Friday, February 24, 2017

Bathtime for Little Rabbit - a bookwrap











“This funny, sweet, reassuring and empowering little board book about bathtime is perfection.”  Playing by the Book (UK)




Unwrapping...








"Bathtime for Little Rabbit" 
Created by Jörg Mühle

Ages 0-2
Gecko Press



Unwrapping some sweet, sweet illustrations for you...


















My Bookwrap...



First off let me say you cannot read this book and not fall in love with Little Rabbit.  He is just too adorable.  This interactive board book will be released Fall 2017.  It is simple, interactive and follows the bestseller, "Tickle My Ears" which was a phenomenon in Germany selling over 70K copies in under a year.  With strong word of mouth sales increased in the English language market.  

I personally love board books for pre-schoolers as they are tailor-made for little hands, perfect for chewing on by tiny slobbering mouths, and oh yes, even to read.  

This gem of a story invites the reader to help give this sweet guy a bath.  You get to prepare his bath, help apply the shampoo, swaddle him in a fluffy towel, and even blow dry behind his soggy ears... but wait... the blowdryer is broken.  Oh my... but no worries YOU can blow him dry.  Kids will love taking charge and making sure this kit is squeaky clean.

The illustrations are simple, expressive and humorous. The vibrant  colour pallet sports primary colours which draws the reader in and encourages him/her to participate Little Rabbit's bathtime ritual. 

 I think this book would be a perfect gift for a newborn.  Tuck it in a beautifully decorated basket brimming with soaps,  q-tips, a soft towel and perhaps a loveable stuffed bunny to welcome the special little bundle of joy into the world.    I highly, highly recommend this book to you.



Storywraps rating... 5 SOGGY HUGS !!!!! and beyond......







About the creator...







Jörg Mühle, born in 1973, studied at Offenbach University of Art and Design as well as at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Since 2000 he has been a self-employed illustrator at “labor” collaborative studios in Frankfurt.






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Thursday, February 23, 2017

How the Queen Found the Perfect Cup of Tea - a bookwrap









Unwrapping some fun quotes for you today...














Unwrapping today's book...





"How the Queen Found the Perfect Cup of Tea"

Authored by Kate Hosford
Illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska 


Ages 5-9



Unwrapping some illustrations to take a peek at...






































About the book...




Having to get up, be dressed by your maids, have your hair stylist work their magic on you, and every day order your butler to bring you tea can become quite boring and tedious when you are a Queen.  Her majesty becomes discontented and very grumpy.  She decides she dislikes the taste of her tea.  She and James her butler fly off on a world-wide hot air ballon tour in search of the perfect brew to satisfy her disgruntled taste buds.

She visits a child in Japan, one in India and also in Turkey.   Each child entices her to engage in the fun activities of their every day life.  She snuggles a kitty ("That was rather strenuous"), dribbles a basketball ("Her Majesty does not dribble," James informs the child. "Well then, it's time she tried.")  She even takes part in some vigorous energetic dance moves.  After each performance the Queen finds herself parched and asks for a cup of tea. The children wholeheartedly respond and lead the fatigued Monarch into their respective kitchens.  They then teach her how to make the perfect cup of tea according to their culture.  

The Queen learns that the three secrets to making the best cup of tea possible are:

*make the tea yourself   
*milk and sugar are optional
  * but the most important thing is to share your tea with friends

This simple act of kindness can be enough to start a lifelong friendship and a guarantee that many more cups will be shared together in the future.  Happiness is truly a hug in a teacup! 

The vintage style illustrations are amusing and humorous.  They are coloured-pencil and depict perfectly the evolution of the Queen from an uptight elite to a free-spirited, open-minded, fun-loving aristocrat.  I really enjoyed this book, especially the illustrations.  It was a very fun read indeed. 


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






About the author...





Kate Hosford grew up in Waitsfield, Vermont. Before becoming a children’s author, Kate worked as an elementary school teacher, a social worker and an illustrator.

Kate has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has written three  picture books and one poetry collection. INFINITY AND ME (Carolrhoda, 2012) was an ALA Notable Book, A Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book, a Cook Prize Finalist honoring a STEM picture book, and the recipient of a Kirkus starred review.
Her poetry collection, FEEDING THE FLYING FANELLIS AND OTHER POEMS FROM A CIRCUS CHEF (Carolrhoda, 2015), was a Lee Bennett Hopkins Honor Book and Independent Publisher Book Awards bronze medalist. Her books have sold in China and Korea.
She has two upcoming picture books: HOW THE QUEEN FOUND THE PERFECT CUP OF TEA (Carolrhoda, 2017), and MAMA’S BELLY (Abrams, 2018). Kate lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two sons.



About the illustrator...







Gabi Swiatkowska, a winner of the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, has illustrated many beautiful books for children, including My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits . She lives in France.







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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Two Fat Cows - a bookwrap








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"Two Fat Cows"

Authored by Nigel Tetley
Illustrated by Simon Goodway

Ages 3+



Fun pictures to make you chuckle...
















About the book...




What a delightful book.  Written in rhyme this fun story tells the tale of two very overweight cows who are BFFs and whose only goal in life is to eat, eat, eat.  "One more blade to go please". 

Marigold and Petal have literally eaten their way out of house and home.  They look down and only a few pathetic blades of grass remain at their hooves. They think that they just might starve to death. Oh nooooo!  Can't let that happen.

They look across the fence and a huge, luscious field of green grass awaits ... as far as their cow-eyes can see.  It is a diner's delight, a feast made in heaven.  Their tastebuds kick into action and the two devise a plan to escape to other side of the gate where the whole wide world is theirs to eat.  

Marigold kick-starts the plan into action by encouraging Petal to kick down the gate.  That will be easy-peasy right? Oh oh... it doesn't open.  Marigold then has another brilliant idea but will that  do the trick? These two rotund little heifers are determined to exit.   You will laugh out loud at what happens next... guaranteed.  

This book is full of humour and just plain fun all-round. The illustrations are expressive and action-packed.  When they are married to the text the result is a brilliant story that will have kids (and adults) chuckling at the antics within the covers. 

Friendship comes in many shapes and sizes and these two little dumplings plan to expand their waistlines in life together... one blade at a time.  I loved it!  Highly recommended.  



Storywraps rating...  5+++ HUGS!!!!! 






About the author...





Since qualifying as a Religious Studies teacher in 1989, Nigel Tetley has worked in a variety of schools, spanning middle and secondary age groups in both the State and independent sectors. At the beginning of his teaching career, he also spent a year in Greece teaching English as a second language. In 2001, he started writing children's poetry at the suggestion of a colleague. Since then he has also written the texts for three carols: 'Alchemy,' 'Snow,' and 'The Way of Paradox.' (Encore Publications, 2006.)





About the illustrator...










Simon Goodway was born blue owing to a congenital spine defect. A clever doctor sorted him out and he was soon pink and walking about like a normal person.

Some years later he got a degree in artificial intelligence and worked for a bit in software, before he got bored of that and became a freelance illustrator. There was also an incident involving fish and a vacuum cleaner, but we won't go into that.

Throughout all of this he was writing, writing, writing, and finally out popped his novel Killing Elizabeth. Other things followed.

He lives in Brighton with a stupid cat called Henry and a fiancée called Jess.






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