Saturday, November 5, 2016

Gross Greg - a bookwrap

Let’s have a little fun today… after all… it’s the weekend!  Happy Saturday everyone and welcome to Storywraps - a cozy niche where you can wrap your mind and heart around a good book. 


Authored by Alvin Irby
Illustrated by Kelvin Ntukula
Ages: 3-6

Unwrapping some fun illustrations to enjoy...

About the book...

The mission of this book is :

"To inspire boys to read for fun and create a safe space in early childhood classrooms for children to laugh, be silly, and see themselves in a humourous picture book."

I think Alvin Irby's debut picture book is just the perfect recipe to have the above happen.  

Meet Greg,  he loves, loves, loves his boogers. He spends his days (and nights) digging, drilling, poking and mining these delicious little green nuggets and then he EATS THEM!  These green, slimy blobs are more precious to him than gold nuggets.  Everyone is totally grossed out by his behaviour - his classmates are disgusted, his little sister nearly throws up she each time she sees him scoff a booger, his teacher reprimands him severely for using booger props for his classroom assignments, his dad tries to teach him that it is disgusting behaviour ...  seems everyone is picking on him while he happily keeps on picking his schnozzle.  Do those warnings deter the little booger picker?  No way.  He calls his boogers his "delicious little sugars."  Pick! Pick! ... Yum! Yum!

He exclaims that they are healthy for you and should be taken daily after all they are packed with protein. He definitely refuses to share his with anyone... 

"No they're all mine!" (which is just fine I'm sure with everyone)  

The nickname he has been dubbed causes his chest to swell up with pride.  He is euphoric when he hears chants of "Gross Greg!" "Gross Greg!"

Can this serial booger-picker be rehabilitated?  Probably not.  Trying to fix him will it work?   It will snot make one fig of difference I'm sure.  After all  I hear that Booger Addiction is very, very hard to cure. If you look around a lot of adults you know still have it. 

Written in rhyme this book is a perfect read aloud.  I guarantee that  this noseworthy tale will be the pick of the lot because everybody nose it will be an hysterical read!   Highly recommended.  

Storywraps rating:  5 Storywraps hugs!!!!!

About the author...

Alvin Irby, a kindergarten teacher turned comedian, public speaker, social entrepreneur, and author, is Founder and Chief Reading Inspirer at Barbershop Books, an award-winning literacy program that creates child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops. His hilarious debut children’s book, Gross Greg, invites children, especially young boys of color, to laugh, be silly, and have fun while reading.
As the middle child of three rambunctious kids, Alvin quickly discovered his gift for making people laugh. His smart brand of comedy draws on his eclectic educational, professional, and life experiences. Since moving to New York City in 2007, Alvin has completed two Masters degrees, performed at comedy venues and colleges throughout the United States as well as taught in independent, district, and charter schools in New York City. He also served as Education Director at the Boys Club of New York .
As a national speaker and experienced workshop facilitator, Alvin has inspired thousands of educators, youth development leaders, and public officials. His diverse skill set and experience as a classroom teacher, nonprofit leader, author and comedian create a unique and memorable experience that participants find highly engaging, informative, and insightful.

About the illustrator...

Kevin Ntukula is an illustrator and motion graphics designer living in Sydney, Australia. He was born and raised in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Kevin illustrated the children’s book When Neema Went on a Journey and his animated film, Duel, was voted one of the best animations of 2016 at The Academy of Information Technology in Australia.

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