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"Feeling Worried?" - a bookwrap








Young children face many strong feelings, some of which can be difficult to handle. This series uses humor and compassion to show children how to help others—and themselves—feel better when dealing with challenging emotions. Lively art illustrates the stories with charm and energy. At the end of each book, a special section for adults presents ideas for helping children deal with feelings in healthy ways, as well as a list of recommended books for further reading. Also available is a free downloadable leader’s guide for the series with additional information, discussion questions, and activities.



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Authored by Kay Barnham
Illustrated by Mike Gordon

Ages 5-9
Grade Level: Grade 2



Illustrations for you to enjoy





















About the book




Ava is a wonderful confidant who senses when those around her are worried.  She does her best to either help them herself, as she did for her smaller brother, Noah,  who is very worried about not being able to complete his homework because he preconconceives it too hard, or with a friend at school whose parents are going through a divorce and needs to talk to them about her feelings concerning her uncertain future.  


Ava then experiences worry first-hand when she has to face an up-coming dentist appointment that is looming the next day.  Will she be able to cope with those fears and put into practice what she has been mentoring others to do?  


The lovely and expressive illustrations focus on the the feelings associated with "worry". The book helps young children understand and deal with their anxieties.  Worry is a very strong, real emotion that can be overcome by discussing it and seeking help from others when it overtakes you.  The child characters in the book are presented in different scenarios that are relatable to kids reading the book thus making it easier to open up and discuss fears and apprehensions they may be experiencing with a parent, teacher or caregiver.  The book is perfect for a home or a classroom setting.  I highly recommend this book and encourage you to check out the complete series.  



Storywraps rating...  5 HUGS!!!!!






About the author/illustrator 





Kay Barnham began working in children’s publishing in 1992 as a nonfiction editor. Then she got the chance to write her own books, which she thinks is the best job ever. Altogether, she’s written about a hundred books. She is married with a daughter and lives in England.


Mike Gordon is a popular and award-winning cartoonist. He has produced over 500 cards for Hallmark and over 300 picture books. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.











Mike Gordon is a popular and award-winning cartoonist. He has produced over 500 cards for Hallmark and over 300 picture books. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.










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"Binky the Space Cat" - a bookwrap.



Binky the Space Cat 

Written and illustrated by Ashley Spires 








Hi again! Its Sparrow the Graphic Novel Guru. I'm back for another excellent graphic novel recommendation, this time a book by Canadian author and illustrator Ashley Spires. Ashley has authored numerous, award winning books, including the brilliant "The Most Magnificent Thing" and "The Thing Lou Couldn't Do" which Marilyn reviewed recently. She resides in British Columbia, Canada.









Now about our graphic novel! Binky is a space cat - yes, you heard that right! He is officially certified for space travel. Binky's love for inventions comes in handy as he works to build spaceship so that he can travel throughout space and most importantly, fight alien invaders! He has sworn to protect his humans from alien foes (which look strangely like bugs!). He must train very hard in order to become the space defender that his family needs.








This graphic novel is perfect for younger readers as it is easy to follow and has a lot of pictures. It is very witty and you will definitely fall in love with Binky and his quirkiness. Ashley has created a character who is adventurous yet has the perfect little heart as he loves his humans so much and puts the needs of his family above everything else. I highly recommend this graphic novel, and encourage you to read the entire Binky series of books!

If you want to check out more about Ashley, she has a great website with examples of her amazing talent as an illustrator at: ashleyspires.com. You can also connect with Ashley on twitter and  instagram!






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"Rock-n-Roll Yearbook" - a musicwrap




The Bazillions Carry Kids through the School Year with

"ROCK-N-ROLL YEARBOOK"

Available at: 

*www.thebazillions.com
*Amazon
*CD Baby
*iTunes





One of the most exciting – and anxious – times in a young person’s life is the start of the school year. This fall, The Bazillions provide young students with a soundtrack to carry them through the school year: Rock-n-Roll Yearbook, available now!








