Thursday, March 23, 2023

' Herman Jiggle, Just Be YOU!" - a bookwrap

 

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Herman Jiggle Just Be You!  

By Julia Cook 

Illustrated by Michael Garland



Specs


* Reading Age:  4-7 years

* Grade Level:  PS-2

* Length:  31 pages

* Publisher:  Boys Town Press

* Pub. Date:  Feb. 13, 2023

* ISBN-10:  0938510984

* ISBN-13:  978-0938510895


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The Book





Herman Jiggle wants so badly to fit in with his peers but how far will he go to make that happen?  He feels so inadequate and will try anything to fit in and be liked, accepted and belong. 

His hair looks like a porcupine, his shoes are plain and clunky, his teeth are not wiggly yet and he earns for a hole.  Oh my what is he to do? 

He wants to try glue to smooth out his hair or even try to take out a tooth the hard way.  Poor Herman Jiggle is having an identity crisis.  

Thankfully his loving mom is there to rescue him and convince him to stop trying to change himself and learn to love the unique little human being he was created to be.  

Herman Jiggle, Just Be You! Highlights how to overcome insecurities and anxieties and learn the importance of accepting and loving yourself.  The author has included a special page for parents and educators offering insightful and practical tips on helping kids celebration and LOVE all the things that make then unique.  

The fabulous illustrations enrich the positive message.  This is the fourth title in the popular Socially Skilled Kids book series.  

I love the book ( and the whole series ) and highly recommend it. 



Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 



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Meet the Author








Julia Cook is an award-winning author and highly sought-after speaker. A former teacher and school counselor, her captivating storybooks help young readers learn to use social skills and develop healthy relationships. She has received the Association for Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award, and her books have been honored by The National Parenting Center and Mom’s Choice Awards. She is the author of multiple storybook series, including The Leader I’ll Be!, Building Relationships, Communicate with Confidence, BEST Me I Can Be!, and Responsible Me!



About the Illustrator



Michael Garland delivers excellent, excellent illustrations...Storywraps!




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Wednesday, March 22, 2023

" Holly and the Pittie Party" - a bookwrap

 

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Holly and the Pittie Party

Written by Julian Frischherz

Illustrated by Leesh Li


Specs


* Reading Age:  4-7 years

* Grade Level: PS-2

* Length:  32 pages

* Publisher:  North Star Editions

* Pub. Date:  July 25, 2023

* ISBN-10:  1631637045

* ISBN-13: 978-1631637049


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The Book


This is a bittersweet story.  I cannot imagine getting a pet then totally abandoning it to fend for itself.  There are many other alternatives that are safe and humane to get rid of an unwanted animal.  


A family gets their kids a puppy for Christmas and when they realize its a pit bull, dangerous breed they think,  dad takes it into the city and lets it go.  Holly finds herself on her own trying to manage life so she can survive.  Many of the city folk are unwilling to help her because they too believe she is a dangerous breed.  


Holly's journey of survival leads her to a city dog park, an animal shelter and finally to a pittie party. She is fortunate to find acceptance and love at that party.  


The wonderful illustrations are very well done and make the text come alive.  I am so thankful the story has a happy ending and Holly not only finds hope in her life but love also.  I love the book and highly, highly recommend it.  


Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 



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Meet the Author



Julian Frischherz is based in Baltimore, Maryland, where pit bulls find themselves abandoned in shelters daily. He worked in domestic animal care for four years and wrote little stories for his four-legged clients’ human counterparts. He believes a walk is never just a walk if you have the imagination. Holly and the Pittie Party imagines a world in which all dog breeds are loved equally.



About the Illustrator



Leesh Li is a graphic designer, digital artist and visual storyteller based in London. With a wide array of skills and a vibrant style with instant appeal, Leesh has composed delightful illustrations for a number of picture books and text books while also lending her talents to a number of other fields, such as motion graphics, concept design and storyboarding.




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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

" The Colourblind Kid" a bookwrap

 

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The Colourblind Kid

by Tom Powell


Specs


* Reading Age:  5-8 years

* Grade Level:  1-3 

* Paperback:  32 pages 

* Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC-KDP Print US

* Pub. Date:  August 3, 2021

* ISBN-13:  979-8549124110

* Language:  English


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The Book




This is an educational book informing kids of colourblindness, CVD.   Little Tim is so happy and excited to start off to school. His backpack is ready and he is pumped to go.  

Soon he gets embarrassed by the way he sees colours differently than his peers.  His classmates point out how he makes a race car brown and a lake purple making him feel ashamed and sad.  Finally he yells out..."I am colourblind ok" ? 

The story uses colours that someone who is colourblind might see and is quite informative of what that may be.  I was surprised to learn the large percentage of the population that is affected by CVD.  Wow!  

The cartoon-like illustrations are wonderful and "The Colourblind Kid" is a perfect way to explain to kids what colour blindness is.  I learned a lot myself.  I love the adorable main character.  The author has included a segment at the end to give more in depth information regarding CVD which is informative and interesting.  

This is an important book and I highly recommend it. 



Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 



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Meet the Author









I was born on 26th July 1993 in a place called Torquay, Devon, which is in England. I grew up there and could often be found playing football in the street in front of my house or messing around at the nearby beaches. It still remains my favourite place to be. 

