Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Can you find my robot's arm? - a bookwrap







Greetings Earthlings... I have a huge problem on my hands... uuhhh I only have one hand now because I lost my other arm with my hand attached to it !!! Oh my, can you help me find it?  This is a before-my-arm-went-missing picture... HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!





Unwrapping...






"Can you find my robot's arm?"

Created by Chihiro Takeuchi

Ages 2-5
PS-K



Unwrapping some amazing illustrations...









































About the book...


Robot is having a bad day.  He lost his arm and can't tell where to find it.  His Robo pet tries his best to give him a hand to locate it but alas they are unable to discover its whereabouts.   

They then get a brilliant idea... why not to try a substitute arm... now that may help. They try a fork replacement ...will that work?  No, afraid not.  A broom? A pencil? A fish bone? A lollipop? Ah ha....a pair of scissors will do the trick nicely, yes?  No..... none of these random objects suffice.  Poor Robot what is he to do without his beloved arm?  

The duo then decide to widen their net and explore outside their house. They scour the garden, the amusement park, the library, even a sweet shop, just to cite a few.  Any luck you suppose?   No. Nada. None.  Where oh where can Robot's arm be? This is very puzzling indeed.  It could not have just disappeared into thin air.  

Will Robot ever find his dearly loved arm?  He really is attached to it...  mmmm...  or was!  Kids will love the silliness of the tale and both kids and adults will ogle at the intricacy and beauty of the amazing handcut images that drive the story home.  

This is a wonderful book...  and I highly recommend it...  hands down. 



Storywraps rating...  5+ Hugs!!!!!+








About the creator of the book...






CHIHIRO TAKEUCHI is a renowned paper cut artist living in Osaka, Japan. In 2015, Chihiro was part of a select group of artists to exhibit at the prestigious Bologna Book Fair. She has created several books in Japanese. Can You Find My Robot’s Arm? is her first children’s picture book in English. The author lives in Osaka, Japan.








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Monday, January 16, 2017

The Only Way I Can - a bookwrap











Haven't we all at some time in our life looked up in the sky and envied the birds soaring high overhead, free and gliding on invisible wind power.  Have you, like me, tried to imitate a bird in flight, flap your arms and believe that you too could become airborne and soar up into the puffy white clouds? ............. How'd it work for you?   Did it happen? 

Today's story is about a little bunny who wanted so much to take to the skies too.  Wonder if he will succeed in his quest? 




Unwrapping...






"The Only Way I Can"

Authored by Bonnie Grubman
Illustrated by Caroline Westermann
Ages 4+




Unwrapping some sweet illustrations for you...
































About the book...

This charming book is about an adorable little rabbit who has a wish he holds deep inside of him, a wish he wants very much to come to fruition:

"Rabbit gazed up at the graceful bird.
"Yoo-hoo," he called. "How do you do that?"
"Do what?" asked Bird.
"Fly with such ease."
" I was meant to," he said. "I was born to soar the skies."
"I wish I could fly," said Rabbit.
"Really?" Where would you go if you could?".....

Thus begins a tale of how Bird coaches Rabbit hoping to help his little friend fulfill his dream of soaring through the skies just himself.

It is not an easy task to fly as Rabbit soon finds out. He flaps his arms, pumps his muscles, has a magical attachment made from Bird's own feathers fastened to him, does copious training exercises and runs with the wind, but alas, nothing gets him airborne. Why Rabbit's feet do not even budge off of the ground one tiny bit.  Oh my, what is poor Rabbit to do?  

After many failures Rabbit has a brilliant idea as to how he can once and for all fulfill his dream of flying high.  He runs straight  towards a cliff which makes Bird panic.  Bird thought Rabbit was going to dive straight off and try and soar freely like an eagle.  Is that Rabbit's plan do you think?  Will he be silly enough to try such a dangerous stunt or does he have something completely different in mind.... something that will have him fulfill his dream and bring him the satisfaction of feeling the ultimate ...  flying freely through the air?  Bird, a loyal friend as always, hears Rabbit's plan and like bird's of a feather....they stick together to make Rabbit very, very  happy bunny.

The illustrations are colourful, full of action and very expressive.  It's a lovely book about helping each other, believing in each other and celebrating with each other unique qualities.  I highly recommend this book with it's very positive message... never give up... and yes you can!



Storywrap hugs... 5 Hugs!!!!!







About the author...




