Friday, May 25, 2018

"Two Spells" - a bookwrap











Buckle up... this book will take you on a wild ride that you won't forget any too soon!  




Unwrapping







"Two Spells"
Authored by Mark Morrison

* Ages: 10-18
*YA fantasty
*Kindle edition and paperback
*317 pages
*Book Cover Artist : Reshetnikov Ihor (Azot)



About the book


Wow!  If you are into enthralling mystical fantasy, with extraordinary characters that pop off the pages into your brain then you are in for a real treat when you read this book.  Debut author Mark Morrison will have you staying up late at night to finish this  imaginative and spell-binding book.

The protagonists are twins.  Sarah and Jon are shipped off to their grandparents in Wales for the summer and never in their wildest dreams could they ever imagine what supernatural adventures await them there.  

The pace is fast, the details explosive, and the storyline very well written.  The book draws the reader into the sometimes dangerous escapades of Two Spells. You find yourself cheering the two on as they get involved in a magical battle that is taking place at Two Spells' library.  They discover they are principal players in the fight and that they too possess magical powers that before were unknown to them.  Suspense and excitement invite you to keep turning pages to find out the fate of these two siblings and the umtilmate fate of the library.  

The book cover is the perfect segue into this mystical and magical second dimension kingdom.  Once you open the book and read the first chapter ... you are hooked.  Readers always love the classic good vs evil conflicts and this book using that premise won't disappoint.  Highly recommended by Storywraps. 



Storywraps Rating -  5 ++ HUGS!!!!!






Introducing the author







Mark was born number seven of eight children in a small town in Ohio. His family moved to Florida where he grew up, met an incredible woman, got married and raised four fantastic children, three boys and a girl.

Many years later, an empty nest left him to his true calling, storytelling. His first remarkable story is about a heroine whose courage and unrestrained personality—like his daughter’s—breathes passion and fervor into this adrenaline-packed story.










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Thursday, May 24, 2018

"Bonjour!" Let's Learn French - a bookwrap











* Visit new places and make new friends
* With Pete the Pilot and Louis l'escargot
* A fun start to learning Fench
*Kids love a story and through storytelling they will learn French effortlessly





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"Bonjour!"
Let's Learn French
Authored  by Judy Martialay


Ages:  6-10 (or younger)
Format: Paperback
Publisher: BookBaby, Bilingual edition
Language: English



Unwrapping some illustrations for you





Meet Pete the Pilot who welcomes kids on his magic plane






Children meet Louis, l'escargot and follow his adventure






Kids practice and expand their French with fun activities





Kids explore French culture 






Kids learn how to add an impressionist touch to their pictures and paintings




Words presented in the book are organized into a vocabulary list




About the book




This is a wonderful way to introduce a child ( and perhaps an adult )  to the beautiful French language.  Parents, grandparents, and caretakers etc. should go to the website http://www.polyglotkidz.com and click on the Audio for Bonjour! Let's Learn French page to download the audio version  This way, they can listen and follow along with the book, stop and rewind when necessary. Th script for the pronunciation lesson is on that page.  The website also gives parental advice on how to best use the book along with interesting articles on learning French and other languages.  Also featured there are interactive activities for the whole family to enjoy.

 Pete the Pilot welcomes kids aboard his magic plane and off they go to discover and explore the wonderful language and culture of France. 

The language in the book has been kept simple so that overall the book is an uplifting, pleasant experience and a fun way for kids to learn a new language.  Soft coloured illustrations are woven throughout the story to visually bring the words to life.  I think this book would be a great addition in a classroom setting and definitely in an elementary school library.  Storywraps recommends this book and the author's previous book in Spanish.  



Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!





About the author





Hi, I'm Judy Martialay. I live in Sea Cliff, N.Y. with my husband. My daughters are grown up. I have a toddler granddaughter.
I have lots of interests; I am a guitar jammer, a painter, gardener, knitter, volunteer, and I love to cook (but have to watch my sugar). I studied Japanese, but had to give that up when my Japanese friend with whom I exchanged lessons moved away.
I retired from teaching foreign /world languages, and now I devote time and energy to advocacy for foreign language study for the Public Advocacy Committee of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT). 
Foreign language learning is an uphill battle in the English-speaking countries. I think, though, that more parents are becoming aware of the many benefits of being bilingual, and they want their kids to learn languages.
I wrote the books ¡HOLA! Let's Learn Languages and Bonjour! Let's Learn French because I want every child to have the opportunity to learn a world language at an early age. This is the best time to start learning a language. Children's brains are wired for learning languages. They have a better chance for acquiring native pronunciation, and they have ample time to become truly proficient in the language. 
I often hear the comment from teachers of young children:" Children absorb languages like sponges."
My granddaughter hears Spanish every day; she has an au pair girl who speaks to her in Spanish. She understands everything.
I want children and their parents to enjoy the experience of learning languages. It is an adventure into the soul of another world. 

