Friday, May 27, 2022

Stories that boys tweens can admire - various bookwraps

 

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10 Middle Grade Stories Featuring Boys Tweens Can Admire

by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich






Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich is a mom, wife, sister, friend, and library lover. She's also the author of 8th Grade Superzero, Someday is Now, Above and Beyond: NASA's Journey to Tomorrow, and the novels Two Naomis and Naomis Too with Audrey Vernick. She believes in the power of a good book, a long walk, and a nice cup of tea (snacks optional but strongly recommended). Olugbemisola lives in NYC where she loves to teach writing, cook, do crafts in many forms, and needs to get more sleep. Find her online at olugbemisolabooks.com and @olugbemisola on Twitter.


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Today’s kid lit features so many rich and varied portrayals of boys being, thinking, or doing all kinds of good things — gloriously large and beautifully small. Here are some boys that young readers, male and female, can celebrate for many reasons.






Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero

by Kelly J. Baptist


This is no typical coming-of-age story. Young Isaiah has just become the man of the house, caring for his little sister and grieving mother while mourning the loss of his father. When it all gets to be too much, he turns to his Daddy's journal, filled with stories about the amazing Isaiah Dunn, a superhero who gets his powers from beans and rice. Loyal, dedicated, and caring, Isaiah is no doubt a hero, but it's his unstoppable spirit that gives this story superpowers.



The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

by Christopher Paul Curtis


Fourth-grader Kenny's vibrant and often hilarious voice brings incredible heart to this award-winning story set against the backdrop of a heartbreaking moment in American history — the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama. Family bonds provide a foundation for him and anyone processing the pain of a challenging world.



Dragons in a Bag Series

by Zetta Elliott, illustrated by Geneva B


In this urban fantasy named an NPR Best Book of the Year, Jaxon agrees to help return three baby dragons to their home in a magical realm. The number one rule is to absolutely, under no circumstances, ever let the dragons out of the bag. Young readers will love following Jax’s brave adventures with best friends Vikram and Kavita.



See You in the Cosmos

by Jack Cheng


“Who are you? What do you look like? Do you have one head or two? More?” So begins 11-year-old Alex Petroski’s narration into his golden iPod, which he hopes to launch into space, a project inspired by his hero, Carl Sagan. Propulsive and irresistible, Alex’s hopeful spirit and surprising journey is completely unforgettable.



The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

by Pablo Cartaya


This award-winning novel follows 13-year-old Arturo in his vibrant Miami community as he washes dishes in his Abuela’s restaurant, crushes on the new girl in his apartment building, and protests his community falling into the hands of an ill-intentioned land developer. Arturo learns the importance of poetry, activism, and family history during one hot summer.





Saint Louis Armstrong Beach

by Brenda Woods


In pre-Katrina New Orleans, young Saint spends his days playing clarinet for tourists alongside a stray dog named Shadow. When Katrina strikes, Saint refuses to evacuate without Shadow, and they end up seeking refuge in a neighbor’s attic while the water quickly rises. Saint is the picture of resilience and hard-earned hope in this essential portrait of an American city.



The Many Worlds of Albie Bright

by Christopher Edge


Stephen Albie Bright — named for his parents’ favorite scientists, Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein — is determined to find his mother in a parallel universe after she dies of cancer. Smart, hilarious, and heartwarming, young readers are sure to enjoy universe-hopping with precocious Albie in this gem of a book.





Squirm

by Carl Hiaasen


Billy Dickens doesn’t have much control over his life. His father, who disappeared when Billy was four, is a total mystery; his mother moves them from house to house in a perpetual mission to live near a bald eagle nest. But when Billy discovers his father’s Montana address, he sets off on a gritty cross-country quest to get some answers once and for all.





The Space Between Before and After

by Sue Stauffacher


When 10-year-old Thomas’s mother disappears, he has trouble making sense of the grief he’s feeling. His elderly Hungarian neighbor, Mrs. Sharp, who was separated from her father during World War II, encourages Thomas to cope by creating a fantasy story where his mother is safe. The chapters alternate between Thomas’s first-person narration and the fairy tale he’s imagining in this poignant story of navigating loss.





The Boy at the Back of the Class

by Onjali Q. RaΓΊf


The students in Mrs. Khan’s classroom are curious about Ahmet, the boy in the back of the room. He doesn’t talk much, nor smile. When they learn that Ahmet is a Syrian refugee who was separated from his family while fleeing the war, they decide to do whatever it takes to reunite Ahmet with his family. A timely story of empathy and allyship for all readers. 


 

Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published in 2015 and updated in 2020.



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Thursday, May 26, 2022

"Dinos Driving" - a bookwrap

 

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Dinos Driving

Authored by Lynn Leitch

Illustrated by Scot Ritchie



Specs


* Reading Age:  2-5 years

* Grade Level:  PS-K

* Length:  24 pages

* Publisher:  Pajama Press

* Pub. Date:  August 30, 2022

* ISBN-10:  1772782696

* ISBN-13:  978-1772782691

* Language:  English


 

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The Book


Kids who love dinosaurs and cars will love this clever and witty picture book.  Who knew that dinosaurs also were avid car lovers? Custom-made cars are right up their alley!  This book highlights a variety of charismatic dinosaurs and the tailor-made vehicles that suit their fancy and their nature.  


