Thursday, March 22, 2018

"Izzy Gizmo" - a bookwrap


"Izzy Gizmo"

Illustrated by: Sara Ogilvie
For Ages: 1 - 99

What others are saying

‘If you’re looking for a new book with a determined, strong female role model then this is for you’ Being a Mummy blog

‘This was such a fun book. We need more books with girl inventors!’ Twirling Book Princess blog

‘This exuberantly riotous story… blends the fun of rhyme with the touching friendship between a charismatic crow and a never-say-die young inventor’Lancashire Evening Post

‘A lovely story of ingenuity and determination’ Parents in Touch

‘I doubt many will fail to fall for Izzy and her mechanical mind. Pip Jones’ rhyming narrative is a cracker to read aloud and Sara Ogilvie’s imagination must be almost as fertile as young Izzy’s… A real riot.’ Red Reading Hub blog

‘Jones’s loping, engaging rhymes and Ogilvie’s vivacious images evoke both inspiration and frustration’ The Guardian

Unwrapping some amazing illustrations for you to enjoy

About the book

Izzy Gizmo is an unshakable young female character that never , ever gives up. She has 'exploring and inventing' embedded her very DNA.  She loves to take things apart, tinker with random objects, imagine, dream and create cool gadgets like the Tea-Mendous and the Swirly-Spagsonic, just to name a few.  

She lives with her Grandpa who delights in her experiments and is a huge fan of her ever-probing mind. It"s a mind-set to design something super spectacular.  Unfortunately, sometimes those inventions don't work out like Izzy plans and she becomes cross and wants to shelf her project and walk away.  Her Grandpa always senses her frustration and encourages her to try and try again  assuring her that she can do it.  

One day a crow drops out of the clouds and takes a tumble right in front or her.  She scoops him up and discovers his wing is broken, poor, poor thing.  Eureka!!! She realizes that this is a perfect opportunity for a brand new invention.  Can you guess what she might be thinking of creating? 

 Yep, she decides to make an artificial wing for her crow enabling him to get airborne and happy one more time.  Can she do it?  Is it even doable?  With plenty of perserverance and empathy Izzy conquers that challenge and becomes a superhero in the eyes of both her Grandpa and her beloved crow!!  She is a genius extraordinaire!!  

This book is written in rhyme and the illustrations are stupendous.  They are quirky, filled full of action, emotion and lots of fun detail.  This empowering book is perfect for girls of all ages. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley for an honest review. 

Storywraps Rating -  5 HUGS++!!!!!

About the author

Pip lives in the West of England, with her partner and two children. Pip's prize-winning rhyming series about Squishy McFluff: The Invisible Cat! was inspired by her daughter, who discovered her own imaginary kitten as a toddler. Piggy Handsome, the first in a new 7+ series, was the Observer Children's Book of the Week in August 2017. Pip also writes picture books: the Ruby Roo Story series includes Daddy's Sandwich (shortlisted in the 2015 Sainsbury's Children's Book Awards), The Chocolate Monster and Quick, Barney… RUN! (coming June 2018). Pip's latest picture book, Izzy Gizmo (shortlisted in the 2017 Sainsbury's Children's Book Awards) is an inspiring tale about a little girl inventor, written in rhyme.

Meet the illustrator

Sara Ogilvie is an award-winning illustrator and printmaker who won the 2011 Booktrust Best New Illustrator Award. The first picture book that she illustrated, Dogs Don't Do Ballet, was also shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. In addition to working on her picture books, Sara lectures in Illustration and Graphic Design at Northumbria University and continues to create work that is exhibited worldwide. She is inspired by many things including second-hand bookshops, old wives tales and trying to spell sounds. Sara lives in Newcastle upon Tyne.

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