Once upon a time I was a little girl growing up in a six story building. Johnny the Ice Cream Man would pull his shiny white truck into the bus stop and resound the musical magic of his simple bell. I’d make a mad dash off the stoop and scream like crazy for my Mom. She would wrap a quarter in a napkin ball, and toss it out the fifth floor window. For twenty five cents I could buy a delicious chocolate ├ęclair bar and even get change.

     Ahh yes, there was nothing better than cooling off on the fire escape with Johnny's ice cream and a stack of books. I loved reading; especially picture books. The stories sparked my imagination, and transported me to faraway places without ever having to leave home. They made me laugh, and taught me lessons I still remember. YEP! Picture books rock as far as I’m concerned. And they’re not just for kids.

     Indeed, I have to be one of the luckiest “kids” in the whole wide world to have fallen in love with picture books, to have worked in early childhood education and to have had the dream of getting published come true.


     I am grateful for my very wonderful family, to all the children who have inspired me, and to my grandchildren Julian and Grant; most especially. Because nothing is more exhilarating than to breathe their air, surround myself with their honest silliness and share their joy and curiosity in everything they see.




About the illustrator...





Since I graduated at the School of the arts Utrecht I started working as a freelance illustrator. I work on my own designs and for orders and assignments. My work is characterized by its spherical and narrative style and love for traditional materials.    I specialize in illustrating for children’s books and magazines. Since I travelled the world I starting working on my own illustrated product-line. . This line consists prints, porcelain and sculptures.
For questions please contact me.
     Education
2009 / 2013 Bachelor of illustration, Utrecht School of the Arts
2012 Erasmus, Lucerne School of the Arts
2004 / 2009 Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam
      Publications
2014 Children Novel, Rafelijntje, Publisher Uitgeverij Xanten

2013 VPRO Gids





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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Kid's books to movies - infowrap











DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar invite you to meet a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy, DreamWorks' The Boss Baby. The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim. With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, DreamWorks' The Boss Baby is an authentic and broadly appealing original comedy for all ages.








Unwrapping some books to collect and to read before the movies are released....








The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee (in theaters March 31; targeted to kids)
This very funny picture book imagines a new baby as a demanding boss -- complete with suit, tie, and briefcase -- who keeps his parents hopping to meet his every need. DreamWorks' 3D animated adaptation, directed by Tom McGrath (Madagascar), has Alec Baldwin voicing the baby and Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow as his parents. 









Wonder by R.J. Palacio (in theaters April 7; targeted to kids)
This beloved middle-grade novel is about Auggie, a boy with a congenital facial deformity who, after being homeschooled his whole life, enters fifth grade at a public school. It deals with bullying and typical middle school drama as it tells the story of the entire school year in multiple voices. The film adaptation, directed by Stephen Scbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as Auggie's parents, Mandy Patinkin as his understanding teacher, and Jacob Trembly (Room) as Auggie. 









Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney (in theaters May 19; targeted to kids)
In the ninth book in the popular Wimpy Kid graphic novel series, Greg is stuck on a hilariously disastrous family road trip where things don't go at all according to plan. The film adaptation, directed by David Bowers (The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules), stars Alicia Silverstone as Greg's mom and Jason Drucker as Greg. 









The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey (in theaters June 2; targeted to kids)
This first book in the best-selling graphic novel series centers on two mischievous elementary school boys who create a mock comic book superhero based on their school principal. DreamWorks' animated adaptation, titled simply Captain Underpants, features the voice talents of Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, and Kristen Schaal. It's directed by David Soren (Turbo, Shark Tale). 








Mary Poppins (in theaters Dec. 25; targeted to kids)
P.L. Travers' classic children's novel was already adapted by Disney in 1964. The book is charming and magical in its own way (if a bit old-fashioned). But it still offers timeless lessons about good manners and understanding other points of view. The film sequel, Mary Poppins Returns, will be a musical set in Depression-era London, with Jane and Michael Banks all grown up. It stars Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins, Hamilton star/creator Lin-Manuel Miranda as her lamplighter friend Jack, and Meryl Streep as Mary's cousin, Topsy. Rob Marshall (Into the WoodsPirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) directs.

 
-source Common Sense Media



Film adaptations of the books are big business in Hollywood and I am so happy that they are doing their magic to make these stories come alive on the big screen.  Will the movie versions be even more spectacular than the printed version?  You be the judge. FIRST read the book then see the movie so you can become a movie critic extraoridinare!!!  Happy reading and happy weekend everyone.  Read on......... 




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