The Bazillions are the creation of Twin Cities’ parents/educators/singer-songwriters Adam and Kristin Marshall. Literally from their first day on the job at Kenny School in Minneapolis, the couple was writing songs for and with their students. Before long, the kids knew every word to every song, and parents began asking for a CD. So, along with their indie pop band The Humbugs, the Marshalls recorded and released “Rock-n-Roll Recess,” under the new alter-ego band name “The Bazillions.”


With years of indie-pop gigs under their belts, The Bazillions bring their music to the kindie rock stage with a well-honed live sound. But the shows have rapidly and organically grown into a full multimedia experience.  

The Bazillions, known for their "pitch perfect twangy indie pop rock," tight harmonies and tangentially educational songs and music videos, are a Parents' Choice and NAPPA Award winning mom-and-pop indie band based in Minneapolis.  Led by former teachers and current life partners Adam and Kristin Marshall.  They have released three previous award-winning albums:  "Rock-n-Roll Recess", "Heads or Tales" and "On the Bright Side". Animated videos on The Bazillion YouTube Channel have generated more than 6 million views.  Radio shows around the nation - including SiriusXM Satellite radio, Radio Disney and 89.3 The Current - have been spinning their tunes since the band launched in 2010.


The energy on the album is high and appealing to both young and old. The Bazillions perform hundreds of shows around the Twin Cities and beyond, and their videos have been viewed by kids on every continent. The Marshalls live and work in Minneapolis with their two children. They are developing a downloadable "Rock-in-Roll Yearbook" for fans to track their progress through the coming school year, and they will be producing new animated videos. 




For more information on The Bazillions check out their website:   

www.thebazillions.com





In their own words


"It came together so naturally," says Adam.  "I was writing a bunch of new songs and realized that they corresponded with events during a school year."  Adds Kristin, "Our goal became to create a story where the listener can imagine a child, or themselves, going through the school year and all the events that they might experience.  We are still so connected to school life through our teaching experiences and our own children.  All of this inspired and informed these songs."




Track Listing




1. Back At School

2. Take Turns

3. New Pair Of Shoes

4. You Could Be The One

5. That’s My Style

6. Just Another Monday

7. Who What When Where Why

8. Queen Ellen Of The Spelling Bee

9. Wide Open World Of Adjectives

10. More To Be Done

11. Keep Your Identity Safe

12. Summer’s Here




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"Stegosaurus Would NOT make a Good Pirate" - a bookwrap







Would this guy make a good pirate?  He's probably as big as the ship and that's just the start of his problems.  Come meet Gary, the stegosaurus, and listen to his story...



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"STEGOSAURUS WOULD NOT MAKE A GOOD PIRATE"

Authored by Thomas Kingsley Troupe
Illustrated by Steph Calvert

Ages  4-7
Grade Level  PS-2
Dinosaur Dreams Series



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About the book



Gary, a stegosaurus, dreams of becoming a pirate.  Think it's possible for the big guy?  

He gives it his best shot but his body size gives him grief because Captain One-Tooth tells him it's mandatory to wear pirate clothes and nothing fits his over-sized body.  Due to his hefty weight he keeps the ship rocking no matter where he stands and nearly tips it over. Now that's a BIG problem. He shreds the sails with his prickly tail, breaks the crow's nest because of his weight, and misinterprets the poop deck sign when he has to go to the bathroom.  Oh my!  Gary is turning out to be a liability on that pirate voyage I think, don't you? 

The other crew members are not amused when they discover he is a vegetarian and collectively give him stink-eye.  He shows his true colours after another bad pirate ship comes within firing range and shoots cannonballs at them.  Gary hits the deck and tries to hide but to no avail... he's too huge to even hide.  His fellow pirates are not one bit impressed and probably are very happy with Captain One-Tooth's decision to terminate Gary's pirate position.  

