.  It is a a storybook for all ages so regardless of your age they will surely be enjoyed.  I highly recommend the book. 


Storywraps Rating:  5 ++ Hugs!!!!!


















About the author








Kristina Andres was born in Greifswald in 1971 and grew up in Mecklenburg, where she lives today. She studied history of art and literature and then moved to the Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts. She has been working as a freelance artist since 2002. She has written and illustrated numerous children’s books and received several awards.








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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 top 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! 


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"I Love Kisses" - a bookwrap










Kisses are one of those physical events that bring hearts together and lets both giver and receiver know how much they are treasured.  Kisses are a shared celebration of "I love you!" ....   XXXXX




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"I Love Kisses"

Authored by Sheryl McFarlane
Illustrated by Brenna Vaughan

Ages : 4-8
Grade Level: PS-4



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Editorial Reviews


"[The illustrations] neatly show a huge range of diversity in skin tone and family makeup, including two dads with a baby and a mixed-race family." - Kirkus




"McFarlane and Vaughan transport readers to a diverse neighborhood of townhouses populated by families of all makeups and colors-in the span of a few homes there are single parents, interracial families, gay fathers, a child who uses a wheelchair, and others. It's an easygoing and broadly appealing reminder that-no matter a family's shape, size, or particular circumstances-affection is a constant."Publishers Weekly




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About the book




Who knew there were so many occasions where kisses are planted?   

"I love kisses.
I'll be you do too!'" 

The unfolding of these kissfests and the diversity of the people who deliver them make this book exceptionally fun and a huge winner.  Wee ones will identify with all of the scenarios proposed I'm sure.  

Kisses wake you up in the morning, licking puppies and drooling baby brothers are happy to contribute.  Kisses are the perfect bandaid for bee stings and boo-boos that are hurtful, and on special holidays are celebrated when family and friends gather together.  Sadness, can't stay mad at you, and good night/sleep tight kisses are always the best to receive as they transfer care and healing to those in need.    


The digital illustrations are colourful, expressive and add a lovely richness to the text.  The best news of all?  Kisses are given from heart to heart and they are absolutely free. This is a wonderful book that shows how love is expressed and appreciated.  

(Of course when the book is shared together be sure to sprinkle lots of hugs and smooches to your little one to drive the message home. Home is where the heart is and the best kisses of all! 




Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!






About the author







Sheryl McFarlane is a mother, grandmother, educator, editor, and author of more than a dozen books for children. Waiting for the Whales, Jessie’s Island, and A Pod of Orcas are a few of her bestselling and award-winning, books. Her forthcoming picture books are Island in the Salish Sea and Kisses. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.








About the illustrator






Brenna loved creating as soon as she was able to hold a crayon. As a child, she lived with a nice family who gave her a lot of art supplies and paper. She made many drawings and books, mostly of unicorns, animals in clothing, fairy princesses and outfits she wanted to wear (all of which she still draws today). Her love of art and books led her to get a BFA in illustration from Memphis College of Art. Now, she wants nothing more than to fill as much time as possible illustrating stories for young people. Brenna's work is a blend of digital and traditional media that combines watercolor, ink and acrylic with digital techniques. She lives in the St. Louis, MO area with her two children, and some hamster escape artists. When she is not illustrating she loves to sew, treasure hunt in the local thrift store, spend hours at the library, explore the outdoors, and eat new foods.








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"My Best Friend Is A Goldfish" - a bookwrap










Everyone desires to have a BFF.  They want a  soul-friend to spend time with, share things with and be there for them.  Do you have one?  I hope so.  They are more precious than gold or silver.  Today's book is about trying to find the perfect replacement for a BFF... is that even possible?  Let's find out shall we?  




Unwrapping







"My Best Friend Is A Goldfish" 

Authored by Mark Lee
Illustrated by Chris Jevons

Ages 4-8
Available:  April 1, 2018 



Unwrapping some great illustrations 























































About the book



A young boy loves his best friend dearly.  He quarrels with her about the game they are playing, gets angry and decides to dump her and go find a new one.  He has had enough and surely there are others who would gladly take her place and appreciate him more.

He discovers that it's not quite as easy as he thinks.  He turns to his pet dog, Murphy to fit the role.  Although Murphy loves to sniff everything and scoffs his food at breakneck speed from his bowl on the floor he prefers his own canine friends as apposed to his pet human.  No, Murphy isn't a good match.

