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Hilarious Read-Aloud books - an infowrap







Hilarious Read-Aloud books - an infowrap





15 Read-Alouds That Will Make You Look Hilarious to Your Kids
by Iva-Marie Palmer



If you read aloud to your children, you’re halfway to getting a guffaw out of them! Add some wacky voices and dramatic pauses as you read these spectacularly giggle-worthy stories, and your little ones will think you’re the funniest grown-up around.
Here are 15 picture books to help you bring the funny to storytime during National Humor Month and beyond.

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Wordy Birdy

by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Dave Mottram





Inattentive and constantly yapping, Wordy Birdy is bound for peril when she sets off on a walk in the woods. Read this one at a fast clip to demonstrate Wordy’s never-ending monologue and you’re guaranteed some guffaws. Add in the attempts by her exasperated but faithful buddies Squirrel, Raccoon, and Rabbit to help her out of a jam and the laughs double (but a lesson is likewise imparted).






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Nannette's Baguette
by Mo Willems


This is far and away my favorite funny book that we’ve picked up in the past year. Nanette, sent for the first time to pick up a baguette at the bakery, can’t seem to get the warm, crispy loaf home intact. Anyone who’s ever suffered a carb craving will identify — and Nanette’s compulsive chomping is hilarious to boot. If you can master a proper “nom nom” noise, you’ll have to pause for the giggles to subside.




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Don't Blink!

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by David Roberts








The late and prolific Rosenthal left behind a treasure trove of children’s books, some with important lessons and others that are just plain fun. In this one, kids who can avoid getting to the end of this book can avoid bedtime: The challenge is giggle-worthy in itself. But the deal is, each time a kid blinks, a page must be turned. Up the laughs by exclaiming, “Don’t blink!” with a premium on urgency.





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The Book No Pictures

by B.J. Novak











When I asked my 7-year-old about the most hilarious books I’ve ever read him, within seconds he answered: The Book with No Pictures. The reason, of course, is that Novak builds in pages that — when read aloud — force the grown-up reading the book to be extra-silly. Fortunately, the book provides you with the exact cues you need to hear giggles, not groans.









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Stuck

by Oliver Jeffers






Ridiculously escalating actions are what make this picture book one of Jeffers’s funniest. When Floyd’s kite gets stuck in a tree, he tries to get it out with successively bigger and odder objects: each of which gets stuck itself. To get the best laughs, don’t ignore the clever little asides within some of the illustrations.






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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Ray Cruz





Schadenfreude is a big concept — and long word — for little kids to grasp, but there’s quite a bit of relatable delight in following Alexander’s miserable day. Written in 1972, Alexander’s complaints still hold up: discovering gum in the hair, getting a cavity, not being allowed to goof around at his dad’s office. To get the laugh, read this book in a petulant Why me? tone. (Try mimicking your kids at their whiniest — they might not know what inspired you, but you’ll surely give them the giggles). Later, though, you can talk about how sometimes it helps to reflect and find the funny in our own bad days.


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Where the Sidewalk Ends
by Shel Silverstein



Often outlandish and weird, and always imaginative, Shel Silverstein’s poems often appeal to the absurdist sensibilities of every child. Whether crocodiles are going to the dentist or Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout won’t take the garbage out, the poems in this collection are ideal for striking a silly note.




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Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet

by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated Bob Shea


A woe-is-me goldfish, Gilbert, knows he should be happy with all that he has: a castle, a treasure chest, and food that falls from above! But he wants a pet. Read this one with increasing exasperation at the search for a pet that’s right for Gilbert and let Shea’s vibrant illustrations do the rest to bring the funny.





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Pig the Pug
by Aaron Blabey




If you can look into the face of Blabey’s Pig the Pug and not laugh, you are made of some extreme anti-comic mettle. Before you even read a word, kids (and you) will likely be giggling at Pig’s bulging eyes and smushy face. Then, the rhyming tale of Pig’s greedy, rude exploits kicks in. But not to worry, there’s a lesson after the laughs.




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My Pillow Keeps Moving
by Laura Gehl, illustrated by Christopher Weyant



The joke’s on you in this one — or, really, grown-ups in general. In other words, the kid laughs are guaranteed. Though this book has few words, charming illustrations by New Yorker cartoonist Weyant speak for themselves as a clever pup without a home finds its way into the house of an unsuspecting grown-up. Then a cat follows, and the two animals must use all their tricks and disguises to keep the human from noticing that they’ve moved in. To maximize the laughs, add a few sly dog noises to your reading.






