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"Sonya Sahni and the First Grade" - a bookwrap











With conversations about immigration bans and borders dominating our daily news cycle, questions about what it means to be "American" are never as important as now. This is most true for children, who are figuring out the social politics on a daily basis. All kids feel different, whether it's racial and religious differences or as simple as what clothes they are wearing. Tm Williams has created beautiful illustrations to help capture all the colors of our imagination. This book will serve as an invaluable resource for parents and teachers alike.




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"Sonya Sahni And The First Grade"
It's International Day!

Authored by Soma Mandal
Illustrated by Tim Williams

Ages 4-8


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About the book




This wonderful book is about a little Indian girl who was born in the USA and desperately wants to fit in and be like her friends... an American.  Her parents want her to embrace her heritage and celebrate their culture.  Sonya is torn between the two because she loves her parents dearly and wants to please them but when she gets to school she longs to be just like the other kids in her class.  Frustrated and bewildered she comes home to vent her feelings to her parents and finally just bursts into tears.

Her wise parents sensing the distress of their young daughter go to Sonya's school to express their concerns to her teacher and together they create a plan that might just remedy her dilemma.  They design an International Day for all the students to participate in so they can share their ethnicity to the others around them.  Will it work and perhaps not only touch Sonya's heart and heal it but touch the hearts of her friends at school too? 

This inspiring story will be a wonderful catalyst to spark conversations about family roots and customs.   Children can then appreciate their family origins and give them a deeper understanding of where they came from and who they are.  I highly recommend this book and feel it would benefit every classroom and library as it can open up dialogue about diversity and how we can celebrate the uniqueness of each other.  




Storywraps Rating ...  5 HUGS!!!!!









About the author




Soma Mandal was born to Indian immigrant parents and grew up in New York. She is a practicing internist in NJ. She has an American accent and loves pizza and restaurants that serve breakfast all day. She grew up in the 1980's and felt different from everyone else. She poured her heart into studying and became a hopeless bookworm. Her favorite place is the library, which she visits almost daily. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and family.









About the illustrator







After winning a nations scholarship competition, Tim Williams graduated from The Art Institute of Atlanta.  He spent time designing and illustrating billboards while employed by Ted Turner's company - Turner Advertising.  Tim started freelancing in 1984 and has since worked for ad agencies, corporations, magazines, publishers, and all 3 professional sports teams based in Atlanta.  Tim has won 7 competitive Addy Awards for his illustration work.  In recent years Tim has turned his talents towards illustrating children's books, working with both publishing firms and directly with authors.  To date he has illustrated over 50 children's books, while still working for a wide variety of clients. 









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

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


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"Pop Pop and Me and a Recipe" - a bookwrap










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"Pop Pop and Me and a Recipe"

Authored by Irene Smalls
Illustrated by Cathy Ann Johnson

Ages: 4-7
Grade Levels:  PS-2



Some fabulous illustrations to enjoy








































About the book



This book is sure to warm your heart.  It is an intimate cooking party between a grandfather and his beloved grandson.  Written in rhyme the words dance across the pages as the duo peel, beat, twisk, pound, scrape, bake and prepare the little guy's favourite Lemon Bar Cake. 

Grandfather is patience personified.  He smiles, hugs and encourages (even when spills occur) and bakes the special cake to perfection.  The book is a celebration of quality time spent together resulting in the fruits of their labour... biting into that delightful yummy dainty.  It boasts making a memory that will last forever in the little boy's mind and heart with his amazing Pop Pop. 

The water-based painted illustrations seem truly animated and they invite the reader to join in on the fun baking adventure.  The author brilliantly includes a recipe for the Lemon Bar Cake on the inside back cover.  I highly recommend this book. 




Storywraps Rating ...  5 HUGS!!!!!







