Friday, June 20, 2014

Make me a baby sister please......

        "I always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library."  - Frederick Douglass

Hello everyone.  Welcome to Storywraps.  So glad you're here to check out another great book.  Let's get started because this is one book you will want to get a copy of and share.

Today's featured book:

Title:  Loula and the Sister Recipe
Author and Illustrator:  Anne Villeneuve

Let's take a peek inside shall we?  You are going to love her illustrations.

My take on the book:

Loula's all decked out and wants to play Pirates with her triplet brothers but is rejected once again.  "Brothers," mutters Loula, "the worst invention in the world."  Downhearted she trucks off in her high heels to ask her parents a very important question.  She wants to know if they could make her a sister, just like her, to play and hang out with and be her special "sister" friend.

Her parents are taken by surprise at the request that was just delivered out of the blue. They try to carefully formulate the perfect scenario to inform Loula how that sister could become a reality.  They explain to her for that to happen special ingredients are needed...just like baking a cake.  They tell her you need a mama and papa, butterflies in your stomach, a full moon, a candlelight dinner, kisses and hugs and of course the best ingredient of all.....chocolate!  Who knew?  Well to a determined, self-empowered little girl like Loula that is a "piece of cake."  She approaches her friend and confidant chauffeur Gilbert, and gets him in on her new urgent mission.  He,with patience, love and understanding helps her collect all the ingredients she needs and sits with her to see if when the moon aligns with the elements a baby sister will indeed transpire.  The witty, fun twist at the end of the book will leave you smiling as Loula discovers not a sister, but a Mister that she adopts into her life and changes it forever.

The second book contains humour and flair and makes us even more in love with that charming little character, Loula.  Everyone needs a Gilbert in their life, he is a remarkable man and friend to her.  I highly, highly recommend this book.

About the author/ illustrator:

Anne Villeneuve was born in Montreal in 1966. As far as she can recall, she’s always held a crayon or a brush in her hands. She tries to draw every day, even on vacation, curious of her surroundings and eager to observe every aspect of her environment. Her passion for images and storytelling was the starting point for her career as author and illustrator, which she has been fulfilling for over 25 years.
Anne has written and illustrated close to 40 books, created games for magazines, illustrated for newspapers and designed cake boxes for a bakery. She’s also worked on “scenography” for Cirque du Soleil shows, murals for soft drinks and posters for the Dairy Farmers of Canada. Over the years, her work has earned her many distinguished recognitions, such as the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Québec/Wallonie-Bruxelles Literary Award in 2000, the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award in 2005 and 2009, and the Mr. Christie’s Book Award in 1998. She’s met with hundreds of kids across Canada, with whom she’s shared her passion for literature and art. She now teaches watercolor and drawing at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
The artists she looks up to are Matisse, Klee, Riopelle and Basquiat. She lives in Montreal, where she shares her home with her husband, daughter and two lazy cats.

Book Review Rating:  9 (Close to perfection!)

Read on an read always!  Have an amazing day everyone.  

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