Wednesday, February 28, 2018

"Pandora's Box" - a bookwrap

Let's open the box... wanna? 


Author: Julia Dweck
Illustrator: Chris Robertson

Imprint: Xist Publishing
Ages:  3+

Unwrapping some fun illustrations for you

About the book

The author's latest book tells the story of a curious little penguin who discovers a beautiful golden box in the icy waters of the Pole. It is written in rhyme and is an entertaining read with a great life lesson tucked within.    

Her name is Pandora and she is different from her brothers and sisters.   When they walk and waddle like bowling pins, she strikes a smooth and swift stride, when they turn to the left to hunt for food she turns to the right showing them her uniqueness and independence.  But once away from the others she is involved in a mishap which sends her tumbling through the ice and rocks.  She finds herself submerged under the icy water where she encounters a mysterious golden box.  She is in survival mode and needs to ascend quickly.  

Finally she manages to surface and oddly enough, so does the box, still encased in a block of ice.  What should she to do with it she wonders?  Being the curious little penguin that she is, and hearing thumps coming from inside the box, she decides to pry it open and take a peek inside.  Oh my!!!! Is that a good idea? 

The humpbacks, the soaring birds and the other penguins discourage her from doing so but she is determined to find out what danger... or treasure may be hidden deep inside.  The others seeing how much Pandora wants to see what's inside gather around her and help her achieve her goal.  

The box is finally open thanks to everyone pitching in and what energetically emerges is truly magical and truly extraordinary.  The animals discover something above and beyond anything they could have ever guessed or even imagined.  

The book encourages readers to think for themselves, be brave, don't ever give up and be the unique and awesome person you were created to be.  Pandora's box is filled full of bold, expressive, fun illusrations that encourage everyone to think out of the box. Who knows what magic you may unleash!!

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!

Introducing the author

Julia Dweck is a published author of children's books for digital and print publication. Her stories span the spectrum of humor, fantasy and edutainment in rhyme and in prose. 

Julia's background in elementary education affords her the opportunity to be in touch with what children want to read and what makes them giggle. She's collaborated with leading illustrators in the world of children's literature to produce over 30 books. Her titles have garnered placement on Amazon's bestsellers lists, "Kindle Daily Deals" and customer top rated lists. 

In her spare time, Julia is a designer of educational adjuncts for children's literature, and has worked with such notable publishing houses as Penguin Young Readers. She presented at the 2012 National Center for Family Literacy for her creative use of technology in the classroom. 

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About the illustrator

Chris Robertson is just a big kid at heart who happens to write and draw Children's Picture Books. His first Little Golden Book, "The Tickle Book" by Heidi Kilgras debuts in May '17. "Giraffes Ruin Everything" by Heidi Schulz from Bloomsbury Publishing and "Where Do Pants Go? by Rebecca Van Slyke from Sterling both were released in Spring '16. 

His book, "Harry and the Hot Lava" speaks directly to the imagination of a child, while "My Yellow Umbrella" hit the #1 spot on Amazon's Bestseller list for Baby & Toddler Color Books, Bedtime and Dreaming and Children's Game Books.

Chris's other books include the Amazon's Best Sellers, "I'll Trade My Peanut-Butter Sandwich" and "Kit and Kaboodle". He broke into the Children's book field in 2005 with "Little Miss Liberty" published by Chronicle Books then subsequently by Scholastic Books in paperback. 

Chris's whimsical cartoon style feels light-hearted and carefree which seems to perfectly match his humorous writing style. He lives in Pasadena with his wife and three boys.

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