About the author









Irene Smalls ' first children's book, Irene and the Big, Fine Nickel, was inspired by her fond memories of Harlem. Her second book, Jonathan and His Mommy, is a love song for her son. Louise's Gift tells the story of how an unappreciated gift changes a young girl's view of herself. Irene Jennie and the Christmas Masquerade: The Johnkankus is the tale of a slave girl's Christmas. Because You're Lucky, is a simple story of how families can change and grow in ways that they are lucky to discover.
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.
"As a former Miss Black New York State, Young Ambassador to Europe, and a student activist, I have had lots of jobs, ranging from a model, actress, and radio reporter to running my own business, establishing a networking group for business professionals, and working in government", says Irene Smalls. "But the job I really like is writing children's books. I write very simple stories about my children, my childhood. I grew up in Harlem in the 1950's. Back then, Harlem was a small, southern black community that just happened to be in the North. The dialect, the foods, the mores, and values were Southern. Harlem was a ghetto of softness and strength, a community of open doors and open hearts that loved its children.”







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

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


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Choosing for you today some great kid's books that just might tickle your fancy... check them out and enjoy!!!




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Board Book

Big Fish Little Fish by Jonathan Litton, illustrated by Fhiona Galloway

Ages: Birth-3

In this bubbly tale about how eels, hammerheads, tiddlers, and other sea creatures spend their day, fish-shaped cutouts helped hold the attention of our toddler testers. “My 18-month-old used the cutouts to turn the pages, and the story had a nice flow to it,” says one mom. Basic opposites (like slow and fast, sad and happy, and, of course, big and little) make this book relevant into preschool.



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Alphabet Book

TouchThinkLearn: ABC by Xavier Deneux 

Ages: 2-5

While the word choices for each letter are clever—U stands for universe—the design is what makes this book stand out. “The raised die-cut letters encourage toddlers and preschoolers to trace them with their fingers,” says Kate Simpson, who manages the children’s department of the Central Library in San Antonio. “Plus, simple styled images are incorporated into some of the letters themselves.”



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Bedtime Book

Goodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton

Ages: 3-6

Parents appreciated the calming, repetitive phrasing (like “ahhhh, yawn,” and “we’re too tired”) while kid reviewers related to the plot (all the animals are sleepy except Little Bear). “It’s the perfect length,” says one mom of a 4-year-old. “The book feels substantial, but you can finish it in ten minutes.” 




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Early Reader

The Cookie Fiasco by Mo Willems and Dan Santat

Ages: 4-7

A relatable problem (not having enough cookies to share), familiar faces (Willems’s Elephant & Piggie), and simple yet funny dialogue made this title the category’s runaway winner. Says one mom: “Seeing Elephant and Piggie again helped my boys, ages 4 and 6, transition to the new characters, and they were able to read most of the words themselves.”



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Picture-Book Sequel

Hedgehugs and the Hattiepillar by Steve Wilson and Lucy Tapper 

Ages: 3-7

In this sweet follow-up to Hedgehugs (a tale of two hedgehog friends who try to find a comfy way to hug despite their spikiness), the besties notice “a wriggly, stripy thing” under a leaf. Kids marveled over its transformation from caterpillar to butterfly—and how the pair of hedgehogs get into the act too.




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Picture Book

There’s a Giraffe in My Soup by Ross Burach

Ages: 3-7

Kids roared when they heard this silly story about a restaurant that mistakenly put zoo animals inside a boy’s bowl of soup. The kids’ favorite line was delivered by a waiter pushing a whale out of the bowl: “Errrhh…can’t he just eat around it?”


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Nonfiction Picture Book

Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton, illustrated by Don Tate 

Ages: 6+

This biography of Johnson, an African-American NASA scientist and the inventor of the Super Soaker, begins when he is in grade school. “The kids will love that he built rockets from scratch when he was their age,” says Betsy Bird, collections manager of the Evanston Public Library, in Illinois. Science-related vocab, like prototype, propulsion, and formulated, will lead to discussion beyond the story.



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Beginning-Chapter-Book Series

Inspector Flytrap by Tom Angleberger and Cece Bell 

Ages: 6-9

A Venus flytrap and a goat team up to solve “big deal” mysteries, like the case of Mimi Kiwi’s missing rose plant. Children raved about the cartoonish illustrations (some with comic-like thought bubbles) and the fact that most of the chapters are fewer than five pages.