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Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) 

by Julie Falatko, illustrated by Tim J. Miller



While we try to encourage following the rules, breaking them can very often lead to fun results in storytelling. In this book, Snappsy is just going about his day when a narrator decides his life could be a little more … eventful. As the narrator makes up new truths about what Snappsy’s doing, the tension escalates — and so do the laughs.





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There's a Monster in Your Book

by Tom Fletcher







Granted, most days at bedtime, we want to convince our kids there’s NOT a monster in their room. But in this interactive book, kids have to shake, wiggle, and tickle to get the monster to emerge. Children are sure to crack up, but the added bonus is kiddos will be extra-tired by the last page.







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Battle Bunny

by John Scieszka and Mac Barnett, illustrated by Matt Myers




Hilarious authors Scieszka and Barnett teaming up means double the laughs, especially with all this book has in store. When Alex’s grandma gives him a super sappy book she found at a garage sale, he’s not interested — until he realizes that its protagonist, Birthday Bunny, could be rewritten as “Battle Bunny”! As Alex adds layers (and doodles) to the storybook, young readers’ laughs will mingle with cries of “I can’t believe he did that!”





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The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z

by Steve Martin, illustrated by Roz Chast



If you want comedy done right … get a comedian to write a kid’s book? Well, yeah. Martin, known for his kooky routines, tackles the alphabet with wacky couplets for each letter. Odd, alliterative, and sometimes even a little gross (basically, perfect for kids), each one is illustrated by renowned cartoonist Chast.





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Rhyme Crime

by Jon Burgerman






This rhyming romp has a sweet conceit: A robber keeps stealing a word or two and replacing the missing bits with something that rhymes. The switcheroos make for a rollicking adventure until the robber is stumped when he steals the word “orange.” Kids will have to take a deep breath and quell their giggles as they solve the mystery of the disappearing objects. Read this like you’re narrating a suspense movie and you’re guaranteed to snag all the laughs.




Which picture book read-alouds never fail to get your kids laughing? Let us know in the comments below!





About the guest reviewer



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Iva-Marie Palmer
Iva-Marie Palmer lives with her family in a book-laden house just outside Los Angeles. She is the author of two YA novels, The End of the World As We Know It and The Summers. She doesn't need to write a letter of advice to her 9-year-old self because that 9-year-old had already discovered the works of Judy Blume.



I hope you found this post helpful.  The delight of reading and laughter just go together perfectly.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone.  Read to your bunnies and enjoy the quality time shared around the books.  Thank you for a very successful week on Storywraps.  My numbers are growing weekly here on my blog and I am ever grateful for those who drop by to visit.  Have an extraordinary weekend and a wonderful Happy Father's Day to those who qualify. 💙💙💙  Please come back again on Monday. You are always welcome to be part of the Storywraps Community.  Blessings. 






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"Sing to the Moon" - a bookwrap











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Authored by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl 
Illustrated by Sandra van Doorn


* Age Range:  4-7
* Grade Level: 1-2
* Publisher: Lantana Pub
* Publishing date:  October 1, 2018
* Language: English 



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About the book





This is a lovely tender rhyming book to share with a child at bedtime or anytime.  Often in our busy world we don't know how to spend our time on a rainy day when we have no choice but to hunker down and have to remain inside.  This book is inspiring as it passes on the almost forgotten traditional of spending quality time together ...  face-to-face (not on FaceTime) while the rain relentlessly pelts down outside our window! 

A dreary rainy day has landed in Uganda and a grandfather (Jjajja) and his beloved grandson spend the cloistered day enjoying each other's company. 

"If I had one wish, I would reach the stars, then ride a supernova straight to Mars!"
"Jjajja tells me, "Sing to the moon," and perhaps my wish will be granted soon." 

Jjajja tells intriguing stories of his childhood friends, receives help cleaning up around home, and together they prepare a nutritious fish stew to enjoy at dinner.  The two experience night adventures together by reading books about bold kings and crooks by candlelight.  After the rain has subsided they wander outside under the stars "where the night croons." Cuddling together ...

