Saturday, February 25, 2017

Zach Hangs in There - a bookwrap










Unwrapping...





"Zach Hangs In There"

Authored by William Mulcahy
Illustrated by Darren McKee

Ages 5-8
Kindergarten - Grade 3




Loved the illustrations.  Unwrapping some for you to enjoy...
























About the book...



Zach has a goal and that is to get across the trapeze rings at recess without falling but he doesn't have a plan to implement its success.  When the bell finally rings out he goes with his best friend Sonya to attempt it one more time.  A little apprehensive and very nervous he tries and tries but fails to get to the other side. Can he really do this or is he just kidding himself?  Oh my, poor Zach! 

Sonya sees how much this crossing means to him and starts encouraging him and reminding of him of past accomplishments.  He speaks positive words to himself, ( "I can do this!" and "Yes I can!"), sets his eyes on the prize and perseveres.  Hurray!!! Victory!!!  Zach is ecstatic.  He is so proud of himself. Yes, it can be done!!!

He discovers that he must: 

* start with a goal   
* make a plan
* make a new plan if he needs it and of course...
* keep trying to the end

 These wise tips can be very helpful no matter what age you are or at whatever you are trying to accomplish.  Take heed and succeed!   This is a wonderful inspirational message to pass on to your child and maybe even to yourself.  


Storywraps rating  -   5  HUGS!!!!!







About the author...






William Mulcahy is a licensed professional counselor and psychotherapist. He has served as supervisor at Family Service of Waukesha and as a counselor at Stillwaters Cancer Support Center in Wisconsin specializing in grief and cancer-related issues, and he has worked with children with special needs. Currently he works in private practice in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, and he is the owner of Kids Cope Now, a program for providing books and tools to help kids in the hospital. Bill’s picture books include Zach Apologizes, Zach Gets Frustrated, Zach Makes Mistakes, and Zoey Goes to the Hospital. He lives with his wife Melissa, his three children, and his three stepchildren in Summit, Wisconsin, where life is never boring.









About the illustrator...






Darren McKee has illustrated books for many publishers over his twenty-year career. When not working, he spends his time riding his bike, reading, drawing, and traveling. He lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, Debbie.














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Friday, February 24, 2017

Bathtime for Little Rabbit - a bookwrap











“This funny, sweet, reassuring and empowering little board book about bathtime is perfection.”  Playing by the Book (UK)




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"Bathtime for Little Rabbit" 
Created by Jörg Mühle

Ages 0-2
Gecko Press



Unwrapping some sweet, sweet illustrations for you...


















My Bookwrap...



First off let me say you cannot read this book and not fall in love with Little Rabbit.  He is just too adorable.  This interactive board book will be released Fall 2017.  It is simple, interactive and follows the bestseller, "Tickle My Ears" which was a phenomenon in Germany selling over 70K copies in under a year.  With strong word of mouth sales increased in the English language market.  

I personally love board books for pre-schoolers as they are tailor-made for little hands, perfect for chewing on by tiny slobbering mouths, and oh yes, even to read.  

This gem of a story invites the reader to help give this sweet guy a bath.  You get to prepare his bath, help apply the shampoo, swaddle him in a fluffy towel, and even blow dry behind his soggy ears... but wait... the blowdryer is broken.  Oh my... but no worries YOU can blow him dry.  Kids will love taking charge and making sure this kit is squeaky clean.

The illustrations are simple, expressive and humorous. The vibrant  colour pallet sports primary colours which draws the reader in and encourages him/her to participate Little Rabbit's bathtime ritual. 

 I think this book would be a perfect gift for a newborn.  Tuck it in a beautifully decorated basket brimming with soaps,  q-tips, a soft towel and perhaps a loveable stuffed bunny to welcome the special little bundle of joy into the world.    I highly, highly recommend this book to you.



Storywraps rating... 5 SOGGY HUGS !!!!! and beyond......







About the creator...







Jörg Mühle, born in 1973, studied at Offenbach University of Art and Design as well as at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Since 2000 he has been a self-employed illustrator at “labor” collaborative studios in Frankfurt.






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Thursday, February 23, 2017

How the Queen Found the Perfect Cup of Tea - a bookwrap









Unwrapping some fun quotes for you today...














Unwrapping today's book...





"How the Queen Found the Perfect Cup of Tea"

Authored by Kate Hosford
Illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska 


Ages 5-9



Unwrapping some illustrations to take a peek at...






































About the book...




Having to get up, be dressed by your maids, have your hair stylist work their magic on you, and every day order your butler to bring you tea can become quite boring and tedious when you are a Queen.  Her majesty becomes discontented and very grumpy.  She decides she dislikes the taste of her tea.  She and James her butler fly off on a world-wide hot air ballon tour in search of the perfect brew to satisfy her disgruntled taste buds.

She visits a child in Japan, one in India and also in Turkey.   Each child entices her to engage in the fun activities of their every day life.  She snuggles a kitty ("That was rather strenuous"), dribbles a basketball ("Her Majesty does not dribble," James informs the child. "Well then, it's time she tried.")  She even takes part in some vigorous energetic dance moves.  After each performance the Queen finds herself parched and asks for a cup of tea. The children wholeheartedly respond and lead the fatigued Monarch into their respective kitchens.  They then teach her how to make the perfect cup of tea according to their culture.  

The Queen learns that the three secrets to making the best cup of tea possible are:

*make the tea yourself   
*milk and sugar are optional
  * but the most important thing is to share your tea with friends

This simple act of kindness can be enough to start a lifelong friendship and a guarantee that many more cups will be shared together in the future.  Happiness is truly a hug in a teacup! 

The vintage style illustrations are amusing and humorous.  They are coloured-pencil and depict perfectly the evolution of the Queen from an uptight elite to a free-spirited, open-minded, fun-loving aristocrat.  I really enjoyed this book, especially the illustrations.  It was a very fun read indeed. 


Storywraps rating.... 5 HUGS!!!!!






About the author...





Kate Hosford grew up in Waitsfield, Vermont. Before becoming a children’s author, Kate worked as an elementary school teacher, a social worker and an illustrator.

Kate has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has written three  picture books and one poetry collection. INFINITY AND ME (Carolrhoda, 2012) was an ALA Notable Book, A Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book, a Cook Prize Finalist honoring a STEM picture book, and the recipient of a Kirkus starred review.
Her poetry collection, FEEDING THE FLYING FANELLIS AND OTHER POEMS FROM A CIRCUS CHEF (Carolrhoda, 2015), was a Lee Bennett Hopkins Honor Book and Independent Publisher Book Awards bronze medalist. Her books have sold in China and Korea.
She has two upcoming picture books: HOW THE QUEEN FOUND THE PERFECT CUP OF TEA (Carolrhoda, 2017), and MAMA’S BELLY (Abrams, 2018). Kate lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two sons.



About the illustrator...







Gabi Swiatkowska, a winner of the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, has illustrated many beautiful books for children, including My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits . She lives in France.







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