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Big-Kid Chapter Book

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Ages: 8+
Plot twists and turns in this tale of a robot who washes up on an island inhabited only by animals kept kids in suspense. “You’d think one thing was going to happen, but then the opposite happened,” says a 9-year-old.



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Graphic Novel



Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier 


Ages: 8+


The story about sisters who are new to a seaside town offers more depth (one sibling has cystic fibrosis) and less spookiness than it would seem. Kids related to the family dynamics and picked up on the symbolism. No spoilers!








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

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


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"I Love My Purse" - a bookwrap






Hi, my name's Charlie.  I love my red purse.  I carry my purse because .... I want to!  




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"I Love My Purse"

Authored by Belle DeMont
Art by Sonja Wimmer

Ages: 4-7
Grade K-2



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Reviews:

“Delightfully inspiring.”
—Foreword Review, *starred review, 09/17

“With his polite determination not to conform to other people’s gender expectations, Charlie is the heart of this delightful story.”

—Quill & Quire, *starred review, 09/17





About the book




Charlie loves his bright red purse that his grandmother gave to him.   One day he decides to wear it to school.  Everyone around him questions his choice of a purse because after all boys don't have purses they wear baseball caps and sneakers, carry worms in their pockets and toads in their backpacks, ride skateboards and read comic books.   Charlie's answer is, " I love my purse." I'm carrying a purse, "Cause I want to." That answer is good enough for him because you see Charlie is a boy who is comfortable in his own skin, he likes himself, he is confident, knows what he wants and goes for it.  His has great self-esteem and it shows. 

His attitude and sense of self-worth inspires others around him to do the same.  They learn from Charlie that it is important to be who you are  - to be true to yourself.  His dad dons his favourite  Hawaiian shirt and off he goes to work, his friend Charlotte decides to paint her face like a tiger as she's very into face-painting, an older boy exhibits his culinary skills, and the crossing guard now twinkles in a pair of sparkly shoes that he adores and is happy to showcase to others.  

This fun book highlights gender roles, family and friends, self-esteem, and acceptance.  I love the fact that nobody in the story harshly judged Charlie or bullied him, but were inspired by him and in so doing were free to express the things that they loved to do. 

The illustrations are action-packed, detailed and very entertaining.  I highly recommend this debut book by the author.  


Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!














About the author








Belle DeMont grew up in a creative household in the salt-licked city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her love of the make-believe started with imaginary friends and quickly moved on to made-up stories. As with many people, math, science and grammar were not Belle’s strong suits, so from an early age she began looking for imaginative ways to complete her school assignments.
Belle attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where she received her BFA with a specialization in drawing. When asked to do a final paper for a writing class, Belle asked if she could instead write and illustrate a children’s story. The teacher happily agreed and this story eventually became her first children’s book, I Love My Purse (Fall 2017), published by Annick Press.
She then went on to complete a certificate in digital illustration at Montreal’s Concordia University. Her inspiration comes from sources ranging as widely as the joys of childhood, the history of her native province—and everything in between.

Belle happily spends most of her time making up stories and capturing them in drawings and words.





About the illustrator







Sonja Wimmer is an illustrator and storyteller from Germany. After studying and working for several years as a graphic designer in her hometown of Munich and in Brussels, she decided to pack her bags and move to Barcelona to study illustration at the Llotja Arts and Crafts School. Since then she’s never stopped painting and drawing for publishing houses and other clients around the world. Her work has won multiple awards including the 2012 International Latino Book Awards Second Place for Best Children’s Picture Book-English and the 2011 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Gold Medal for Best Illustrator.

Sonja eventually moved back to Germany where she now lives with her family near the German Alps between two rivers and surrounded by forests. 

She loves to draw at the seaside, in the mountains, or in a café, catching ideas in the song of the water, the glance of a passerby, or at the bottom of a cup of coffee. For Sonja, illustrating means the opportunity to bring a little light to people, to move them, and to make them laugh, reflect, and dream.