"Jjajja reminds me that I'm always loved... by even the brightest of stars up above."

At bedtime Jjajja says goodnight, plants a kiss, and his last words spoken quietly are... "Sing to the moon." 

The illustrations are whimsical and magical which I love and the colour pallet is soothing and calm.  I recommend this book. 





Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!







About the author








  Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl was born in the United States to Ugandan parents. For more than ten years, she has worked in international development in East and Southern Africa.










Meet the illustrator








Sandra van Doors was born in France and now lives in Australia.  She studied at Emily Carr University in Vancouver before embarking on her career as a children’s illustrator. 













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" Astromouse" - a bookwrap





 Meet Steve Smallman, the author of today's book. Although this is  one of his earlier books you will get a flavour of this talented author touting his amazing creativity and wit as he reads aloud to his listeners.  










Unwrapping today's featured book 







"Astromouse"
Authored and illustrated by Steve Smallman



* Age Range: 4-6
* Grade Level: PS-1
* Series: Storytime
*Publsiher: QEB Publishing 
* Publishing Date: June 21, 2018



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About the book





This delightful book with its expressive and animated illustrations also contains some wonderful life lessons.  
  
Pip, an adorable little mouse, and his mum, are out one night moon-gazing and Pip thinks he spots a mouse on its surface.  He points this sighting out to his mum (who cannot see it for the life of her)  and she responds to her beloved child by saying:

"I'm not surprised",  she added
"People say that the moon is made of cheese."

"STINKY cheese?!" gasped Pip.

Stinky cheese was his favourite meal - ideally with biscuit crumbs on top! "

 Immediately Pip's interest and imagination are ignited by her response and he longs to travel to the moon to sample and nibble stinky cheese to his heart's content.  To excited to sleep he makes his way to the top of Windy Hill where the moon is shining big and bright. It seems properly positioned for Pip to break off a little chunk and enjoy a chomp of... mmmmm... stinky cheese.  All his efforts to jump up and down, and as high as he can to reach it comes to naught. 

The next morning he discusses his failed attempt at a moon landing with his mum. She tells him to travel though space he would have to become an astronaut and fly in a rocket ship.  Little Pip then transforms himself into .... ATROMOUSE!!!  He makes a  rocket ship out of an old funnel, some sticky tape and cardboard.  There,  that should do it. He is ready to blast off! 

Unfortunately things don't go as planned and he crash lands with a bang and a thump and his rocket ship implodes.  Oh my! Will Pip give up his dream of being the first mouse astronaut to reach that far away moon and see if it truly made of stinky cheese?  

 Something happens to give Pip a change of heart about going to live there.  I wonder what?   For now he seems content to live in his own cozy home with his sweet mum who loves him dearly. Astromouse launches himself and leaps into her open arms to seal the deal with a hug and I'm sure a kiss.  Kids will love this story.  I highly recommend it. 




Storywraps Rating - 5+++ HUGS!!!!!








About the author/illustrator








Steve Smallman has been working as an artist and illustrator for many years, and has created many successful childrens books as well as original visuals for children’s television. He lives with his family in Lichfield in the English midlands and is especially skilful at animal illustration





In His Own Words




I've always loved to draw. I used to spend hours as a child copying cartoons from comic books or pictures of animals from encyclopaedias. I remember when I was about 10, painting a picture of a man fishing and being so engrossed in it that I didn't notice that the house was on fire! 
At one point I thought that I might like to be zookeeper so that I could work with the animals all day and draw them in my lunch break. When I was 17 my careers teacher at school suggested that I might like to be an artist instead. I could still draw and paint the animals but I wouldn't have to shovel any poo! It was a moment of revelation to me. It had never occurred to me before that you could get paid for something that you did as a hobby!

I decided to go to art college (Cambridge College of Art and Technology) where one of my tutors was  the brilliant Colin McNaughton who inspired me to become a children's book illustrator. I was lucky enough to be commissioned to illustrate my first 4 books while I was still at college and over the next twenty years did illustrations for books, comics, magazines, licensed products and  for television programmes; most notably 'The Raggy Dolls' (ask your Mum!) 



