Monday, September 19, 2016

When Dad Showed Me The Universe - a bookwrap


"When Dad Showed Me The Universe"

Authored by Ulf Stark and Illustrated by Eva Ericsson

Ages 5+
Origin : Sweden

Illustrations for you to adore...

Oh nooooooooo!!!!

About the book...

This modern Swedish classic is now translated into English for us to enjoy.  This book has a strong narrative and soft, classic illustrations for both young and old to delight in.  This would be a perfect book for sons, fathers, or grandfathers as it celebrates the special bond between males.  Ulf Stark is noted for his incredible sense of humour and this book will not disappoint.  

A little boy is taken by his father to ogle the majesty of the universe one star-studded night.  The father prepares for the journey by making sure both he and his son are bundled up nice and warm, that provisions are purchased and tucked safely inside his pocket and that the trek is safe and memorable.  All seems to be going to plan and then a hilarious twist brings the father back down to reality.  He receives a lesson that gets his head out of the clouds and makes him realize that the most important things are right back on earth, right under your nose!

The ending will have you in stitches, guaranteed.  As you sit and  reflect on the book you will understand the author's message to his readers:  "Sometimes the journey is more important than the destination, and sometimes the biggest lessons happen when you lease expect them."  I highly recommend this book... it deserves a Storywrap hug!

About the author...

Since his first book, Nutcases and Norms, Ulf Stark has written around 30 books for children and young adults, as well as a number of film, TV and theatre scripts. He has won many prizes in Sweden and internationally. Books by Ulf Stark have been translated into more than 20 languages and he has twice been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen prize. He wrote "My Friend Percy" chapter books, published in English by Gecko Press. 

Awards include:

Winner of Bonniers Junior children’s book competition 1984, with Dårfinkar och dönickar [Nutcases and norms]
Sweden’s author’s stipendium 1985
Zilveren Griffel, Holland 1986
Children's Book Choice, Belgium 1986
Nils Holgersson-award 1988 for Jaguaren [The Jaguar]
Literature children and young adult stipendium 1990
Astrid Lindgren prize 1993
Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 1994 for Kan du vissla Johanna? [Can you whistle Johanna?]
Expressen, Heffalump prize 1995 for Storebrorsan [Big brother]
Nominated for H.C. Andersen prize 1996
August prize 1996 för Min syster är en ängel [My sister is an angel]

About the illustrator...

Eva Ericksson is one of Sweden's best-loved illustrators of picture books.  She has received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the prestigious August Prize.  She is the illustrator of a number of Gecko Press books, including "My Happy Life", "Watch Out for the Crocodile", and "The Best Singer in the World."

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