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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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"Trippin' Round the Mitten" - a musicwrap













EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

FROM ONE OF THE NATION'S TOP FAMILY ENTERTAINERS

THE INIMITABLE RANDY KAPLAN'S

"TRIPPIN' ROUND THE MITTEN"


Reviews

"Randy Kaplan is one of those happy-they-exist people you can't quite tell is playing kids' music.  And yet he is."  -New York magazine


"Offbeat, smart, and funny, funny, funny!" - Mindy Thomas, Sirius XM's Kids Place Live



INTRODUCING RANDY'S NEW ALBUM...





"Trippin' Round the Mitten"

Available at iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and at Randy Kaplan's live shows

For all ages and especially enjoyed by ages 5-12




ABOUT THE TALENTED ARTIST...




In his songs for children and their families, Randy Kaplan blends American Roots, Country Blues, and Comedic Storytelling. He finger-picks and strums his way through unpredictable live shows which, in addition to his original compositions, include Tin Pan Alley gems, Broadway numbers, and Delta Blues songs. “He doesn’t dumb it down for the kids… He just expects them to come along for the ride. And they do” (TIME OUT NEW YORK KIDS). As indebted to Maurice Sendak and Ogden Nash as he is to Woody Guthrie and Dave Van Ronk.  Randy started his kids’ music career in Park Slope, Brooklyn where he was a music teacher at Beansprouts preschool and where he sung twice weekly at Perch Cafe. He moved to the suburbs of Detroit two years ago and has already toured or "tripped" around the mitten-shaped state of Michigan many times.  

Randy studied philosophy, writing, and literature at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and at U.C.L.A. He then trained in acting, improvisation, and writing with Scott Bernstein in Los Angeles. Randy’s theater credits include Spring Awakening, Fifty Minutes, and The Fresca Wars. He has also acted in films and on television shows such as Beauty and the Beast, Growing Pains, and A Different World. As a singer and songwriter, he has toured throughout the U.S. and released nine CDs.

Randy’s poetry has been published by Ugly Duckling Press and he is the recipient of several ASCAP awards for his work. He never imagined that so many of his groupies would be under the age of nine!  Randy has released six family albums and eight albums for adults. He has received many prestigious awards and accolades for his work.  

A native of Dix Hill, Long Island, Randy has lived in New York, California, Kansas, and - as of June 2015 - Michigan.  









UNWRAPPING THE ALBUM FOR YOU


This is Randy's 6th not-JUST-for -kids album.  He adds hip-hop, pop, doo-wop, and punk into his fabulous variety of musical songs. Whether he sings, tells stories, or cracks jokes, the one thing that surfaces throughout is Randy's uncompromising respect for kids.

5-year old son Ryland gets into the act with background vocals and lead vocals on "Mommy Love Song." (a psychedelic ditty he wrote all by himself).  "Trippin' Round the Mitten" features the radio hit "On the Phone on the Toilet," which was released as an advance single and rose to #2 on the SiriusXM Kids Place Live "13 Under 13" chart, remaining there for 11 weeks. A second single from the record, "Mr. Spaceman," peaked at #1 on the chart, just to point out a few. 




"TRIPPIN' ROUND THE MITTEN" TRACK LIST


1. Honk Honk
2. Trippin' Round the Mitten
3. Beach Song
4. Supernude
5. Mr. Bassman
6. My Frigerator Broke
7. Sugar
8. Every Second Counts
9. Jungle
10. Comb Your Ears
11. Cat & Mice
12. Tongue Tied
13. The Komorns
14. Sleeping Dog
15. Mr. Spaceman
16. Bye Bye Baby
17. On the Phone on the Toilet
18. Mommy Love Song


Running Time:  58 minutes
Label:  Yellow Thing Records and Books



Visit Randy's website at www.randykaplan.com






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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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"Odd One Out" - a bookwrap








Ever feel you are not wanted or included?  You want so badly to be accepted and part of a friendship or group and you are shunned and shut out?  Today's book is all about being ...  odd one out.  Enjoy!





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"Odd One Out"

Authored by Danielle Chaperon
Illustrated by Iris

Ages:  4+
Grade Level:  PS +



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About the book



Back of the book...