Then I decided to have a go at writing. I'd written a few very short reading scheme stories as part of an illustration project. They had gone down well so I tried my hand at writing a picture book.
It was called, 'The Lamb Who Came To Dinner' which was published by Little Tiger Press in 2006 and was shortlisted for The Red House Book Awards, Commended in the Sheffield Children's Book Awards, translated into several different languages, turned into a theatre play in Sweden and read on TV by Meatloaf.  I've now written over 50 books with more on the way. 



Nowadays I  spend a lot of time  visiting schools, libraries and festivals. I love reading my stories and drawing pictures to a live audience. I also paint murals in schools, libraries and homes (even dog's homes).
I am so lucky that I get to do all these fun things, call it my 'work' and get paid for it too! It certainly doesn't feel like a 'proper job'.

I've been married since 1980 to my wonderful wife Ann who deserves a medal for putting up with me for so long. We have 4 great children who are all grown up now but my memories of them growing up inspire and inform my writing as do our 7 adorable, energetic, hilarious and exhausting grandchildren. 








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"Harriet Tubman" - a bookwrap






Today's book is about Harriet Tubman... a real life heroine.  Her superpowers were a deep, deep love for her people and an unbreakable will and determination to set them free from slavery.  






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Harriet Tubman
Little People, Big Dreams Series


* Age Range: 5-8 years
* Grade Level: PS-1
* Series: Little People, Big Dreams
* Hardcover/ 32 pages
* Publisher: Lincoln Children's Books




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About the book




"Little People, Big Dreams" is an empowering series that highlights and celebrates the lives of ordinary women who rose up and made extraordinary contributions to the world.  Each book homes a powerful message and inspires the next generation of girls to do the same. 

This book documents the true, incredible life of Harriet Tubman.   She was born into slavery in Maryland in 1820.  She worked for her white masters from dawn to dusk.  She always stood up for herself and the others around her.  When she was grown she escaped her miserable life and headed North to freedom.  She then became the most famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad.  

 Brave and courageous Harriet risked her life time and time again returning to free her family members and hundreds of other slaves from plantations on this hushed and secret network of safe houses.  

She worked for the army when the Civil War broke out, first as a cook, but soon became a nurse and a spy too!  

When the war ended she dedicated her life to helping struggling impoverished former slaves and with the elderly.  In honour of her life, in 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department placed Harriet Tubman on the centre of the new $20 bill, a replacement for Andrew Jackson.  She was rightly acknowledged and honoured by such a wonderful gesture.  

The illustrations are colourful and enrich the text greatly.  The author includes a more detailed biography of Harriet at the end of the book for older readers.  This whole series, "Little People, Big Dreams" is very inspirational and powerful. It allows wonderful role models of influential women for children of all ages to access.  I highly recommend this book. 





Storywraps Rating -  5+++ HUGS!!!!!












About the author





Mª ISABEL SÃNCHEZ VERGARA, born in Barcelona, Spain, is a writer and creative director in constant search of new concepts for children's books. Working for more than fifteen years for clients in top advertising agencies, her books combine creativity with learning, aiming to establish a new and fresh relationship between children and pop culture. 






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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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"Bee Still"- a bookwrap









Here's the buzz on today's book... enjoy!!


Unwrapping 






"Bee Still": An Invitation to Meditation 


by Frank J. Sileo, PhD,  (Author) 
Claire Keay (Illustrator)



* Age Range: 4-8
Grade Level:  PS-3
* Publisher: Magination Press
* Publishing Date: August 13, 2018




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Editorial Reviews 




“Bee Still introduces meditation practice to children. Beautifully written and illustrated, I think any reader will fall in love with this gem of a book. I know I did. “—Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Love

“Bee Still is a wonderful, much-needed introduction to meditation for kids.  In a world where we are all feeling the pressure to go-go-go, Dr. Sileo masterfully guides us to consider instead slowing down and pausing, providing clear, simple tools to connect with our breath and quiet our minds.  What a different world it could be if we all listened to his sage advice!” —Lawrence Rosen, MD, RYT, Pediatrician and Founder of The Whole Child Center

“Dr. Frank Sileo’s newest book, Bee Still, is more than charming, it’s important. In a world of digital overload, the biggest gift we can give our children is to teach them how to take five minutes and just be. Read this together and be enchanted, enlightened, and embraced by Bentley Bee and his posse of friends.” —Stefani Deoul, television producer and author of the award-winning Sid Rubin Silicon Alley Adventures




About the book




This delightful rhyming book has a message of calm and serenity to pass onto today's overbusy child.  Bentley, an adorable honeybee, lives in a hive that is tucked in a tall oak tree.  It is crowded, busy and noisy inside with no wing-room or place to stop and rest.  One day the Queen Bee orders the swarm to get busy and...

