Tuesday, July 3, 2018

"The Steves" - a bookwrap

Hello, I'm Steve.  

Oh, oh... there's another Steve.  Come join them as they figure out who is the Stevest Steve?  You going to love this one.


Authored and illustrated by Morag Hood

*Age Range:  4-8
* Grade Level:  1-4
* Hardcover: 32 pages
* Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
* Pub. Date: September 4, 2018. 

Some fun illustrations for you to smile at

About the book

Steve the Puffin has met his match... another Puffin named Steve.  Really?  Two Steves?  Oh my.  Let the competition begin.  Each try to out-Steve the other by touting their abilities.  A huge argument ensues with shouting and name-calling.  I'm the oldest, the wiser, the taller, I can catch more fish than you.  I'm the fastest, the strongest...  therefore "I AM STEVE".  

Attitudes and their words take a deep dive.  The Puffins get more personal and insulting.  One Steve accuses the other of having WEIRD FEET and the other Steve fires back that his adversary smells like poo so he is POO STEVE.  Oh goodness,  this is getting way out of hand and both their feelings get hurt because those mean words cross the line. 

Realizing how hurtful their words have become they decide to call a truce, apologize to each other, and become friends.  What could they do together that would heal their tattered state of minds and hearts? Ahhhh... bowling is just the thing!  The author adds a wonderful twist at the end of the story that will make kids (and adults) giggle. 

This scenario is very typical of kids at this age level as they vie for superiority amongst their friends.  The book lends a wonderful positive message that although you may argue and disagree with one another it is always possible to make amends, gain peace in a relationship and ultimately make a new friend. This book is a perfect catalyst for a discussion on civility, acceptance and friendship.  I highly recommend this book.  I love it.  

Storywraps Rating-  5 +++ HUGS!!!!!

About the author/illustrator

Morag Hood has a unique voice. Her idiosyncratic, wry humour permeates everything she does, creating books of style and irresistible charm. Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea was a runner-up in The Macmillan Prize for Illustration, marking a glorious picture book debut. Morag spent her childhood writing stories, painting, and dreaming of having a pet duck. Following a degree in Costume Design from Wimbledon College of Art, and an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art, Morag returned to live in her native Edinburgh with her husband. She still likes making stories, printing, cutting and sticking, and freshly sharpened pencils. The pet duck is yet to make an appearance.

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