Friday, May 29, 2015

Sophie's Animal Parade - a bookwrap


Written by Amy Dixon and Illustrated by Katia Wish.   Ages 3-7

Unwrapping the illustrations...

"Everything Sophie drew came to life.  Mama called it Sophie's imagination. Sophie called it magic."  

     Thus begins the charming tale of Sophie, the little girl with the magic pencils who creates scrumptious foods, cozy places to rest and snuggly apparel to don when she feels cold.  

     Then she takes her wizardly ways to a whole new level and starts creating animal friends to keep her company when she is feeling lonely.  She thinks it would be fun to host a tea party and of course all her animals are invited.  

     First she conjures up a cute baby polar bear who is way too hot in her room,  then a duck who isn't interested in playing hide-and-seek but just wants to swim, a giraffe who gets a pain in his neck because the room is way too short for his tallness.... and on and on and on.....  

     So much chaos ensues that Sophie's only alternative is to take her brood outdoors where she encounters a strange boy and they hit it off immediately.  Together they bring order out of the bedlam and became fast friends to boot.  Now Sophie imagines in two's.  How sweet!

About the author...

Growing up as one of seven siblings, the only peace and quiet I ever got was inside a book. Once I had my own kids, I rediscovered my love for picture books at the public library. It was the one place I knew all four of my kids would be happy . . . and quiet. I write from my home, where I live with my four little inspirations and my marathon-running husband, Rob.

About the illustrator...

Katia Wish is a children’s book writer and illustrator based in Boston, MA. She is currently working on illustrating two children’s books from Sky Pony Press and Boys Town Press, both to be released in Spring 2015. She is the winner of the 2011 Tomie DePaola Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
In addition to working on children’s books and magazines, Katia teaches illustration at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Katia’s work has been exhibited in galleries throughout New England.
Katia is originally from Belarus, where she grew up. The influences and sensibilities of both her home country and her experiences in the United States contribute to Katia's work.

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