"This sent them scrambling in a tizzy."  All except Bentley who took a totally different path.  "He chose to be patient and wait. He decided to look for a place to meditate." 

Bentley flies to the shelter of the garden and selects a beautiful  bright daffodil to be his landing pad.  Once settled on the petals he closes his eyes and rests his feet.  He then begins to drain his mind from all his stress and worry and searches for inner peace within.  

The other forest animals are curious and wonder what Bentley is doing.  He explains that he is meditating and quieting his mind.   They too want to join in and learn how to relax and be calm.  Everyone sits down, breaths in deeply and focuses on letting go of their negative emotions and thoughts. They learn how to find peace and tranquility within themselves just like their friend Bentley. 

This book includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers with more ideas to help with the introduction of meditation in a child's life.  The illustrations are spot on and well done and they greatly enrich the positive message of the book.  I highly recommend it.




Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!








About the author






Frank J. Sileo, PhD, is a New Jersey licensed psychologist and the founder and executive director of the Center for Psychological Enhancement in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He received his doctorate from Fordham University in New York City.
In his practice, Dr. Sileo works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Since 2010, he has been consistently recognized as one of New Jersey’s top kids’ doctors.

He has authored several children’s books including: A World of Pausabilities: An Exercise in Mindfulness, Did You Hear?: A Story About Gossip, Bug Bites and Campfires: A Story for Kids About Homesickness, and Sally Sore Loser: A Story About Winning and Losing, which is the Gold Medal recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award.





Meet the Illustrator 





I have worked for many years as a children's book illustrator and always had a big addiction for stationery, I am now combining my passions with Sherbet Lane!
I live with my two teenage sons in Rayleigh, an ancient market town in Essex in the UK, working from my little studio at home. When not painting or drawing you can find me pottering about in my garden or out on long country rambles with my walking buddies.

I love creating all of these stationery goodies and am really enjoying the SherbetBox community it has created - I have a lovely bunch of people subscribing to the box who love to chat stationery and help me with new ideas for themes.




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"Who's Bum?" - a bookwrap









This book is not a bummer... well...mmmm... yes it is!  It's all about bums (everyone has one) and how the author has made a guessing game that will make the who's-who pages in newspapers and magazines. It just might crack you up.  "Who's Bum?" is a fun, fun book that will delight young readers guaranteed!!!




Unwrapping 






Authored and Illustrated by Chris Tougas



*Board Book: 24 pages
*Ages: 0-3
*Grade Levels: PS-K
*Publisher: Orca Book Publishers 
*Publishing Date: Sept. 18, 2018




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About the book




This interactive and fun board book will have kids guessing, giggling and going for more...  A diverse parade of critters show off their tushies and the reader has to guess who those derriéres belong to.  What little one would not love that game?  That subject matter is always an instant hit with that age group. 

The illustrations are large, simple and oh so vibrantly coloured.  This hint-and-reveal book will not leave wee ones bummed out but quite the opposite. They will be excited to turn the page and discover whose bottom is next up to discern.  I love everything about this sweet book and I highly recommend it.  Both grown-ups and kids will come away smiling after reading this book together I'm sure. 


Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!







Introducing the author/ illustrator









Chris Tougas is an award-winning author and illustrator of several picture books, including Dojo Daycare (Owlkids, 2014) and Mechanimals (Orca, 2007). He has worked as a character designer and concept developer for such studios as Disney, Fox, The Jim Henson Company, Warner Brothers, Sesame Workshop and many others. Chris lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.christougas.com.









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"Oh the places you'll go" - a fun infowrap














Summer is fast approaching and people will be travelling world-wide vacationing in many different countries.  Here are a few fun places you might check out that are themed by the love of books.  They are so interesting and fun. Enjoy!  







