Monday, January 15, 2018

Not 'Til Tomorrow Phoebe - a bookwrap












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Not ’Til Tomorrow, Phoebe 

Authored by Julie Zwillich
Illustrated by Denise Holmes

Hardcover – March 15, 2018
Age Range: 3 - 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 3



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About the book





Phoebe dislikes the word tomorrow because she wants to do everything today.  The future tense does not work well for her.  She tries to wake Mama up to make her pancakes but finds out from her sleepy Mama that the pancake date was scheduled for tomorrow.  She needs a haircut and it is only available to her ... tomorrow.  Musicians are visiting her school. Can you guess when they are coming?  Yes, right on, tomorrow!  Oh my!  It seems like tomorrow will never come.

Phoebe wants instant gratification. Now please suits her best but alas she must wait until that pesky tomorrow finally arrives.  Frustrated and impatient Phoebe visits her Grandmother later on that day.  Her Grammy senses that something is wrong with Phoebe and cheers her up with her homemade cookies, her loving patience, and most of all,  her wise council.  

She imparts a secret ingredient to Phoebe that will help turn her today into her tomorrow. A good night's sleep is just what the doctor ordered or should I say just what Grammy ordered.  Will Phoebe see the wisdom in Grandmother's advice and give it a go?  

I am sure kids will relate to Phoebe and her desire to bring everything that is happening in her life into her present day... no waiting around.  Kids do find it hard to wait so this book is a wonderful tool to discuss what time and waiting really means and how to be patient until tomorrow becomes a reality.  The illustrations are colourful, full of activity and lots of expression.  This is a wonderful early-learning book to share together.  




Storywraps Rating ... 5 HUGS!!!!!





Introducing the author











Julie Zwillich was raised in Denver, CO, where the mountains are beautiful, and Hershey, PA, where the air smells like chocolate. After studying film at McGill University she immigrated to Canada, where people know how to drive in winter. Phoebe Sounds it Out is her first book. She’s currently working on a second Phoebe book as well as a middle-grade novel.

When she's not writing books, Julie hosts and writes television programs. She’s best known for her shows on Food Network (Summer’s Best), CBC (Surprise! It’s Edible Incredible!), TSN (SWEAT) and TVOKids. She also does animation voices (Beyblade, The Blobs) and long-form commercials (KitchenAid).

Julie lives in Central Oregon with her husband and 9-year-old twins. Follow on twitter @juliezwillich 



About the illustrator







A native of the Detroit area, Denise's passion for illustration goes all the way back to the age of three, when she would draw portraits of her enormous extended family. After earning her BFA at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, she worked every job from a server to sales associate, freelancing on the side and always dreaming of illustrating children's books. She got her break in 2012, with If I Wrote A Book About You by Stephany Aulenback (published by Simply Read Books). Since then, her projects have included two children's activity books and The Yoga Game Series written by Kathy Beliveau. This coming year she will have three books published; The Yoga Game in the Garden (Fall 2016) Simply Read Books, Where Are The Words?  written by Jodi McKay (December 2016) Albert Whitman & Co. and Phoebe Sounds it Out by Julie Zwillich (April 2017) OwlKids Books. Denise lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter. 






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Saturday, January 13, 2018

A Fire Truck for Chuck - a bookwrap







Oh boy, oh boy it's garage sale day with Mom and Chuck spots exactly what he is going to buy!  


A rhyming read-aloud that is picture-perfect for preschoolers. 





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"A Fire Truck for Chuck"

Authored by Annika Dunklee
Illustrated by Cathon

Ages: 2-5
Grade Level: PS-1
Pub. date:  March 15, 2018


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About the book






What a delightful story to share at bedtime.  Chuck and his mom are out garage-saling when he spots a huge red fire truck that sets his eyes twinkling.  His heart's desire has been answered if only he can get his mom to buy it for him.  They soon discover it is a match made in heaven and in minutes the one dollar fire truck has a brand new owner, namely, Chuck.  Hugging his precious treasure close he heads for home to play with his new best friend.

Chuck can't get enough playtime with his new toy and includes it in his sandbox play in the backyard. "Wee-ou-wee-ou-wee-ou" says the fire truck, "Wee-ou-wee-ou-wee-ou," says Chuck.  He happily runs the hose resulting in a lovely mucky mire that both he and his beloved truck manage to get struck in! Yuck!!!  Mom plucks them both from the guck and while she scours down the messy truck Chuck heads for a hearty scrub in the tub.  


