Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Diary of Oscar Rabbit - a bookwrap

So many of us keep a personal diary, not only to document our exciting life journey but to keep ourselves on track in life.  Today's charming book records a peek into Oscar Rabbit's life.... I know you will enjoy this one!


Authored and illustrated by Melinda Kinsman

About the book...

This enjoyable book is a perfect bedtime story.  All curled up together under the bed covers, it is perfect as a read aloud or for a beginner reader. It is appropriate for ages 4-8. ( It is a Top of The Wardrobe Gang Diaries Book 1).

The week is busy as the Top of the Wardrobe Gang prepare for a visit to a pool, of all places.  Oh my.  Can fuzzy stuffed toys really prepare for such a thing?    Well they all seem to get onboard with the vision and are super excited about the new adventure that awaits them. Each receive their own bathing suit and are continually clucking and chattering away while totally neglecting their daily duties and responsibilities.  It's all about the pool people!  

Oscar Rabbit does not share their vision or enthusiasm as he is positive they are asking for BIG trouble.  After all won't they all get soggy and heavy in the water and just sink to the bottom .... helpless? 

Ignoring the Negative Nancy attitude of Oscar Rabbit the toys all take the plunge.....and can you guess what happens next?  Oh my!  Was Oscar Rabbit right?  Did this highly anticipated excursion turn into a disaster?  You will have to read to see, no spoilers here. 

Kid's will love the antics of the adorable gang and will readily concur with that sense of anticipation and wonder that only a brand new escapade (and dare I add...risky venture) can bring to them.  The book invites you along to the pool party with the gang.  The book is written in diary form and may encourage your child to start a diary of her/his own.  I am sure both young and old will love the storyline and the illustrations are full of action, expression and very well done.  I look forward to the next book in the series. 

Unwrapping the author...

Melinda Kinsman lives on a small peninsular called The Wirral, in North West England. She loves climbing mountains and rock-climbing (both abroad, and in her local mountains of Snowdonia), and she has always had a soft-spot for cuddly toys!

As Melinda has to lie down a lot each day, due to health issues, she spends most of that time using her iPad to write and illustrate her books. (Drawing can be especially challenging, as she needs to keep the iPad steady by balancing it with one leg up in the air - much to the amusement of her family!)

Melinda originally wrote a book of poems for her 6 year old niece a few years ago, but never dreamt of trying to publish them, or of trying to illustrate them herself. The advent of ebooks and handheld tablets now makes self-publishing an exciting possibility for her!

The Top of the Wardrobe Gang series of books are credited to both Melinda and a motley crew of cuddly toy characters. This bunch of cuddly toys live on the Top of the Wardrobe - they like to call this the "penthouse suite"! They enjoy reading, and want to try writing their own books. Most of the cartoon gang characters are based on "real" members of Melinda's cuddly toy family, though some have had to have their names and appearances changed to allow their inclusion!

You can find out more about Melinda, the gang, and their books from their website at http://topofthewardrobegang.weebly.com

Read on and read always!

It's a wrap.

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