Tuesday, December 12, 2017

"Carlos the Chameleon" - a bookwrap










Do you know what and who this is?  This is a chameleon and his name is Carlos.   This is his story, an important one, that he wants to share with you today.  







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Carlos the Chameleon: A Story to Help Empower Children to Be Themselves (Truth & Tails Children's Books) 

by Alice Reeves (Author), Phoebe Kirk (Illustrator)

Launches on March 21, 2018






Monday, December 11, 2017

"What's My Superpower?" - a bookwrap









  Come on everyone get your superpower on.  You don't have one?  Noooooo way.... everyone has a superpower hidden deep inside of them.  You just have to discover it and turn it on.  

Enjoy today's delightful book narrated by a spunky little Inuit girl named Nalvana.  I know you will.  Hey maybe that's your superpower... reading and enjoying great kid's books!  Mine is sharing those wonderful books with my friends here on Storywraps!  I can make my reviews fly all over the world!  Now that's powerful!  (with a little help from my computer side-kick of course!)  💜




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Authored by Aviaq Johnston
Illustrated by Tim Mack

Ages:  3-5
Grade Levels:  PS-K



Great Illustrations to peek at























About the book




Nelvana is a sweet, feisty young girl who lives in a small village in the Arctic with her mother.  Every day she dons her cape and some rustic snowmobiling goggles and transforms into a super hero.  But wait... superheroes have magical powers don't they?  Nelvana can't pinpoint what power she possesses. What's hers she ponders? 

She envies her friends Davidee who "can run faster than a Ski-Doo, Maata who swings so high she can almost fly up to the the sky and Adamie who can hold his breath underwater longer than anyone else, just to name a few.   Poor Nelvana she longs to have a superpower all her own. Does she even possess one she wonders?  She becomes frustrated and despondent trying to search for the magic inside of her ... what is her special power?  

Finally, in tears, she crawls up on her loving Mother's lap who tells her daughter she thinks she knows exactly what Nelvana needs to hear.  "Your superpower is making people feel good about themelves." It is her unique and special power that was right before her all along.  Contented at long last Nalvana smiles and responds, "I think that's a good superpower to have. "  

The illustrations are simply wonderful.  They are full of action, emotion and very kid-friendly.  The author has included a small Inuktitut Glossary at the back for the readers consisting of four words.  I love that the hero is a girl touting imagination, spunk and  especially kindness to all her friends.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would heartily recommend it. 


Storywraps Rating  -  5+++ HUGS!!!!!








About the author








Aviaq Johnston is a young Inuk author from Igloolik, Nunavut.  Her debut novel "Those Who Run the Sky" was released in the spring of 2017 and was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award.  In 2014, she won first place in th Aboriginal Arts and Stories competition for her short story "Tarnikuluk," which also earned her a Governor General's History Award.  Aviaq is a graduate of Nunavut Sivuniksavut, and she has a diploma in Social Service Work from Canadore College. Aviaq loves to travel and has lived in Australia and Vietnam.  She spends most of her time reading, writing, studying, and procrastinating.  She goes back and forth between Iqualuit, Nunavut, and Ottawa Ontario.  






Introducing the illustrator








Tim Mack cannot fly, run super fast, or swim like a fish, so instead he draws those things.  Tim is a Canadian-born illustrator living in Vancouver, British Columbia. He enjoys playing with colours and shapes and never misses an opportunity to swim in the ocean, though he still wishes he could swim well as a fish.













Inhabit Media Inc. is an Inuit-owned publishing company that aims to promote and preserve the stories, knowledge, and talent of northern Canada.  Our mandate is to promote research in Inuit mythology and the traditional Inuit knowledge of Nunavummiut (residents of Nunavut). Our authors, storytellers, and artists bring this knowledge to life in a way that is accessible to readers in both northern and southern Canada.  As the first independent publishing company in Nunavut, we hope to bring Arctic stories and wisdom to the world. 








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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Fabulous Christmas Books - bookwraps to delight (Part 2)





Unwrapping more amazing Christmas books today from




(penguinrandomhouse.com) 



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Merry Christmas, Peanut!
By TERRY BORDER
Illustrated by TERRY BORDER





Ages 3-7




A sweet (or is it salty?) Christmas story with heart, humor, and plenty of punny holiday cheer. 



Peanut is going over the river and through the woods to his grandmother’s house for Christmas, but getting there is a food-filled adventure for this little nut! First he gets stuck in a traffic jam (make that a traffic jelly), then the bridge is closed so he has to take a (gravy) boat across the river, where he gets lost in a forest of (cookies shaped like) Christmas trees! But while the delays dismay his friends and family, Peanut embraces his role as the Merry Christmas Nut to cheer them up.