After  Chuck sparkles himself back to normal he goes to find his beloved companion but guess what?  It is nowhere to be found.  Oh my!  How can that be?  Poor Chuck searches high and low all over the house and then becomes horrified!!  He thinks maybe his fire truck got sucked up inside the vacuum cleaner.  OHHH NOOOO!!!!  It's nearly his bedtime now and he still has no luck finding his BFF.  Will he finally discover the whereabouts of his new favourite toy or will it be gone forever and ever?  


This book  contains fun playful language with rhyming words and repetition that little ones will surely love.  The cartoon-like illustrations are big, vibrantly coloured and very kid-friendly. They enrich the story so much.  The tale oozes happiness and warmth and every child who has ever had a favourite toy can totally relate to Chuck's range of emotions.  I love the book and highly recommend it. 



Storywraps Rating ...  5 +++ HUGS!!!!!








About the author






Annika Dunklee was born in Uppsala, Sweden, to a Scottish father and a Swedish mother. As such, she enjoyed the influences of Basil Fawlty and Pippi Longstocking, while eating haggis and pickled-herring sandwiches. Her debut book, My Name Is Elizabeth!, was originally a class assignment for Ted Staunton's course in Writing Children's Fiction at George Brown College. She bases a lot of her stories on her own childhood memories.
On the first day of school each year, every teacher would mispronounce Annika's name as “Ann-eeka,” making her cringe inside and forever fret the first day of school. My Name Is Elizabeth! was inspired by every person who dislikes having his or her name shortened, lengthened, mispronounced or mangled in some way. Her second book, Me, Too!, was based on her own experiences with having two best friends as a child.
Annika has retained certain characteristics since childhood, which include being an excruciatingly slow reader and having laughing hysterics in the most inappropriate situations. She currently resides in Toronto with her husband, two kids, a puppy, a bunny rabbit and a cockatiel.



About the illustrator 











CATHON left Québec City in 2010 to study visual arts and media at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Since then, she has devoted herself to comics and illustration. Cathon now publishes picture books and comics with Pow Pow, La Pastèque, Comme des géants, Bayard, and Courte Échelle. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.







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Friday, January 12, 2018

"Drawing Cute with Katie Cook" - a bookwrap




Welcome to Katie Cook's world





















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"drawing cute with Katie Cook"

200 lessons for drawing
super adorable stuff

Pub Date 14 Feb 2018



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About the book




Kids are going to love to get their hands on this book and then get their hands busy creating amazing, fun drawings using pens, pencils (both regular and coloured), crayons, erasers, markers and loads and loads of paper.  According to Katie this is ...

"What You Need

A positive attitude and a sense of humor (cannot be bought)
Paper, I guess.  Walls Probably are not a good idea unless you are SUPER COMMITTED.
Pencils
An eraser because we all make mistakes.
A good ol' black ink pen or marker
Something to colour with...  dealer's choice"

Katie Cook has designed this step-by-step guide book to inspire, encourage, and bring hope to uncreative, but hopeful, artists (or so they start out thinking).   "Drawing Cute by Katie Cook" is just bursting with super creative ideas and techniques to get kids engaged in artistic endeavors and to get their imaginations humming with possibilities.  

She is the master of cute and kids will fall in love with adorable sweet animals and stuff relating to:  food , sports, holidays and seasons and handy dandy every day stuff that she expertly features.  She seems to make her drawings come alive by personifying them so they actually look animated and ready to be your friend.  

This entertaining how-to guide includes witty quips, fun facts and  puns from Katie that will make you groan and smile lots too.    


"If you know how to draw a potato, the art world is an open door."  Katie tells her readers. "

"Don't worry, there are lots of dog drawings, too!"  

Kids will find these drawings easy to clone and give them confidence to branch out and design their very own successful pictures.  This book is a perfect catalyst to ignite the creativity of any beginner artist and is sure to be a hit with every age group that just wants to doodle, experiment and explore the beautiful world of drawings.  This is a truly awesome book that I highly, highly recommend.   Go ahead and unleash your hidden talent and let the drawings begin...........




Storywraps Rating    5+++ HUGS!!!!!






About the author/ illustrator









Katie Cook is a well-known comic artist and writer. Her writing and art for the wildly successful My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) earned her a spot on pop culture website Bleeding Cool's 100 most influential people in the comic industry in 2013. She has also done licensed artwork for DC, Marvel, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, and Fraggle Rock. She also writes and draws the popular web comic, Gronk, and is often a featured guest at comic conventions around the world. She lives in Ann Arbor, MI.





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