"Annabelle and I were inseparable.  We were best friends and we did everything together.  That is until the horrible, terrible day when the new girl arrived.  Now she is Annabelle's best friend, and I'm the odd one out."

Clara used to be totally happy.  She has a family that loves her, a baby brother that is too small to bug her, a house big enough for the four of them to co-exist in harmony, and an amazing insect collection all her own.  She is blessed with a best friend, Annabelle,  who is everything you could ask for in a BFF and more.  They are like soul sisters.  

Then one day a new girl arrives at the school.  The teacher asks them to befriend her and Annabelle does... wholeheartedly.  It's a gesture that changes Clara's world completely... but not for the better... for the worse.  Oh my!!! 

Annabelle and the new girl play together at recess, walk side-by-side on the sidewalk and squish together on Annabelle's bike leaving poor Clara feeling shunned and abandoned.  She feels she is shrinking away and is frightened she may even become invisible as more and more she is left out in the cold by the two.  She secretly tries to concoct some diabolical plans to rid herself of this pesky intrusive new girl but finally concludes those ideas will not solve the problem that is consuming her.  She misses her best friend so much and wants her back in her life. 

Will Clara find a solution and finally be able to resume her lost relationship with Annabelle?  Is there room for maybe two best friends in her life?  Is that even a possible scenario to entertain? 

I love the illustrations. The emotion that Clara is feeling is perfectly depicted.  Clara learns a very valuable life lesson and works through her dilemma finally realizing that if you put jealousy and insecurity aside you can come out a winner, in this case with two best friends.  I loved the message and recommend this book.


Storywraps Rating- 5 HUGS!!!!







About the author/ illustrator




Danielle Chaperon is an author from Quebec. A storyteller from a young age, she learned to read from the back of children's cereal boxes, and later moved on to comics!


Iris is a graphic novel artist. Odd One Out is her first children's picture book.





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

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


Read on and read always!
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"I Love a Book" - a bookwrap













Some fun quotes about "lovin' books"
















Unwrapping today's featured book






"I Love a Book"

Authored by Joe Rhatigan
Illustrated by Olga and Aleksey Ivanov

Ages 3-5

Unwrapping some amazing illustrations



































About the book



This book is a celebratory party of books... books being the guests of honour.  It celebrates the gift of reading and stimulates imaginations as to where an engaging book can take you.  

A young boy cannot read enough books and from morning to night, by reading them, he experiences cows in a tree, a pirate ship without a crew, gum chewing sharks in a classroom, singing frogs high up on a cloud, alien bookcases and dinosaurs wearing shoes, just to highlight a few.  How exciting is that?  It's no wonder at the end of the day he is still in party mood and wants to keep on reading.  Everyone loves a great party right?

The book is written in rhyme and the illustrations are simply fantastic.  The vibrant colours and action-packed details just pop right off of the page into your psyche. Very very impressive indeed!  

The excitement of the little boy makes him unable to go to sleep because he is energized to read one more book (and another ...  and another!!).  His attitude towards reading is infectious and kids will want to join in his enthusiasm I'm sure.  This would be a perfect addition to a classroom, a library or a home setting. It will not disappoint, guaranteed.  I highly, highly recommend this book.



Storywraps Rating...  5 +++ HUGS!!!!!








About the author






Joe Rhatigan has authored more than fifteen books for children and adults, including Don't Unravel When You Travel and Out-of-This-World Astronomy. He has also produced several best-selling books and series, including 101 Places You Gotta See Before You're 12!, The Boo Boo Book, and the My Very Favorite Art Book series. Joe has been a poet, a teacher, a marketing manager, and a newspaper boy. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with his wife and three children.











About the illustrators










Olga and Aleksey Ivanov are renowned children's book illustrators and classically trained commercial artists from Russia. This talented husband-and-wife team immigrated to the United States in 2002 and have been in high demand ever since. In all, the two have illustrated over 70 children's books, three of which have sold more than 100,000 copies each.










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I put hours of work finding the best kid's books to review for you each day.  If you enjoy visiting Storywraps and would like to donate something for my time and effort I would greatly appreciate it.
Go to the bottom of my blog at the right hand corner (below my photo) and please donate what you feel lead to give.  The amount you donate and the frequency you donate is totally up to you.  I thank you in advance for your support.  I love what I do and appreciate any amount that you may give so I can make our community even better.  Thanks a million! 


