Wednesday, May 17, 2017

"Stinker" - a bookwrap

Know why this lady is holding her nose?  Can you guess?  Today's featured book is why.  Enjoy and smile! 



Authored by David Zeltser
Illustrated by Julia Patton

Ages 8-12
Grade Level: 3-7

Unwrapping some fun illustrations for you...

About the book...

What a heartwarming book.  I love a happily ever after ending and so does the snarky tomcat that is narrating the story, who by the way only does happy endings. 

Stinker, true to his name, has flatulent problems big time.  He passes stinky gas constantly and has spent most of his life in the pound because of it.  His first snobby owner is mortified and sends him off to a caged-up life.  Multiple other people adore the delightful little guy and take him home, but alas, his gas explosions get the best of them and back he goes to the pound.

A spirited tomcat seeing Stinky's plight takes it upon himself to team up with the poor rejected pup,  help plan his escape and finds him a forever home.  It's a home where he is accepted super smelly and loved unconditionally.  

The illustrations are whimsical, colourful and can actually stand on their own to tell the story.   They enrich the text and visually add lots of humour and fun to the tale.  Kids love potty language and experiences so I know this theme will be a great hit making them giggle and laugh as the story is shared.   

About the author...

David Zeltser is the author of the chapter books Lug: Dawn of the Ice Age and Lug: Blast from the North. The novels satirize mankind’s response to climate change and have been praised by Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal and Al Gore, who called the first book “a great combination of humor and powerful insight.” David’s first picture book, Ninja Baby, was the Magnolia State Book Award runner-up, featured in USA Today, and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which called it “a funny and pitch-perfect story.” It was illustrated by Caldecott Honor-winning artist Diane Goode and published by Chronicle Books. David now has four picture books forthcoming from HarperCollins, Lerner, and Random House. He also co-wrote the screenplay Solo, which will be directed by Joseph Greco and Executive Produced by Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy).

David emigrated from the former Soviet Union at age five. After graduating from Harvard in physics, he was admitted to vet school to study wildlife medicine, but ultimately came back to his first love--storytelling. David has banded dozens of species of birds, rounded up giraffes with a pickup truck, and helped care for a baby rhino named Emmitt. But by far his wildest experience was the arrival of his daughter (a.k.a. Ninja Baby). He lives with his wife (Fiona), daughter (Naomi) and dog (Ella), in Santa Cruz, California. David and Fiona, along with their friend Julia Chiapella, spearheaded the creation of the Chamber of Heart and Mystery and the accompanying Word Lab. This is the Santa Cruz Young Writers Program’s nonprofit tutoring and writing center for underserved kids, located at the Museum of Art and History.

About the illustrator...

My studio is a rustic woodshed in a field in the wilds of Northumberland.

I am an award-winning author and illustrator with over 35 picture books and educational titles published internationally. 

With a BA (Hons) in Textile Design; Embroidery from Manchester Metropolitan University and an MA in Illustration from The University of Edinburgh, my work is a combination of collage, traditional drawing and digital media.

When not illustrating you will find me building tree houses, growing vegetables and hand making sketchbooks to fill with new stories, characters and adventures...   

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