Poor guy, maybe his dream of being a pirate and sailing the seven seas is just a pipe-dream after all.  Did this turn him off and did he give up on pursuing something brand new and exciting?  Wait until you find out what he chooses to go after next!!!! It will make you laugh out loud I'm sure. Got to give him credit ... he thinks BIG!!!

I love the book and the illustrations are detailed, action-packed and full of humour.  They have answers to some question asked at the end of the book embedded in them making this interactive component such fun for the reader.  The book has dinosaur facts at the end too enabling young readers to learn more about these magnificent creatures.  It's a fun read-aloud (in your best pirate's voice of course) and would be a great addition to a classroom or a school or family library.  I highly recommend this book.




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







About the author









Thomas Kingsley Troupe has written more than thirty children's books. His book Legend of the Werewolf (Picture Window Books, 2011) received a bronze medal for the Moonbeam Children's Book Award. Thomas lives in Woodbury, Minnesota with his wife and two young boys.





About the illustrator







Steph Calvert is a one eyed artist with a boisterous laugh and a never ending love for all things snacky. She lives on a 10 acre fixer upper farm near Savannah, Georgia with her hilarious family - husband Josh, mom in law Carole, and kids Phil and Joy. Steph's a big fan of going on adventures, binge watching old episodes of 30 Rock, and being ridiculous for the sake of comedy.









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"Annabel on the Go" - a bookwrap









"Who shall I be today?" asks Annabel.  Read her story and see how she chooses a new persona each and every day and has great fun doing it!


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"Annabel on the Go"
Authored and Illustrated by Amy Mullen
Ages 2-5


Unwrapping some fun illustrations for you



























About the book




This book is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.  Simple action - filled illustrations embrace the text and bring it to life. The text is large and easy to read and understand.  The illustrations are child-like and very relatable to that age group. 

Annabel gets up every morning and decides who she wants to be for the day.  Her imagination takes over and she is off on a fun journey of creativity.  She pretends she is a painter, a baker, a builder, a circus ring leader, a dancer, a doctor, a musician, and a princess just to cite a few.  

She includes her pet friend Cat in her antics and together they have great fun fantasizing through each and every day.


"And each night when Annabel goes to bed she wonders who she will be tomorrow."


Storywraps rating -  4 HUG!!!!








About the author/illustrator





Amy Mullen is a self-taught digital illustrator living and working in the Washington, DC metro area. She graduated from Sweet Briar College with a BA in Dance and a minor in English & Creative Writing. She is a member of SCBWI and has an affection for all things related to the children’s illustration market. In 2009, Amy created Mint Parcel, a line of affordable art prints for kids featuring animals, monsters, pop culture figures and famous literary characters.





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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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"My Nana and Me" - a bookwrap










This awesome book is a celebration of the love between a little girl and her doting Nana whom she loves with all her heart.... and the feeling is mutual right back at her!  In her eyes her Nana rocks BIG TIME!!!!





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"My Nana and Me"

Authored by Irene Smalls
Illustrated by Cathy Ann Johnson
Ages 2-6



Unwrapping some amazing illustrations for you




































About the book




This book is a charming story about the strong bond of love between a little girl and her beloved Nana.  It takes you through a special day they spend together enjoying a tea party, dressing up fancy, playing hide-and-seek, sharing Eskimo kisses sprinkled with words of endearment, plaiting Nana's hair, playing pat-a-cake and much more.  They are truly enjoying each other's company so much  just lovin' on one another.

After a warm bath the little girl basks in cuddle time curled up on Nana's knee.  Nana reads story after story to her which delights them both. Then it's time for bed.  The two lovebirds snuggle up under the blankets and drift off to sleep to the rhythm of their heartbeats blending together.

The amazing illustrations are softly coloured and they augment the strong feeling of the love that flow between the two.  The illustrator has included at the beginning of the book a place to insert a picture of the reader's Nana which personalizes the book making it a family treasure.  This heartwarming story is a celebration of love between a granddaughter and her grandmother and I highly recommend it.  