The boy then moves on to his cat Gus, his hamster Hercules, and finally Fishy Robert, his goldfish.  Nope, none of them fit the bill either. Put a line through their names... eliminated!   

He reflects on perhaps a kid that he knows who moved to Brazil.  Nooo! How about Captain Blastoff, the Space Pirate? Won't work!   Or maybe his teddy? Don't think so.  Rejection of all the above follow... oh my!! This is tough. Wherever shall he find a brand-new BFF that shares the things he loves and wants to spend time with him?  Is it even possible to do or is he doomed to playing solitaire and living with a BFF called Loneliness forever and ever?  

This book is about friendship and the value of appreciating and keeping a good friend.  The illustrations are colourful, vibrant and extremely relatable to this age group.  I really enjoyed the book and recommend it for sharing together thus sparking a conversation about the qualities of having and being a good friend and being very grateful for that special relationship.  



Storywraps Rating ...  5 Hugs!!!!!










About the author




Questions I've Never Been Asked


What kind of writer are you? 

Your profile on Wikipedia says that you’ve written novels, children’s books, plays and poetry.
I see myself as a writer who has created works in variety of forms and genres. Whenever I start a new project I let the characters, setting and story determine the form of the work. 

 Is there anything unusual about your life as a writer?

I’ve been a full-time writer for most of my adult life. I’ve never taught creative writing, received a grant or lived off a trust fund. I haven’t had a conventional job since the age of 26. 

What would you do if you hadn’t been a writer?

At various times, I’ve considered being a cop, a teacher, a relief worker or a Buddhist monk.
During one period of your life, you worked as a foreign correspondent. 

Why would someone who has reported on war and famine write children’s books like Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street?

Writing children’s books is challenging, but it has given me a great deal of pleasure. It’s a way to connect to memories of my own childhood and the books I loved reading.

Is there any advice you’d like to give to a young writer?

Stop comparing yourself to others, and try to find your own voice.
A writer’s life isn’t a short-distance run -- it’s a marathon.
Any successful writer has learned how to deal with doubt and rejection.

So how can a writer deal with rejection?

While you’re working on your writing, make sure that you stay healthy, have friends and believe in something larger than your self. 

In the past, you have resisted talking about your personal life and have tried to remove all your photographs from the Internet. Why did you do that?

I strongly dislike the government and corporate monitoring that has become possible in our Digital Era. 

So why have you decided to write a memoir and reveal details about your past?

A few years ago I ended up in the hospital with sepsis: e.g. a massive infection of my abdominal cavity. After I came out of a morphine-induced dreamland, I examined my life and realized that I had almost died before writing a book that has always been in my thoughts. 
I left the hospital with drainage tubes still inserted in my stomach, and began the long road to recovery. When I was healthy, I started writing the memoir. 
Although my feelings about personal privacy haven’t changed, this book is a story that I want to share with others. 

Last question! Give us the one word that describes you.
Grateful. 




About the illustrator





Hello! 

I'm Chris Jevons - a digital artist lucky enough spend everyday creating illustrations for children's publishing. I am represented internationally by the lovely Bright Agency based in London and New York. 

I've been drawing and doodling for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I was inspired by 80's and 90's cartoons such as Thundercats and Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles. 
I was also heavily influenced by video games, including the original Mario Bros series on the Nes and Snes, and Sonic The Hedgehog on the Sega MegaDrive. 

My first taste of digital art was when my parents bought our first main family computer, an Amiga 500+. The Amiga came as a the Cartoon Classics set, featuring Captain Planet, Lemmings and Bart Vs The Space Mutants. Most importantly, it came with Deluxe Paint 3. 

I spent hours drawing and animating using Deluxe Paint to create pixelated illustrations and jerky animations. 

I decided to pursue a career in design and illustration (my maths is terrible!) inspired by The Simpsons, children's books and many films and animation studios such as Pixar and Laika. I studied art and design at college and graduated in 2003 with a Bsc in Multi-Media at Leeds Met. 

Fast forward to 2015, I now work as an illustrator, specialising in children's books. I love to create fun characters and detailed scenes using various textured brushes in Photoshop.

I have also worked as a 2d After Effects animator / illustrator, collaborating with York based animation studio, ay-pe. 

I create my artwork digitally using a Wacom Cintiq 24HD drawing tablet on an iMac 27" Retina and Adobe CC software. 




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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 top 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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