In this heart-warming and humorous Christmas tale based on the real-life adventures of one peanut — including ice-skating on popsicles and making snow angels in powdered-sugar snow — our food friends know that the true meaning of Christmas is joining with our loved ones to celebrate the joy of being together.



From the creator of Peanut Butter & Cupcake, tihs book is perfect for every family who wants to giggle together this holiday season.

Praise for Terry Border’s picture books:

Merry Christmas, Peanut!

“As with Border’s previous books, the real delights come from his carefully and humorously staged scenes.”–Publishers Weekly


“Kids will be mesmerized by Border’s clever photos, which imbue the peanuts with personality and a true sense of action. The message of kindness comes across with no overt religious references. Good nutty fun!”–School Library Journal






Merry Christmas from The Very Hungry Caterpillar

By ERIC CARLE






 Ages 3-5


This gorgeous little gift book from The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the perfect way to say “Merry Christmas!”

     Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar for a celebration of all that is festive during the holiday season. This beautiful book features Eric Carle’s bright, colorful artwork of Christmas delights—from presents to snowflakes and even Santa Claus—with The Very Hungry Caterpillar making an appearance alongside each one. This sweet little book is the perfect Christmas present for readers young and old.


The Christmas Wish
By LORI EVERT
Illustrated by PER BREIEHAGEN







Ages 3-7


This New York Times bestselling Nordic tale in the tradition of The Snowman, The Polar Express, and the many books of Jan Brett will have readers of all ages believing in the magic of Christmas. This is one to pull out every year and savor!

Long ago, a brave little girl named Anja wanted to be one of Santa’s elves. So she leaves a note for her family and helps her elderly neighbor prepare for the holiday, then she straps on her skis, and heads out into the snowy landscape. From a red bird to a polar bear to a reindeer, a menagerie of winter animals help Anja make her way to Santa. A generous trim-size, matte cover, extraordinary photographs, and foiled title make this a special book for the holiday season.

And don’t miss the other “Wish” books:
The Reindeer Wish

The Tiny Wish

The Brave Little Puppy 

The Puppy’s Wish — coming soon!



 Editorial Reviews
  
“…rosy-cheeked Anja looks like she’s stepped out of a fairy tale, and Breiehagen’s delicious (and, necessarily, digitally altered) photographs of her riding on the back of a polar bear and meeting Santa amid the snowy pines of the North Pole create the sense that magic is very real.” — Starred, Publishers Weekly

“[The Christmas Wish] points to both the timelessness and the otherworldliness of a child’s Christmastime wonder.” –The Horn Book

“…this cozy Nordic tale filled with extraordinary photographs will have readers of all ages believing in the magic of Christmas. This is one to pull out every year and savor.” —The Children’s Book Review

“Dreams have never been so photogenic.” —USA Today



How to Catch Santa
By JEAN REAGAN
Illustrated by LEE WILDISH






Ages 4-8




A #1 New York Times bestseller that’s a Christmas must-read!



From the creators of the New York Times bestsellers How to Babysit a Grandpa and How to Babysit a Grandma comes an equally charming and hilarious holiday offering!


After waiting for days and days and days, it’s finally Christmas Eve. And that’s when you can try to catch Santa. . . . 

From Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish, creators of the bestselling HOW TO… series, comes a delightful new offering, written again in a hilarious instructional style. Two sibling narrators give clever tips for “catching” Santa (be crafty! be clever! be gentle!) on Christmas Eve. Filled with humor and holiday warmth, this is a jolly read-aloud for the whole family to enjoy!4-8

And don’t miss Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish’s How to Raise a Mom and How to Surprise a Dad!

 Editoral Review

“A new hit this year is How to Catch Santa. . . . The picture book offers lighthearted tips on how kids can steal a glimpse of Mr. Elusive, aka Santa. . . .” —USA Today









As often as you can this Christmas season unplug the family from electronics and find a quiet cozy spot to read great books together.  Reading is a perfect calming agent that counteracts the oftentimes  hyper-excitement of the holiday. Spending tranquil quality time together will bring everyone back to sanity and make happy memories for years to come too.  

Thank you Penguin Random House for your magnificent line-up of quality Christmas books.  Books are truly gifts that keep on giving.  Be sure to wrap some to be present under your family Christmas tree, include them as stocking stuffers if you wish, and of course give wonderful books to others.  After all the other gifts have been unwrapped and the excitement has worn off them books will be there to read again and again with no batteries are needed.  

Have an awesome day everyone. Be sure to come back to visit me again on Monday.  I love having you here with me on Storywraps!  💜💜💜 as we share the wonderful world of books together. 









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