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






About the author






Irene Smalls grew up in Harlem in the 1950s and graduated from Cornell University. She also has an M.B.A. from New York University. She has been a model, an actress, a radio reporter, and a small business owner, but her favorite job is being a children's author. She has written several books for young readers, including Jonathan and His Mommy, illustrated by Michael Hays.








About the illustrator








CATHY ANN JOHNSON was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She credits her parents Clinton and Lucille Johnson with helping to shape her life. Her mother ran a daycare center in her home in an urban community. Many of the children brought to her home were abandoned or were unofficial foster children. Cathy has always had a passion to draw and a love for children's literature. As a child she would frequently sneak away to the neighborhood library to read as many children's books as she could.

Among the books she has illustrated are Robo's Favorite Places, written by Wade Hudson and published by Just Us Books; Glo Goes Shopping, written by Cheryl Willis Hudson, published by Just Us Books; My Nana and Me, written by Irene Smalls, Pop Pop and Me, written by Irene Smalls, and A Heart for Jesus, written by Juanita Bynum. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she operates the graphic design studio, LUV-IT.






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Jazzy Ash "Swing Set" - a musicwrap










Jazzy Ash Releases Four Family Music Album

(Featuring Fresh Versions of African American Rhymes and Songs)

"SWING SET"








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Multiple award-winning and nationally touring artist Jazzy Ash is back with her fourth album for all ages, Swing Set. Arranged and enhanced for a new generation, these 14 classic songs, rhythms and rhymes represent and celebrate a tradition handed down by African-American children, adults, and musicians from the mid-19th century to the early jazz era. 


After years of deep research, Jazzy Ash gathers up these time-tested tunes, polishes them up, and presents them to new audience.  The songs on Swing Set are interspersed with percussive playground rhymes. Each track is at least 90 years old. Produced  by Chris Schlarb at his completely analog studio Big Ego, these tracks vary from sassy clapping playground rhymes, to soulful lullabies and classic New Orleans melodies, all presented in style by Jazzy Ash, her band, with children’s voices sprinkled in to invite listener engagement. Swing Set also features Washington DC based artist Uncle Devin on “Hambone,” and tap dancer Sarah Reich (Postmodern Jukebox) on “Ballin’ the Jack.”

“The history behind these songs and rhymes is so rich ,” explains Jazzy Ash. “As I was researching these and sharing my arrangements with my students and teachers in my workshops, I realized how many generations of people have been personally impacted by these traditional tunes. Many of these songs and games were largely carried along by little girls on the playground throughout time, and it’s not often that we celebrate the work of women. I wanted to convey the grit and soul of that grassroots heritage with these recordings.”










About Jazzy Ash...


          Jazzy Ash grew up with her mother from New Orleans and her father from Trinidad. Music infused her home life every day, from jazz to Caribbean rhythms to the lively children’s music which was playing all the time for the kids in her mother’s home day care. She often spent summers in New Orleans with her aunts and grandparents, enjoying the culture and music that permeated their West Bank neighborhood. 
Later on, after becoming mom to two sons, she earned a degree in early childhood development and embarked on her music education program, Leaping Lizards Music. 
Jazzy Ash's NOLA visits, expecially during Mardi Gras, reaffirmed the importance of exploring this part of her heritage.

Ash and her band, Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards, have had the pleasure of performing at Lincoln Center and Symphony Space in New York, Getty Center in California, and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and Ann Arbor Summer Festival, among other prestigious venues. 

Additionally, Jazzy Ash continues to focus on education, regularly teaching performing arts to children and music education to educators. Most recently, Jazzy Ash has hosted workshops for National HeadStart, NAEYC, and MaxFunCon. 

Her music has been featured by LA Times and NPR, and continues to top the Children's Music Charts. Her fourth album, Swing Set, will be released in July 2017. 