Read on and read always!

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"I Give You My Heart" - a bookwrap





Unwrapping 




"I Give You My Heart"

Authored by Pimm van Hest
Illustrated by Sassafras De Bruyn

Ages 6+
Grade Level 1+




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About the book



Young Yuto, is always in tune with the world around him.  

"The sunlight tickled his eyelashes.
Yuto smiled but kept his eyes closed for just a while longer.
He opened his ears.
He listened." 


On his way to school he notices a little shop he has never seen before and a being curious boy he decides to enter in.  What he discovers inside changes his life forever.  He is given a gift by a small old man, a simple box, that when opened offers him many life lessons.  It provides Yuto with comfort, warmth and shelter all throughout his life.  It is very special and destined to be passed on from generation to generation. 

The illustrations are simply gorgeous and include laser cutouts that are stunning.  This poetic fairytale will touch the hearts of all who read it.  I highly recommend it. 



Storywraps Rating -  5 ++ HUGS!!!!!











About the author






Pimm van Hest (1975) was born in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. After having worked as a teacher for one year he started his studies "psychology" when he met his present partner. Soon it became clear they wanted to adopt a child. In 2007 their daughter Moira came into their lives. Moira's arrival was the inspiration for his first book.











About the illustrator









Ever since she was a little girl, Sassafras De Bruyn (1990, Belgium) knew she wanted to spend her life drawing. After high school that passion for drawing led her to Sint Lucas School of Arts in Antwerp. In 2013, she graduated as an illustrative designer and started working as an illustrator and graphic designer at the children's and youth theatre Kopergietery in Ghent. In addition, she illustrates different project and creates her own work. In 2015, her first picture book Cleo was published at Clavis Publishing; it was a dream come true. It got the ball rolling and now making books is part of her daily routine. Sassafras lives in Ghent and loves endless stories to hide away in, with warm colors and unlikely heroes. She has a weakness for old pictures, cats, tea, science fiction and Pippi Longstocking. sassafrasdebruyn.tumblr.com




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"Princess Pistachio and Maurice the Magnificent" - a bookwrap












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"Princess Pistachio and Maurice the Magnificent"

Created by Marie-Louise Gay

Ages: 5-8
Grades: 1-3



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About the book



This is the third book in the Princess Pistachio series.  It is a wonderful little chapter book with very endearing illustrations starring the Princess and her dog, Dog.  Yep, you heard me right, her dog's name is Dog.

Pistachio observes that Dog just sleeps and sleeps and sleeps and she finally comes to the conclusion that he must be bored and he needs to live his life with his eyes open, not closed. 

"Poor Dog. He needs adventure and excitement in his life."

 She volunteers to take him for a walk...  dog just rolls over.  She suggests they should play ball.  Dog grunts, sighs, snorts...  no he's not one bit interested. 

"Things have got to change around here, she thinks.  Dog will die of boredom."

Pistachio now has a mission.  She vows to get him engaged in something exciting and the sooner the better.  She offers him up as her Show-and-Tell mascot but that is a total flop.  Mr. Grumblebrain is not amused that she brought him to school and dumped him on his desk. 

"Get that hairy beast off of my desk!" yells Mr. Grumblebrain.  "NOW!" "
"Pistachio, her face as red as a tomato, stuffs Dog back in her schoolbag, and, head held high, walks to her desk.  She sits and stares straight ahead, wishing she were invisible. Or instantly transported to a desert island. Or both."

Oh my! Will Pistachio give it up? NO!!! NEVER!!! 

A few days later she spots a sign hanging in a bookstore window advertising an audition for a "talented, intelligent, beautiful dog."  Dog is the perfect candidate.  All the other dogs auditioning are super talented and of course Dog's claim to fame is ... well... sleeping.  As fate would have it that is exactly what the director of the play is looking for and Dog becomes an instant star.  

