Moving can be a very scary thing. Leaving behind all your friends, familiar places you hang out, your local school and other family members can be very stressful especially if you don't want to move. Today's book touches on that subject. Luckily it has a "happily ever after ending"... at least until the next move. Enjoy!
"Milo and Georgie"
Authored by Bree Galbraith
Illustrated by Josée Bisaillon
About the book...
Milo and Georgie's mom just got a new job. They all go out for ice cream to celebrate and she has breaking news... her job is in another city. Georgie is delighted with the announcement but Milo's heart melts. He retreats and vows:
"I will never smile again, never laugh, and never eat ice cream."
Oh my! In the following weeks Milo does all the "lasts" before leaving. He plays baseball for the last time, throws his last pitch, hits his last home run and weans himself from having fun forever.
At their new home Milo stays inside refusing to go out and mopes about indoors his. His indifferent attitude is good with Georgie for a while but she starts to get antsy and longs to explore their new neighbourhood. She pleads with her big brother:
"Please take me outside, Milo, I'll be super good."
Milo finally grants his little sister her wish but with some restrictions. He ties Georgie to the end of a huge ball of yarn and she must agree to come home when he tugs the string twice. Weeks pass and Georgie sticks to the rules and everything is going great. On one especially hot summer day Milo gives a tug ... no Georgie... another tug... still no response. Milo takes it upon himself to leave his safe space and go out and hunt for his little sister. Whatever could have happened to her? Where could she be?
This turn of events is a turning point in Milo's life. He steps outside into the unknown and discovers a whole new world of caring happy people who help him track down his beloved Georgie enabling him to smile once again and enjoy his life.
This heartwarming story has whimsical detailed illustrations that truly enrich the book. The storyline promotes strong family ties, the importance of community, and how you cope with big changes in your life such as moving. New adventures can be exciting and fun if you open up your heart to them and embrace unfamiliar things and places around you. I highly recommend this book.
Storywraps rating..... 5 HUGS!!!!!
About the author...
Bree is the mom of two growing boys, a Master of Design graduate from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, a Phd candidate in Communications at SFU, and a published children’s book author. Her debut picture book, Once Upon a Balloon, has received amazing reviews… especially among the 5-8 year-old crowd, and she continues to write at a feverish pace whenever a spare moment presents itself. Her second book, Milo and Georgie, is due out in 2017, and third book, Usha and the Wall, will follow in 2018, both with Owl Kids Books.
Deeply immersed in the arts + culture scene, Bree and her children can often be found discussing the grand narrative behind many of Vancouver’s latest art and design exhibitions. No children allowed? That’s not in her vocabulary.
About the illustrator...
Josée Bisaillon was born in 1982 in St-Hyacinthe, Canada. Little girl, she loved to draw cats and houses. She also cut out everything made of paper she could find around her.
After studies in computer graphics, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in graphic design in 2005. This is where she fell in love with illustration. Since then, she has illustrated more than 20 picture books and has done numerous editorial illustrations for magazines and newspapers.
Her work has received recognition from Applied Arts, American Illustration and Society of Illustrator NY, to name just a few. She was also shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Awards in 2008 and 2010, in Canada.
Josée lives in a nice little house in the suburbs of Montreal with her husband and their three charming children. She still loves drawing cats and cutting out everything made of paper she can find.
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