Monday, June 25, 2018

"The Reptile Club" - a bookwrap

This is Rory...

And these are his most favourite things in the whole, wide world...

Why are these favourites important?  Let me tell you why today on Storywraps.  


 "The Reptile Club"

Authored by Maureen Fergus
Illustrated by Elina Ellis

*Age Levels:  3-8
* Publisher: Kids Can Press 
*Pub. Date: September 4, 2018
* Language: English

Unwrapping some wonderful illustrations to enjoy

About the book

Rory is an adorable little character who discovers there are lots of clubs to join in his brand new school but none lure him in.  He talks about his problem to his parents and they suggest that perhaps he should start his own club.  His dad advises him to make it about something he loves. Mmmmmm... 

He is very passionate about reptiles so... a Reptile Club it is!  He prints off flyers to get the word out and he and his dad bake lizard-shaped lemon cookies the night before to hand out to the club members. Oh boy, he'll get lots of kids now. 

 When the lunch bells rings on Friday Rory is raring to go.... but alas no fellow reptile enthusiasts arrive to join.  Oh no! How can you have a club with no people?   Then just as he was about to give up he hears whispering in the hall and with heart thumping he runs to the door to see what's happening on the other side.  He gets the surprise of his life!  He comes face-to-face with a crocodile, an anaconda, and a gecko. They are Rory's first new members!  What a delightful surprise. 

Maureen Fergus is an award-winning author who spins the magical tale.  I love books that offer a clever twist and a play on words to catch the reader off guard.  So fun.  Throughout the book she weaves reptile facts such as: Raoul the crocodile sweats through his mouth, Miriam the anaconda weighs 514 pounds and can gulp a human down in one bite, and Pierre the gecko has no eyelids so he licks his eyeballs to keep them clean and moist.  Who knew?  Kids will love learning about these fascinating critters.  

The illustrations are amazing.  They are detailed, colourful, kid-friendly and engaging.  They pull the reader right into the story and enrich the text perfectly. "The Reptile Club"  is a delightful, inspiring book that encourages kids to confidently step out on their own and initiate the things that they are passionate about to others.  I love the book and highly recommend it. 

Storywraps Rating -  5 +++ HUGS!!!!!

Welcome to the Reptile Club! Hugs! All are welcome. 

Meet the author

Maureen never planned on becoming an award-winning author of books for kids of all ages. As a kid, her favorite subjects in school were science and math; she dreamed of becoming a doctor or an airline pilot. At university, she got degrees in science and business; afterwards, she had jobs in the aerospace, biopharmaceutical and financial services industries. She even taught business at college!
It wasn't until after she'd had her first baby that Maureen even thought about writing. The first time she sat down to give it a try, the most amazing thing happened: as she reached her hands toward the keyboard, it felt as though she were slipping on a pair of gloves that had been waiting for her since forever. She knew in a heartbeat that she was meant to be a writer, and from that moment until this, she has never stopped writing.

Maureen finds writing exhilarating, frustrating, satisfying, exhausting and hard. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages. Her novels include Exploits of a Reluctant (But Extremely Goodlooking) Hero, The Gypsy King trilogy and Ortega, which won the McNally Robinson Book for Young People award. Her picture books include the critically acclaimed Buddy and Earl series, InvisiBill and The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten, which won the Ontario Library Association Blue Spruce Award. Her books have been nominated for such prestigious national awards as the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award, the Canadian Children's Book Centre Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the Joan Betty Stuchner --- Oy Vey! --- Funniest Children's Book Award.

About the illustrator

Elina Ellis draws both digitally and using traditional media, creating her own books and illustrating books for others. She lives in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

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