Friday, June 1, 2018

"Love Agnes" - a bookwrap


"Love Agnes"
Postcards From An Octopus

Authored by Irene Latham
Illusrated by Thea Baker

Ages Range: 5-9
Grade Level: 1-2
Publisher:  Millbrook Pr
Release date: October 1, 2018
Language:  English

Unwrapping some great illustrations for you to enjoy

About the book

Agnes is a giant Pacific octopus.  One day she discovers a random postcard on the ocean floor and decides to respond to it.  Pen in tentacle she becomes quite a prolific corresponder.  She writes postcards to other seafaring animals and to the human that was responsible for the original postcard that she found.

The postcards introduce the young reader to the lifecycle of the Agnes.  She imparts information about her life and her feelings  through her series of her writings.  This is a fun and ingenious way to be educated about this (according to the dictionary) - cephalopod mollusk with eight sucker-bearing arms, a soft saclike body, strong beaklike jaws, and no internal shell. Now that's a great definition for you. 

I love the illusrations. They are expressive and vibrant pulling the reader into the story and enriching the text greatly. The author has cleverly included further information for exploration of this species citing websites and books that readily available for that purpose.  I like the book a lot and would definitely recommend it.

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About the author 

Irene Latham is the author of more than a dozen current and forthcoming books, including two novels for children: Leaving Gee's Bend and Don't Feed the Boy. Winner of the 2016 ILA Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award, her poetry books for children include Dear Wandering Wildebeest, When the Sun Shines on Antarctica, Fresh Delicious and Can I Touch Your Hair? (co-written with Charles Waters). Irene lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her family where she does her best to “live her poem” every single day by laughing, playing the cello, and walking in the woods.

Meet the illustrator

I’m originally from Somerset in the UK. I moved to Australia with my Australian husband. We have one lovely daughter and one ditsy dog. Our house is surrounded (sometimes in a very literal sense) by some loud and colourful Australian wildlife.
I studied at Falmouth College of Arts where I obtained my BA (Hons) in Illustration. My style is a mix of drawing, acrylic paint, collage and digital media.
Clients include Walker Books, Lerner Books, SPCK Publishing, Sparkhouse Family and The Five Mile Press.

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