Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hey, Coach! - a bookwrap

Soccer is played and held in high esteem throughout the world!  Adults, kids, everyone loves the game.  Today's book is a delightful tale about a group of adorable soccer newbies... they will melt your heart... enjoy!


"Hey, Coach!"

Authored by Linda Ashman
Illustrated by Kim Smith

Ages 3-8

Unwrapping some fabulous illustrations to behold...

About the book...

This book is an inspiring tale about a diverse group of  spunky young kids that have no idea how to play the game of soccer.  Their enthusiasm and determination to learn to play is incredible.  They ban together, cheer each other on and after many practices and set backs such as:  shin guards not staying on, a jersey that is way too long, shorts that are too loose, cleats too tight and perhaps a pinny that is on upside down, they beat all odds and finally beat their opponents. Brute determination leads them on to victory.  

Their loving, patient coach is forever their best mentor and cheerleader. He's always forgiving of their faux pas and forever there to support them come rain or shine.  

Written in rhyme the book's vibe is upbeat and energizing.  The illustrations are simply magic.  They depict a motley crew of adorable wanna-be soccer pros who actually have that dream fulfilled.   Filled with humour and a spirit of unconditional love from the coach this is a book that will warm your heart.  I highly recommend it.  

About the author...

In her own words...

"Hi there. I write books for kids—young ones. I also help others write picture books—through workshops, The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books, the SCBWI mentor program, and PictureBookBuilders, a group blog for writers and illustrators.
To me, a well-done picture book is a work of art. But the real magic happens when a picture book is shared—in a classroom, at the library, or between two people curled up on a couch—and a child laughs, asks questions, studies the illustrations and says “Read it again.”
I write picture books because—to paraphrase author Thomas Moore—I’d rather live in a bungalow of stories than a warehouse of facts. Sure, facts are important, but stories provoke us, amuse us, teach us, and connect us. Often, they change us."

Linda Ashman is the author of more than thirty picture books (published and forthcoming). Her books have been included on the “best of the year” lists of The New York Times, Parenting and Child magazines, the New York Public Library, Bank Street College of Education, and the International Reading Association. 
Linda grew up in New Jersey, worked in New York, and spent many years in Los Angeles and Denver. She now lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with her husband, Jack Hicks, their son Jackson, and their two dogs, Sammy and Stella.

About the illustrator...

Kim Smith is an illustrator based in Calgary, Alberta. Kim mostly creates children’s book illustrations but has also worked in games, apps, editorial, and animation! She loves a challenge! When she’s not illustrating, she can either be found working on a new project in her garage, snowshoeing around the Canadian rockies, or taking long walks with her border terrier, Whisky.

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