Thursday, December 12, 2019

"Going Up" - a bookwrap

Everyone loves a great party... especially a BIRTHDAY PARTY!  And guess what?  Even though the invitation is for Leonard and Sophie they assure us that we are invited too!  Yea! Are you free Saturday?  Let's go and have some fun shall we?  


"Going Up!"

Authored by Sherry J. Lee
Illustrated by Charlene Chua

 * Ages:  5-6
* Grade Level:  PS-2
* Hardcover:  40 pages
* Publisher:  Kids Can Press
* Pub. Date:  April 7, 2020

Unwrapping some Phenomenal Illustrations

Unwrapping the Story

This is the author's debut book and it is a wonderful one.  Sophie and her dad Leonard have been invited to Olive's birthday party and together they bake cookies for the occasion.  The party is happening on the 10th floor party room so it will be easy-peazy to get there... just hop on the elevator outside their door and push button # 10.  Going up!  

Dad allows Sophie to push the button because that is her favourite part of the ride.  As the elevator ascends more and more people squish inside.  There are all sorts of sizes, ages, shapes, and nationalities heading UP and guess what?  They all know each other. The diversity of the crowd is awesome.  It seems the entire apartment building has gotten an invitation to this fabulous party.  When not one more person ( or pet, musical instrument, yummy food, or gift ) can wiggle in... voilà they arrive at floor #10 and spill out into the hallway arriving at their destination. 

When you discover who the birthday girl is I'm sure it will cause some giggles.  The illustrations are simply fantastic.  They are colourful, full of detail and expression and accentuate the vibe of a  fun-loving, super happy group of people partying heartily.  I love how the book highlights the sense of community and the importance of acceptance from all the people who gather there.  Not only is this a great book for home use but I recommend it for classrooms and libraries.  The book's tall, narrow trim size adds to the effect of the rising elevator.  Highly recommended by Storywraps.  

Storywraps Rating - 5+++HUGS!!!!!

Meet the Author

Sherry J. Lee has worked in the book industry for many years, first as a bookseller and then in publishing. Sherry lives in Toronto with her husband. Going Up! is her debut picture book.

About the Illustrator

Charlene Chua started work in 1998 as a web designer, and went on to become a senior designer, web producer and interactive project manager. However, what she really wanted to do was draw pictures all day. In 2003, she decided to give it a go, and after a few years she became a full-time illustrator. Originally from Singapore, Charlene now lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with her husband and their two cats.

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