"We are looking for a dog to play Sleeping Beauty."
  Dog snores loudly 
"Brilliant!" says the director. "He's got the part!"

Pistachio gives him the stage name of Maurice (after her grandfather) the Magnificent and his career takes off.  With all the attention given to Maurice, Pistachio neglects her best friend Madeline.  Her BFF feels left out and abandoned.  Those hurtful feelings of being cast aside (because of a dog) causes Madeline to to do something quite unthinkable to regain her best friends companionship.  Will her dastardly deed work?

I truly loved the illustrations, especially adorable Princess Pistachio.  Gay's watercolour, and coloured-pencil work bring the text alive and is full of humour, detail and action.  The story is very well-written and has a plot that kids can identify with and enjoy tremendously.  I highly, highly recommend this book. 
  





Storywraps Rating -  5 +++ HUGS!!!!!








About the author/illustrator





Children's author and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay was born in Quebec City, Canada on June 17, 1952. While attending the Institute of Graphic Arts of Montreal, she decided graphic art was too restraining and transferred to the Montreal Museum School of Fine Art, where is majored in animation. She worked for various Canadian magazines doing editorial illustration and illustrated a children's book. In order to learn more about illustration, she attended the Academy of Art College in San Francisco for three years. She moved to Montreal, Canada and started illustrating children's books. In 1980, she decided to write and illustrate her own picture books. In 1984, she won the Canada Council Children's Literature Prize for illustration in both the English-language category for Lizzy's Lion and the French-language category for Drôle d'école. She won the Canadian Library Association Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon medal for Moonbeam on a Cat's Ear in 1987 and for Rainy Day Magic in 1988. The latter book also earned her the coveted Governor General's Award for illustration. She has also won the 2005 Vicky Metcalf Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Mr. Christie's Book Award, and the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award.





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"When a Wolf is Hungry" - a bookwrap







" A darkly humorous tale with a twist ending."



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"When a Wolf is Hungry"

Authored by Christine Naumann-Villemin
Illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo

Ages: 4-8 
Grade Level: PS-2



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About the book




It's Sunday morning and Edmond Bigsnout, a lone wolf living in a remote cabin in the woods, has an urgent craving for an urban rabbit.  His tummy is calling for a "grain-fed, silky-rabbit"... mmm... mmmmmm mighty tasty indeed! 

He grabs a long knife (that should do the job nicely he thinks), and he hops on his bike to fulfill his desire. He pedals into the local town and parks at an apartment building.  As luck has it there is a rabbit resident there named Max Omatose, miniature rabbit.  Oh it's going to be a great day!!! Bingo!!! Rabbit à la carte it shall be.

Edmond proceeds to the 5th floor where Max resides to carry out his dastardly deed.  On the way a resident mistakes him for a kind neighbour and asks to borrow his knife. Edmond may have treachery in his head but he has politeness in his heart.  Willingly he hands the knife over and back he goes home to retrieve a chainsaw...  "sliced rabbit is delicious, too!) he mumbles to himself.  The pattern is repeated with a rope, a big oversized pot, and his bbq.  Edmond just cannot say no to lending out his belongings and gaining the borrowers favour.  

The story has a happily ever-after ending for both Edmond and for Max thank goodness.  Each find happiness and longevity as they live out life together as friends in the same apartment building.  The book's message promotes gentility, friendship, acceptance, vegetarianism, and of course a sprinkling of romance.  I really loved it and I am sure your kids will too.  Once you share it kids will be hungry for re-reads again and again.  Bon appétit mes enfants!


Storywraps rating - 5++HUGS!!!!!








About the author







Christine Naumann-Villemin began her career as a speech therapist, inventing stories for her young patients. Today, Christine is a professor and librarian living in France. She tests her story ideas on her three children, cat, and hamster.










About the illustrator







Kris Di Giacomo is an American who has lived in Paris since childhood. She has illustrated over 25 picture books. A fluent French and English speaker, Di Giacomo considers pictures her third language and her most universal means of communication. The language gap is a theme Di Giacomo explores with Michaël Escoffier in Take Away The A. Kris divides her time between working on new books and meeting her readers at schools and book fairs throughout France.














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