Wednesday, July 26, 2017

"Tricky" - a bookwrap


Created by Kari Rust

Age Range: 3-7
Grade Level: 1-3

Unwrapping some fabulous illustrations for you

About the book

Tricky and the Duke, his human, spend their days playing out dastardly deeds on the townsfolk and go home at night to laugh and scoff at their good efforts.  They trip people, steal, and cheat.  Accomplices together they sleep well at night and awake the next day to engage in even more mean pranks.  

Mrs. Paisley, the new baker in town, is their next target.  She is unaware of their buffoonery so she is perfect for their next schtick.  The Duke uses all his charm and manners to warmly welcome her to town while Tricky steals several loaves of bread right behind her back.  Unaware of their past thievery, Mrs. Paisley one day kindly offers Tricky a treat.  This generous and kind gesture starts Tricky to question his whole ciminal lifestyle.  No one has ever been kindhearted to him before and it moves his heart.  He then discovers that what he and the Duke are up to is dead WRONG! 

How is a dog to get that message across to his mean-spirited owner?  He needs to show him that what they are involved in can no longer be tolerated?  Well Tricky is very clever and he makes his point by playing tricks on the Duke himself. The Duke finally catches Tricky red-handed and gets very, very angry.  On the miserable, rainy night that Tricky is exposed the Duke kicks him out of the house for his punishment.  Where could he possibly go for shelter, comfort and acceptance?  Any ideas?  

The Duke, realizing his pet is gone forever and he tries to execute his dirty tricks all on his own but fails miserably.  It's no fun alone and utterly pointless without his faithful canine companion-in-crime.  Can he find redemption and change his ways finally leading to a respectable and honourable life like Tricky is now living? Is it possible to teach an old dog new tricks?  

The illustrations are engaging and add richness to the tale.  This book would be a great addition to a classroom or school library and a perfect catalyst to spark conversations on values and virtues.  I highly recommend this book.

Storywraps Rating - 5+++ HUGS!!!!!

About the author/illustrator

Kari Rust is a debut book author/illustrator with a background in character animation and design. Her hand-drawn, limited palette, digitally-colored images are full of warmth, style, and humor. A graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Kari lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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