Thursday, December 14, 2017

"Johnny" - a bookwrap

Johnny is a very sweet spider... but nobody knows it!  

Except you!!

(Once you've read this book, that is...)
A book filled with humour and heart
Spider lovers this one's for you!  


Created by Guido van Genechten

Ages:  3+
Grade Level:  PS+
Publisher:  Clavis (June 11, 2018) 

Unwrapping some sweet illustrations for you

About the book

Johnny is a black hairy spider.  Johnny has a sweet temperament  and a huge heart but nobody knows because when they see him they judge him  by his stinky, prickly, filthy, fat, ugly, scary appearance  (according to them)  and run screaming out the door.  

It's Johnny's third birthday and he has something very special to share but alas... the grasshopper sees him and yells, "EEK!" and jumps far away,  the bee buzzes,"AAACK!" and quickly whizzes away, the butterfly shouts, "EEK!" and flutters high in the sky, the snail reacts with, "UGH!"and withdraws into her little house, and the worm responds, "YUCK!" and crawls back under the ground.   Poor Johnny... nobody will even give him a chance to introduce himself.  All he wants to do is to share his birthday cake with everyone on his special day.  Finally after a few tears because of all the rejections he takes things into his own hands and celebrates it his own way.  BURRP!!!! 

Johnny is truly an adorable, lovable character.  The book reminds the reader not to judge a book by its cover (or perhaps a spider by his outward appearance) as it's the heart that is the most important thing to focus on not how one looks.  

Storywraps Rating ...  5 HUGS!!!!!

About the author/illustrator 

Guido van Genechten (1957, Belgium) studied drawing and painting, graphics and photography. Afterwards he worked for many years in the graphic industry. Now Guido works as a full time illustrator of children’s books. In 1998 he won the international Illustrator’s Award City of Hasselt with his picture book Ricky. This prize was the beginning of his international career as a children’s book illustrator. Since that moment, Guido van Genechten has created many best-selling stories and received several awards. In 2007 he was the winner of the Reader’s Digest Award for Best Children’s Book Illustrator. And in the past ten years his books were published in 30 countries around the world.

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