Monday, July 24, 2017

"If My Moon Was Your Sun" - a bookwrap











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"If My Moon Was Your Sun"

Authored by Andreas Steinhöfel
Illusrated by Nele Palmtag

Ages: 8-12 years
Grade Level: 3-6


Unwrapping some wonderful illustrations

















































About the book




This beautifully written book will certainly tug at your heartstrings.  It oozes with love and acceptance and gives a child a glimpse of what it is like to have a beloved grandparent in his life who is experiencing dementia.  It highlights a very special relationship and strong bond of love between Max, who is nine years old, and his grandfather who is in their small town nursing home because unfortunately his memory is deteriorating.

Max takes it upon himself one day to skip school and to visit that nursing home with the intention of kidnapping his grandfather and spending the entire day with him just like old times, (if they are not apprehended of course).  Yes, you heard correctly,  Max wills to be his grandfather's liberator. 

He manages to free his grandfather (and another resident, Miss Schneider, who eagerly follows the duo out the door too).  He puts them safely on a bus and together they head to a very familiar summer meadow to relax and enjoy each other's company.  Grandfather loves to hum classical music such as Brahms, Schubert, and Mozart and he and Max revel in their love for each other throughout the time they spend there. 

The meadow is the first place that grandfather kissed his grandmother and it was there he proposed marriage to her.  Max and grandfather laze in the grass and chat away, while Miss Schneider dances in the sunlight, recalling her early days of being a dance instructor.   

Will Max and his entourage be discovered and will everyone be returned safely to the nursing home without incident?  Will he be in trouble for carrying out such a dastardly deed?  

This book is a perfect catalyst to start a conversation with your child about dementia.  Even though memories fade and are sometimes completely lost, the strong thread of love prevails forever in their loved ones' hearts. It includes a CD audiobook featuring classical music for children by George Bizet and Sergei Prokofiev.  I highly recommend this book be available in classrooms, libraries, and of course individual  homes.  The book adds a touch of humour to a very heartbreaking and very sad story regarding a person with Alzheimer's.  I highly recommend this book.  


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











About the author








Andreas Steinhöfel is an award-winning German writer of children’s books. He received the Erich Kästner Prize for Literature in 2009 and the German Children’s Literature Award in 2013. In addition to writing books for young readers, he also works as a translator, writes for television and radio, and edits graphic novels. Born in 1962 in Battenberg, Germany, he now lives in Berlin. Other books by Andreas Steinhöfel available in English are The Spaghetti Detectives, An Elk Dropped In, and The Center of the World.









About the illustrator








Nele Palmtag, born in Böblingen, Germany, in 1973, began a career as a state-certified occupational therapist before studying design, fashion, and illustration at the University of the Arts Bremen and at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. She illustrates her own picture books as well as those of other authors. Her own works have been translated into several languages. She lives with her family in Hamburg-Altona. 








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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Oogie's Rainy Day Adventure - a bookwrap









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Authored by Michael Weinberger
Illustrated by Steve Bonham

Grade Level: K-4
Series:  Oogie the Bear Books (Book 1)




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About the book...




Oogie is an adorable little bear cub who is obsessed with crackers and peanut butter.  It's his favourite snack of all time and every chance he gets he piles on the peanut butter and savours every last crumb.  Yum!  Life is good.

One day Oogie finds he is completely out of crackers.  His cravings for more lead him out on a blustery rainy day.  He heads to the local store to replenish his stock.  Unfortunately for him when he arrives at his destination the grocer informs him that there is no cracker delivery today because the baker did not make a delivery.  Oogie can't believe it.  He needs his P&C daily fix.   Did Oogie just give up and go back home sad and disheartened?  No way.  He gets going and is determined to get to the bottom of this inexcusable travesty.

He bundles up and off he goes back outside to the bakery.  Once inside the baker informs him she could not make anything because the supply truck didn't bring her any flour to do so.  This information just makes Oogie even more determined to uncover this mystery as to why he has no crackers to appease his gurgling, growling tummy.  

Next stop...  the delivery truck driver who tells Oogie that his van has a flat tire.  The truck is all loaded and ready to zoom but it cannot go because of the flat.  With rumbling sounds escalating louder from his tummy and the relentless rain pelting down even harder, Oogie heads outside once again.  He presses on through these challenges to go and and pay a visit to the mechanic.  His goal is to see if he has the needed tire in stock and if the tire can be transported back to the lifeless van.

 Oogie takes matters into his own paws and once the correct tire is located he, personally delivers it.  He corrects all the obstacles that are set before him and finally with everyone's co-operation gets his beloved crackers.   

Using his creative problem-solving skills and brute determination Oogie saves the day!   What a wonderful story of perseverance and never giving up.  

Every child can benefit from this positive message of working through problems and solving them all on their own.  I highly recommend this book.




Storywraps rating...  5 HUGS!!!!!







About the author...





Michael Weinberger graduated from University of Pacific after earning his undergraduate degree in Sports Medicine and then went on to the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic where he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1993 at the age of 25. He returned home to Las Vegas and operated a successful chiropractic office until the fall of 2000 when a severe arm injury forced him to step away from his chosen profession. It was during his recovery that he began writing. Michael enjoys writing, archery, martial arts, deep-sea fishing, movies and is a self-confessed "foodie." He lives in Las Vegas with his wife and two daughters where, when not otherwise engaged, he can usually be found shooting arrows into the garage from the custom archery bows he makes during his spare time.








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Friday, July 21, 2017

"Bicycling Rules of the Road" - a bookwrap!









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"Bicycling Rules of the Road"
The Adventures of Devin Van Dyke


Created by Kelly Pulley

Ages 5-8
Grade Level: K-3



Unwrapping some fabulous illustrations for you to enjoy...
































About the book...



Devin Van Dyke
If off on his bike,
He's wearing his helmet
 Knows all the rules right?


Sees Betsy LaBelle
Who smiles, gives a wave,
"Please give me a ride...:
Poor Devin, he caves.


Puts Betsy up front,
Her hair flowing free
Makes Devon's heart flutter
Even tho' he can't see.


They rescue a cat,
Then his basketball team, 
Bodies pile high
'Til its almost obscene. 


The last passenger added?
Is a goat.... holy cow!!!!
The goat hacks and coughs,
Devin's in trouble now.


A HUGE truck is coming
Full of wiggly worm bait,
Will Devin's bike hit it?
Will this be his fate?


Please remember the rules,
And obey every one,
Be safe on your bike,
Only then you'll have fun.  


The book's written in rhyme,
 Illustrations are great,
It's all about safety
Get a copy, don't wait. 


Storywraps Rating...  5 HUGS!!!!!









About the author/illustrator...







Kelly began his career in sportswear screen-printing, where he honed his skills as an illustrator creating imprints for clients such as: Disney, Warner Brothers, PAWS (Garfield), DC Comics, Adidas, Nike. 

In 1995, he moved to Tennessee to illustrate The Beginner's Bible series of books which included the best-selling, most recent edition of the Beginner's Bible.

Kelly now works from his Nashville, Tennessee home writing and illustrating children's books. His clients include: David C. Cook, Zonderkidz, Worthy-Ideals Publications, Lifeway, Wiley Publications.


Books authored/illustrated include: The Cycling Wangdoos (Gauthier Publ.) Food for a Fish (David C Cook), Good News of Great Joy (David C Cook), The Biggest and Toughest (David C Cook), Daniel for Lunch (David C Cook) and Treasury of Bible Stories (Rhythmical Rhymes from Biblical Times).





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