Tuesday, September 12, 2017

"Gracie LaRoo" - a bookwrap

Unwrapping Gracie's bio

Meet her teammates - "The Sprites"

Unwrapping today's book

"The Marvelous, Amazing, Pig-Tastic
"Gracie LaRoo" 

Authored by Marsha Qualey
Illustrated by Kristyna Litten

Ages:  5-7
Grades: 1-2

Unwrapping some sweet illustrations for you to enjoy

About the book

Gracie LaRoo is the youngest member of the pig synchronized swimming team. She is fantastic at what she does and she adores being part of the "Water Sprites" team.  Her favourite quote sums up her feelings to a "t"...

"I just hope I can be the kind of synchronized swimmer my team needs."

This wonderful book has four titles in the set:  Gracie LaRoo Goes To School, Gracie LaRoo Sets Sail, Gracie LaRoo On The Big Screen  and Gracie LaRoo Pig Julilee.  Each title has four chapters within.  

Gracie will take you on a journey where her heart is set on gaining a gold medal, she mesmerizes the crowd in a Piggywood movie, she demonstrates to her former coach at her old school how difficult (but rewarding) synchronized swimming is; and dazzles an entire audience on a cruise ship with her unique, Gracie LaRoo extravaganza. You go girl!!!!

The chapters are easy to read and kids will fall in love with Gracie as she relates her feelings of apprehension and lack of self-confidence only to press forward to victory.  

The illustrations are full of motion, expression and heart.  Kids will be cheering Gracie along as they discover the talent and grace she displays in her performances.  She is truly pig-tastic ... a pig extraordinaire!!! ....

💦💦 SPLASH!!!💦💦

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!

About the author

Marsha Qualey is also the author of several young adult novels that have been on many "Best of the Year" lists, including the American Library Association's "Best Books for Young Adults" and the New York Public Library's "Books for the Teen Age." She's won two Minnesota Book Awards for YA fiction, and her novel Thin Ice was a finalist for the Edgar Award. Most of her YA novels and her first novel for adults, Venom and the River, are now available as e-books.

Marsha taught for over a decade at Hamline University (St. Paul, Minnesota) in the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program. She is now retired and when she's not thinking up more adventures for Gracie Laroo, she's with her grandchildren and telling them stories.

About the illustrator

Kristyna studied Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art and graduated in 2010. She now lives in a beautiful village in Yorkshire. Her first picture book, Flint's Odd Socks, followed by Chickens Can't See In The Dark were highly commended for the Macmillan Prize two years  : running. Kristyna has written and illustrated the brilliant Blue & Bertie and Norton & Alpha for Simon & Schuster, and the stunning Ziggy and the Moonlight Show will publish in 2018. 

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