Find out more about her at:  

www.jazzyash.com





Track List for "Swing Set" 


*Li'l Liza Jane
3:56

*Hambone
1:25

*Coming Around the Mountain
4:47

*Head and Shoulders, Baby
0:28

*When the Saints Go Marching In
3:24

*Sister Kate
3:12


*Little Sally Walker
0:31

*Eh La Bas
2:47

*Everybody Loves My Baby
2:47

*Ballin' the Jack
2:24

*Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
0:28

*Miss Mary Mack
2:28

*All the Pretty Little Horses
3:02

*Down by the Riverside
2:20




℗ 2017 Leaping Lizards Music



Available From:

jazzyash.com

iTunes
Amazon




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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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"See you when I see you" - a bookwrap






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"See you when I see you"

Authored by Rose Lagercrantz
Illustrated by Eva Ericsson

Ages 5-8
Country of origin:  Sweden


A stand-alone follow-up to
 the acclaimed and beloved chapter books that began with New York Times notable book "My Happy Life".  This is the fifth installment in the early chapter series featuring Dani.



Unwrapping some great b&w illustrations 






























About the book




Dani, a second-grader, is about to start school.  She is a bit apprehensive because she will not have her "best friend in the whole world" with her, Ella.  Ella moved away.  She does feel some happiness because her beloved father, Gianna, has returned home after being hospitalized for the summer due to a car accident.  Another bright spot to focus on is the class trip every second grader gets to go on to the Skansen Zoo.  

Her teacher carefully goes over the rules of the trip and cautions the kids that if they get separated or lost from the rest of the class they are stay put until someone seeks them out. Dani finds herself accosted by two of her classmates who infer that she looks like the monkeys.  This tears at her heart and she runs away feeling oh so hurt by their cruel words.  

Separated from her group she miraculously discovers her best friend Ella is also at the zoo.  What are the chances of that? The two girls decide to sneak off and have an adventure all on their own. The heck with school protocol... their special friendship bond is more important than following old rules.  Right?  I don't think their teacher might agree with that decision so you? 

When Dani returns home Sadie, a nurse her dad fell in love with during his stay in the hospital, is invited to dinner.  Dani is not convinced she likes her all that much as the death of her mother is still raw in her psyche and she's not ready to move on to someone new.  

Can Dani's world ever have harmony and peace once again? Will she find the happiness she so longs for?   This wonderful story deals with family relationships, bullying, sprinkles of humour and a forever friendship.  These concepts are interwoven throughout the story making it a very interesting and relatable read.

The black and white illustrations add such a lovely richness to the beautifully written story.  The sentences are short with simple words so a confident beginning reader would be very comfortable reading it. It also would be a great to share together as a read-aloud.  I highly recommend this book and the others in the series.  



 Storywraps rating... 5 +++ HUGS!!!!











About the author





Rose Lagercrantz is a popular Swedish author of books for children as well as for adults. Her first book was published in 1973. She has received many of the top Swedish literary awards, including the August Prize and the Astrid Lindgren Prize





About the illustrator






Eva Eriksson is one of the best-loved illustrators in Sweden, whose awards include the Astrid Lindgren prize and the August award.











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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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"The Backup Bunny" - a bookwrap








I know you will love this book and many kids (and parents) can relate to little Max's dilemma.  Perhaps this has happened right in your own family.  The illustrations are phenomenal.  Enjoy! 




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"The Backup Bunny"

Authored by Abigail Rayner
Illustrated by Greg Stones

Ages 4-8




Amazing illustrations for you to peek at






























About the book



Max has a very smart mom.  She has plan "B" waiting in her sock drawer just in case there is an emergency at bedtime.  You see Max loves his most favourite bedtime bunny and one night he can't locate it.  When Max lets out a desperate cry his mom quickly goes to her bedroom and brings him back a surrogate.  She has wisely stashed away an identical bunny named Fluffy for just a time as this.  She hands him over hoping everything will settle down now and Max will go to sleep.