Velociraptor, Iguanodon, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Bradchiourus ( and more )  all weigh in the kind of vehicle that they want to drive.  The illustrations animate the text and tickle kid's imaginations.  The book is enriched with preschool- friendly facts and activities.  Eight dino-mite dinosaurs will take you on a ride of your life.  I love the whole exciting vibe of the book and I highly recommend it.  


Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


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Meet the Author






Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Lynn Leitch is a children's author with a passion for stories that lead to giggles. After graduating from Queen's University and Dalhousie, Lynn worked at the Bank of Montreal before becoming a freelance writer. Her debut picture book brings together eight humorous dinosaurs with their ideal modes of transport. Lynn lives in Burlington, Ontario.



About the Illustrator





Scot Ritchie is an award-winning illustrator and author with more than 60 books to his credit, including most recently On the Line. His books have been translated into French, Korean, Indonesian, Polish, Finnish, Arabic and Dutch. Scot has worked with the National Film Board of Canada and has had his illustrations exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.



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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

A Quokka for the Queen - a bookwrap

 

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A Quokka for the Queen

Authored by Huw Lewis

Illustrated by Fred Blunt


Specs


* Reading Age:  3-6 years

* Grade Level:  PS-1

* Length - hardcover:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Happy Yak

* Pub. Date:  May 17, 2022

* ISBN-10:  0711267979

* ISBN-13:  978-0711267978

* Language:  English


Editorial Reviews 



“In time for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, a funny, silly rhyming story about generosity and the joy of giving.”

 ―The Bookseller



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The Book




I love this hilarious quirky book. The Queen receives the best birthday  present ever... a Quokka from Australia...but will she embrace it and  want to keep it? 

The answer is a resounding "YES", indeed she does. She not only keeps it but adores its fun free spirit and attitude towards life.  The Queen quickly learns a very valuable lesson.  She discovers that it's better to give than receive presents on your birthday.  Who knew? 

Together, the unlikely, but definitely meant for each other duo, put their heads together and create a gift list for everyone they can think of in the royal kingdom.  Let's take a peek shall we?  

 



 
Looks complete right?  Oh, oh the Queen forgets to include what present the Quokka would like.  I wonder what his favourite gift would be?  Can you guess? 




This delightful story celebrates the joy of giving presents thus making those around you extremely happy!  The vast possibilities of vocabulary expansion,  the incredible witty illustrations, and the loads of alliteration samples makes this book a true winner.  Young and old will get a kick out of "A Quokka for the Queen" and I am very happy to endorse it here on Storywraps.  This book would be a great addition to a classroom and elementary school library.  


Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


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Meet the Author






Huw Lewis Jones is a writer and teacher who loves wild nature. He creates books for adults about maps and explorers, whilst for children it's mostly been apples so far. With wife Kari and daughter Nell, he lives in a little house in Cornwall, though often spends his summers at the North Pole.


About the Illustrator




Fred Blunt has illustrated dozens of books, as well as writing his own. Humour has always been top of Fred's list when it comes to drawing. Right from those early (rather unflattering) portraits of teachers, Fred knew he wanted to entertain with his work. Now writing and illustrating his own, very silly picture books - Fred couldn't be happier.




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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Playtime for Restless Rascals - a bookwrap

 

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Playtime for Restless Rascals

authored by Nikki Grimes

illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon



Specs


* Reading Age:  4-8 years

* Grade Level:  PS-3

* Length:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

* Pub. Date:  Sept. 6, 2022

* ISBN-10:  1728238935

* ISBN-13:  978-1728238937

* Language:  English 

* Reading Age:  4-8 years


"Nikki Grimes, Coretta Scott King Award winning author, and acclaimed illustrator Elizabeth Zunon's latest children's masterpiece is a whimsical adventure and rollicking celebration of playtime fun. "



 Editorial Review



"This is a beautiful and lighthearted celebration of young families. Highly recommended as a gift for new parents and for lapsit storytimes" ― Youth Services Book Review, STARRED review



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The Book


"Time to get to work, little one," I tell you.

"What work?" you ask.

Like always,

you pretend not to understand.

"Your job is called Play," I say.

Mom awakens her small child with those words.  She believes that her child's job is to play.  With giggles and whispers between the two the busy play-day kicks into gear! Let the games begin!

Throughout the day the little one dances in mud puddles, swirls in autumn leaves, and swings high enough to almost reach the sun, builds a snowman in the snow,  and exercises and plays with cars and trucks, just to name a few.  The sky's the limit when it comes to filling the day with fun adventurous activities.  It's a non-stop celebration of busyness from start to finish. 

Mom, exhausted, calls for a timeout and a nap before dad arrives home and takes over.  Mom and Dad together observe and confirm that..."At the end of the day, you know you're an expert at play!"

The illustrations are colourful, patterned, textured and they greatly enrich the text. This book is a wonderful snapshot of a loving family supporting each other through a typical exhausting day of non-stop play and engaging in life.  It would be a great asset in a classroom and school or public library.  It opens up many doors to great discussions.  I highly recommend it. 



Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


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Meet the Author








New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, the 2017 Children's Literature Legacy Award, the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, among many others. Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California. Find her at nikkigrimes.com. 



About the Illustrator








Elizabeth Zunon grew up in West Africa and now lives Albany, NY where she draws, paints, collages, sews, silkscreens, makes jewelry, and ponders the endless possibilities of chocolate. Her work is largely influenced by the people, places, and things from her childhood in the Ivory Coast as the product of two cultures. Visit her at lizzunon.com.



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