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I hope you enjoyed the amazing tour and if you get to chance to visit any of these places in the near future please come back and tell us all about it on Storywraps.  We would love to hear you share your adventure.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone and I'll see you back here on Monday!  Cheers!  💚💚




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"Hector's Favorite Place" - a bookwrap













Quotes about overcoming fear






















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"Hector' Favorite Place"
by Jo Rooks


*Age Range: 4-8
*Grade Level: 1-2
*Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Magination Press (August 13, 2018)



Some fantastic illustrations to enjoy
(isn't Hector just the cutest thing?) 



















































About the book





First of all let me say I love the little character Hector.  He is just a darling little hedgehog.  Hector prefers to stay in his comfy home doing all the things he loves: reading books quietly, playing his piano softly, painting lovely abstracts on canvas, and of course, eating the delicious meals that he himself prepares.  Inside his home he feels safe and cozy and has no trouble whatsoever  keeping himself busy.  

When he gets offers to go out and join his friends for a walk in the forest on the first snowy day, or skate on the frozen pond, that's when worry starts nibbling at him.  At first he's excited and wants to go but then he starts thinks about all the negative "what if"s" if he leaves his home, and then sadly his anxieties totally take over and Hector declines the invitations.   

Then one day Hector has a Eureka moment.  He acknowledges that his worries are holding him back from enjoying his life to the fullest and he's missing out on many adventures and opportunities for fun that are offered to him.  

He bravely accepts an invitation to the Winter Forest Party and in so doing his life drastically changes for the better.  The beautiful, vibrantly coloured illustrations are full of emotion and heart and perfectly tie in with the message of facing down fears and moving forward with your life in a positive manner.  The book includes a portion for adults with tips to help children manage their worries and with support overcome them.  I highly recommend this book.  


Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!








About the author/illustrator











Jo Rooks is an illustrator, author and graphic designer living in leafy South West London with her husband and two children. Jo studied at Bath School of Art and Design and pursued a career in graphic design for music. When Jo had her two children, she began to rediscover her love of art, poetry, and creative writing for children. She is passionate about reading with children and hopes to bring lovable characters and meaningful messages in her story books.









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"Jump In The Puddles" - a musicwrap




STEVE ELCI & FRIENDS MAKE A BIG SPLASH WITH THEIR FOURTH ALBUM

"JUMP IN THE PUDDLES"

IRRESISTIBLE AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC FOR EVERYONE


"Steve Elci writes and performs music for kids - up there with Raffi, Laurie Berkner, Trout Fishing in America, Dan Zanes and They Might Be Giants... the lyrics and images are so buoyantly hooky that they appeal just as much to the older folks as the youngsters."  
-Rick Koster, The Day



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Album title:  "Jump in the Puddles"

Available a iTunes, CDBaby and Steve Elci & Friends shows

Release Date:  July 13, 2018





With over a decade of performing for kids and families and lots of awards, independent singer/songwriter Steve Elci is pleased to offer  the fourth Steve Elci & Friends album, "JUMP IN THE PUDDLES", set for release July 13, 2018.

The album is a celebration of the traditional sounds of American roots music from the nation's heartland.  It is filled with irresistible tunes that are bursting at the seams with wide-eyed, joyful enthusiasm and crackling with a refined sense of style and good taste.  This is an album to bring kids and families together for a bit of singing, dancing, clapping, and, of course jumping! 

Reinforcing ideas of the simple pleasures of life, "Jump in the Puddles" weave a musical fabric that includes varicoloured threads spun from a find sampling of Americana - 60s music, 12-bar blues, country, and more - in performances of exceptionally high quality by singers and players who display a thorough understanding of the medium and a total mastery of their art, produced by a team that knows how to deliver.  

When recording the album, Steve Elci's mom developed cancer, leading to her untimely death and putting the brakes on production of the album for many months. After taking time for healing and a good deal of soul searching, Steve came to realize that his mother, his biggest music supporter, would want nothing more than for him to continue working on his recordings. Her passing inspired him to resume the project with a deeper commitment to reach for the stars. Jump in the Puddles was finally wrapped up after eighteen months and bears a dedication in loving memory to Mary Elci.









About Steve









Charisma, leadership and compassion best describe Steve Elci.  A musician and activist for 35 years, Steve's love for catchy hooks and his soaring vocal style have won acclaim from fans and critics alike, including an Emmy nomination for his 2013 - 2014 children's web series, Kidsploration.   Steve is just as thrilled to entertain local fans in Connecticut as he is when performing as far afield as Franklin, Tennessee's Pilgrimage Festival, where last year he shared the bill with Justin Timberlake and Eddie Vedder. 