My parents thought education was very important.  I had to read aloud every day and wasn't allowed to stop until it was read perfectly.  I became very good at reading aloud quickly, so I could get more time to play!  Later on, I trained to be a Primary School teacher and discovered I enjoyed entertaining children with poetry renditions, reading stories and even a few magic tricks.  

I now live in Shanghai, China as an international teacher with my wife Hannah and my daughter Liliana.  




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Monday, March 20, 2023

 

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I Grab the Mic

by Malik Sickstein

illustrated by Paige A. Mason



Specs


* Reading Age:  5-8 years

* Grade Level:  1-3

* Hardcover:  48 pages

* Publisher:  Paw Prints Publishing

* Pub. Date:  May 16, 2023

* ISBN-10: 1223186563

* ISBN-13:  978-1223186566

* Language:  English


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The Book


Kiss stage fright goodbye...

You're superfly. 

Grab that mic


This is the first picture book of the series.  It features kids in challenging scenarios and how they build up confidence to succeed.  It's a fun book written through lyrical hip-hop inspired verse. How fun is that?    


A young girl and her friends are nervous as they face their fears when it comes to speaking and performing in front of a crowd. The good news is that they all have success and find their confidence to share their voice.


The illustrations are colourful and engaging.  I Grab the Mic encourages kids to be brave and not give up... a "you've got this" encouragement!  Grab the mic and shine! A great book that I highly recommend!  


Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


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Meet the Author







Malik Sickstein is a psychologist, Hip-Hop Historian, proud Bison, and recording artist who co-authored the critically acclaimed YA novel “Let Me Hear a Rhyme.” He is a committee panelist for the Virginia Children’s Book Festival and is passionate about writing children’s and adult non-fiction that express life lessons. He is the product of three places, Harlem NYC (where he was born), D.C. (his second home), and the SF Bay Area (where he lives).




About the Illustrator







Paige Mason is an advocate for creativity, imagination, and Art Education. She currently works at a private elementary school ranging from preschool to 4th grade in San Jose, California. After leaving campus, you can find her in the living room, corner studio, where she creates art of her own. Paige graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, May 2015, where she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Illustration. Pursuing Art as her secondary education has opened many doors, including opportunities to package and highlight her artwork, along with her current teaching job.

"I hope my illustrations inspire a narrative for the viewer, whether it's similar to my perception or not, as long as a story can be derived, that's all that I hope to aspire.”



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Sunday, March 19, 2023

"A Very Dinosaur Birthday" - a bookwrap

 

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A Very Dinosaur Birthday

Book by Adam Wallace

Illustrated by Christopher Nielsen 


What if dinosaurs showed up at your birthday party? From prehistoric presents to games crashing out of control and your snacks going extinct, it's a dino disaster!



Specs


* Reading Age:  4-10 years

* Grade Level:  1-2

* Hardcover:  40 pages

* Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

* Pub. Date:  June 20, 2023

* ISBN-10:  1400242053

* ISBN-13:  978-1400242053

Language: English


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This is a fun book that I know kids will love.  A 

child invites a gaggle of dinosaurs to his birthday bash and mayhem and chaos ensues.  Dinosaurs are HUGE, ravenous, AND farty! Oh my!  They smash and crash and cause lots of disturbances.  


This hilarious book is written in rhyme and the detailed illustrations are vibrant, colourful and full of action and fun.  


A Very Dinosaur Birthday is perfect for:

  • boys and girls 4 to 10 years old and dino lovers of all ages
  • fans of Dragons Love Tacos and How to Catch a Dinosaur
  • fun family story times and getting the giggles out before bed
  • a gift for birthdays and other celebrations


If your child is a fan of dinosaurs then this book is  must read.  A Very Dinosaur Birthday is an interactive read-aloud that kids will love reading again and again.  I highly recommend!  


Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


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Meet the Author






I love writing stories that make children laugh and get excited about reading and drawing and writing . I also love taking naps and listening to music. Not at the same time. Well, sometimes. It depends on the song.

I have worked hard and have been fortunate enough to have had over 100 books published and out in the world, and love each one as if it were my child ... except if that child is like really naughty and always breaks my favourite things and writes bad words on the walls of our house.

None of my books are like that, and imagine if you had over 100 kids! That is terrifying!.

From How to Catch books to How to Draw books. From gross books to action and adventure books. From rhyming to prose, inspirational to just plain silly, there's something for kids of all reading abilities, and all ranges of interests.

And now, on JUNE 20, 2023, A BRAND NEW SERIES is kicking off, starting with ... A VERY DINOSAUR BIRTHDAY!

Check them out, and always feel free to get in touch at wally@adam-wallace-books.com

I personally answer each and every email ... I have to. My assistant is really slack and non-existent.





About the Illustrator






Christopher Nielsen is an Australian author/illustrator specializing in bringing joy and wonder to children through his art and storytelling. He works with found textures and printing techniques and puts it all together in Photoshop. When he’s not busy working on picture books, he can be found raising his beautiful young family or playing with his rock band. In 2018 his first picture book saw him shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia's Crichton Award for best new illustrator.


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