At first Max is content and cuddles what he perceives to be his familiar stuffed bunny.  He soon realizes that Fluffy's ears are too new and perky!  Wait a minute!!!! This is not his old snuggle bunny that he loves so much. He has been duped.  He flings the poor guy across the floor and rejects him.  Poor Fluffy feels the pain of being spurned.  He wants so much to be a source of love and comfort for distraught, unhappy Max. 

Will Fluffy's destiny be to return to Mom's sock drawer forever and ever tucked away?  Is there any possible way that he can be accepted and loved by Max just like the old bunny?  

The illustrations are so endearing, full of expression and heart. I love the book and  I highly recommend this book.  




Storywraps Rating -  5 bunny Hugs!!!!!








About the author




Abigail Rayner was born in England where they have lots of history and rain. When she grew up, she became a reporter and moved to New York, where she was encouraged to write stories, but not the made-up kind. These days she lives in New Jersey, with her wonderful husband, two brilliant kids, and three terrible cats. 













About the illustrator






Greg Stones majored in studio art at Bates College, where he learned to paint photo-realistically, and was the cartoonist for the school paper. Two years after graduating, be began combining his pretty landscapes with his cartooning skills—adding penguins, zombies, and now bunnies to his work.  He is creator of the illustrated book Zombies Hate Stuff. Greg lives in Rhode Island.








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"Goodnight Soccer" - a bookwrap









Sports Illustrated for Kids has a wonderful bedtime series that kids will love ( four books):

 *Goodnight Baseball
*Goodnight  Hockey
*Goodnight Football 
**Goodnight Soccer **  

Enjoy! 




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Authored by Michael Dahl
Illustrated by Christina Forshay
Sports Illustrated Kids Series
Ages 4-7




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About the book




This book is perfect for the budding sports enthusiast you may have  living right in your own home.  Written in rhyme it is brimming with action words pertaining to the game of soccer.  Such delightful words as: kick, dribble, striker, penalty kick, defence, and goal (just to name a few) gets you into game-mode and maybe even teach you a thing or two regarding the game. 

The excitement of the crowd singing and chanting, the packed-out stadium, the loud roar of the fans delights the little girl in the story as she and her brother get caught up in the magic of a real-time game.  The last second goal attained by the little girl's favourite team electrifies the crowd and has them cheering mightily to express their happiness and yes, relief. Whew!!  Winning is the best!!!!!

A lovely touch is when the captain of the winning team offers the little girl the soccer ball to take home for her very own to keep.  What an honour to walk out of stadium hugging that ball tightly... a trophy that is priceless indeed. 

 The last part is dedicated to saying farewell and goodnight to all things soccer: the captains shake hands showing good sportsmanship and depart, the goalkeepers, infielders and strikers wrap it up, and a multitude of fans in their jerseys all head out to the parking lot. As the lights dim people swarm out with sleepy kids in tow. They head out to find their vehicles and zoom off into the night.  Everyone in the little girl's family is ready to crawl into bed, curl up and happily drift off to sleep after experiencing such a wonderful exhilarating game of soccer.  

The artwork is bright, expressive and action-packed.  It expresses a diversity of people with plenty of movement and competition.  It is a perfect bedtime story for soccer fans everywhere.  The book would make a  great addition to a family book collection, a classroom, or a school library.  I highly recommend this book and this series.   




Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!









About the author





Michael Dahl is the prolific author of the bestselling Goodnight Baseball picture book and more than 200 other books for children and young adults. He has won the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award three times for his nonfiction, a Teacher’s Choice award from Learning magazine, and a Seal of Excellence from the Creative Child Awards. Dahl currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Illustrator




About the illustrator





Christina Forshay was born and raised in sunny California, where she lives with her amazing husband and the two cutest kids in the world! 
Of course, as a child she could be found drawing, coloring and admiring her grand collection of crayons.

Christina graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration in 2002. Since then, she has been proudly working as an illustrator for the children’s market. Seriously, what could be more fun?!?





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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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