Monday, November 20, 2017

"Surprise!" - a bookwrap

We are invited to a surprise party!   SHHHHH!!!! No letting the secret out now.  Come and enjoy a sweet book about a special birthday celebration for Rabbit!  Come on let's knock and go in shall we?  


Authored and Illustrated by Mike Henson

Ages: 3-6
Grade Level:  PS-1

Editorial Review

"Very young children should have fun guessing what comes next after each blackout, and Henson's minimal text is pre-reader-friendly. Simply cute." - Kirkus Reviews

Unwrapping some fun illustrations for you

About the book

Rabbit's friends have a HUGE surprise for him but it's top secret.  Mom's the word. They invite him over and upon his arrival strange and magical things begin to happen.  The lights keep going on and off.  Whatever is happening he thinks?  Each time they re-appear a   brand new surprise awaits Rabbit.   

Lights on: His friends have donned funny costumes. Off!   Lights on: Everyone is grooving and disco-dancing under the shiny disco balls... Off!  Lights on: The circus is in town and everyone is an under-the-big-top performer! 

"Oh my! (thinks Rabbit)
This party is amazing!...
... Every time 
the light goes on.
there's a fantastic-"

Kids will try to guess what might be coming up next I'm sure.  The last surprise is best of all, it's the icing on the cake... literally!  Rabbit will be blown away by the generosity and love he receives from his friends. 

The book enables kids to interact, guess and predict future happenings.  Due to the simplicity of the text there is a ton of room for discussion and vocabulary development.  

The illustrations are colourful, vibrant and full of fun activity.  The book is not only a birthday celebration but a celebration of friendship and love.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating ... 5 HUGS!!!!!

About the author/illustrator

Mike Henson grew up in South Africa and from an early age always loved to draw. He now lives by the sea in Hampshire, England, with his wife and three children, who provide him with daily inspiration. Mike enjoys writing songs and children's stories, creating a mess in the kitchen, and making robots out of cardboard boxes. 

He is a designer, illustrator, musician and generally creative person, with wide experience across a range of print and digital media products including book covers and internal designs, marketing, brochures, flyers, posters, exhibition stands, and magazine ads.

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