If your child continues study of a language, he or she will have a skill that will provide life-long benefits.




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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

"Author interview" - Jo Rooks - an infowrap







I want to introduce you to a lovely blog ...  

"plumpuddingillustration.blogspot.ca"






Unwrapping a little about them


They feature some some of the news, (and gossip), about their agency and the artists they are very proud to represent.  They invite you to stay a while, have a cup of tea with them and be sure to pop back again soon!   Location:  Reigate, Surrey, UK.   They have been blogging since February 2012.



Storywraps is unwrapping a wonderful interview they conducted with yesterday's author of the book I featured "A Box of Butterflies" by Jo Rooks.  It's always fun to find out more about our very creative kid's authors and illustrators isn't it?  Enjoy! 






Where do you live/work? What do you love about working there? 

I live in South West London and work from home. We have a lovely house with a big kitchen which goes straight out into the garden. I find that I work in a variety of spots around the house. I have an art room and also a mac office space in a different room but sometimes I like to work in other places in the house and sometimes even late at night in front of the TV. I have found it best to separate where I have my mac from where I do my traditional art … not sure why but the two things on the same desk don’t mix. Either you spill indian ink on your keyboard or you get distracted by a ‘ping’ from social media. There is also a lovely peace and quiet in my art room which is free from any electronic noise. I like to open the window and listen to people chatting as they walk along the road. 







What are your dislikes?

My issues with working from home is the lack of company. I am someone who thrives on feedback and love a good old fashioned ‘brain storm’ so sometimes that is lacking when you only have a pot plant for company (sniff sniff). But I am lucky enough to have some wonderful friends nearby and of course my children who always come up with the BEST ideas ever! 

What do you love most about being an illustrator? 

I love those moments when time stands still and when you are creating something magical. 

How do you work – what are your techniques? 

I work with watercolours and inks mainly but I tend to paint my characters as separate blocks of colour and then bring them together in photoshop so I have the flexibility of changing things if I want to. I also like working directly on the ipad for my sketches. It’s very free and it means you can reverse a mistake without taking everything away. 







What is your favourite thing to draw? 

I like drawing things from life so probably something like a pair of old shoes would keep me happy. 

Are there any tricky parts to being an illustrator? 

Yes. getting down on the paper what you see in your head without a reference is a bit of a tricky one. But I’m getting better at it … Also pacing out a story into a 12 spread book is sometimes like a puzzle. But it always seems to keep me interested in solving the puzzle!

What or who are you inspired by? 

I’m inspired by great storytellers and illustrators who can give life to a story. There are so many amazing illustrators out there but the ones I really love are: Sara Ogilvie, Jon Klassen, Oliver Jeffers, Joe Berger, Yasmeen Ismail and Marc Martin. I also have to mention Christyan Fox, Zehra Hicks and Jane Porter who I have been taught by and who have had a really big impact on how I have developed my style. 





Do you have a favourite illustrator? 

There are far too many amazing illustrators out there to choose just one. But probably Sara Ogilvie. Her character expressions are so believable and the freedom which she draws is beautiful. 

What do you like to in your spare time when you’re not illustrating? 

I play the piano, love a bit of gardening and am a die hard fan of Strictly Come Dancing. 

How did you get into illustration? 

I studied illustration and Graphic Design at Bath Spa School of Art and Design. Went on to be a Graphic Designer and then came back to Illustration later. 







What are your three top tips for aspiring illustrators? 



1. Keep drawing and don’t be precious about getting it right first time. 

2. Write and draw your ideas and keep them - Don’t judge your work too quickly. 

3. Try and have confidence in yourself. It’s a hard one because there are so many very talented people out there but don’t let that put you off creating your art. 



What was the last book you read? What did you think?


‘Big Magic’ By Elizabeth Gilbert. This book is amazing (and also slightly ‘out there’ in terms of it’s ideas). But all the same a must read for anyone creative. It will make you realise how creativity is quite literally magic and creating something (anything!) is what makes the world go around in a slightly more joyous way. 







What’s your ultimate dream? 

My ultimate dream for sometime has been to get one of my Children’s books published. I have really grafted away for a long time on my stories and so to have one of my books published and in a child’s grubby little hands would quite literally set my world on fire ;-) 

We hope you enjoyed meeting the newest addition to the PP family, Jo, and learning more about her life as a children's illustrator!









Thank you to this wonderful blog site (plumpuddingillustration.blogspot.ca) and for this great interview.  Please check out their blog and enjoy all the creativity that it sends your way.  




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