 In His Own Words

"I realized I loved these songs and writing kids' music.  It might have started as an accident - entertain the boys with songs.  Because, I thought I was a punk rocker for life, right?  But I went out and performed my kids' songs and felt happy and fulfilled as a musician and a writer - and it's been working ever since!"









Jump in the Puddle Track List
Run Time: 28 minutes


*Jump In The Puddles
*Teddy Bear
*Supersonic
*Balloons
*Shine On
*Bumblebee
*Baby Get Up
*Hello Song
*This Three Chord Song
*Trampoline


Visit the Steve Elci & Friends website at steveelciandfriends.com.  Find Steve Elci on Facebook at:  www.facebook.com/steveelciandfriends.








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"Watermelon Madness" - a bookwrap











Watermelon


I looked around
And no one was there 
Peeked at my mother, 
She wasn't aware.
So I ate the watermelon
Like a bear.

A second slice,
Did I dare?
I looked again, 
Still none here.
So I ate the watermelon
Like a bear.

I was still hungry,
That was rare.
My mother called,
I didn't care.
So I ate the watermelon
Like a bear.

Now I'm done,
The skin lays bare
Answered my mother
"I'm right here!"
But why did I eat the watermelon
Like a bear?

-Sanjali




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About the book



Noura is a watermelon addict. Morning, noon and night all she wants to eat is a large chunk of that awesome juicy red fruit.  She refuses all other foods, no way, it's only watermelon for her.  Her distraught parents try to encourage her to try other foods but stubborn Noura refuses.  It's exclusively watermelon on her menu or else.  Finally she  throws a tantrum at the dinner table after another struggle of trying to get her to eat molokhiya, chicken and rice.  Mama has had it and gets angry.  She tells her daughter firmly that she must eat her molokhiya first then she can have her beloved watermelon.  

That evening Noura sneaks into the kitchen and low and behold what does she find on the table?  Yes... a big, beautiful watermelon and she wants to eat it all by herself?  She sneaks the watermelon and rolls it under her bed to eat later when everyone is asleep and she can dine solo in perfect bliss.

Can Noura manage to pull off this watermelon caper?  What will happen to her if she manages to eat the whole thing all by herself?  What consequences of her devious deed just might turn her towards other wholesome foods to eat and save delicious watermelon for dessert purposes as Mama suggests?

Noura learns a wonderful life lesson about being a picky eater and not wanting to branch out and sample different foods.  The foods in the story are from the Middle East culture so that is fun for kids to learn about.  The book was originally published in Arabic and in the back are fun facts about watermelons.  "Watermelon Madness"  is a great pick to introduce kids to another culture and will be an asset in a classroom or elementary school library.  



Storywrap Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!





About the author






Taghreed Najjar تغريد النجار is the founder of Al Salwa Publishing House. She is a well known writer of children picture books and teen books. Many of her books have been adopted as supplementary readers by schools in the region.
Taghreed enjoys visiting schools for “meet the author” events and for story reading sessions of her latest books. She says, “It is an exhilarating experience interacting with my readers. I feel truly privileged to be a part of their childhood memories through my books.” 
She is the author of over 50 Arabic children books. Some of her titles have been translated and published in English,Swedish and Turkish.
Taghreed has travelled to many parts of the world to read her stories but now resides in Amman, Jordan with her family where she continues to write.
تعدّ تغريد النجار من رواد أدب الأطفال الحديث في الأردن. تخرجت من الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت عام 1973، وحصلت على بكالوريس أدب انجليزي ودبلوم في التربية والتعليم وتخصصت فرعيا بعلم النفس. تكتب تغريد قصصًا مصورة موجهة إلى الفئة العمريّة الأولى 3+. وقد بدأت مؤخّرًا بكتابة روايات لليافعين، لاقت نجاحًا كبيرًا، واحتفى بها قرّاؤها على نطاق واسع، كما تم اعتمادها في المدارس كجزء من مناهجها الدراسية. تُرجم العديد من أعمالها إلى لغات أجنبية كالإنجليزية والسويدية والتركية. وقد فازت بعض كتبها بجوائز مهمة وأُدرج بعضها الآخر على اللوائح القصيرة لجوائز إقليمية



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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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