Wednesday, February 5, 2020

"Babbit and Joan. a Rabbit and a Phone" - a bookwrap


Babbit & Joan, a Rabbit and a Phone

by Denise Turu

* Ages:  3-7
* Hardcover:  40 pages
* Publisher:  Flyaway Books
* Pub. Date:  April 14, 2020
* Language:  English

Editorial Review

"This age of technology is amazing. With all its inventive supply, we are never left with down time. While it is great for bringing a whole wider world into close-up view, it has also widened the blurred focus of those things that were actually close. This cute story takes up this obsessive love affair with our phones. Babbit realizes his thoughtless use of his phone, and he finds new adventures and friends he had not imagined."
—Story Monsters Ink

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The Book

"It all began when the phones went on strike." 

Joan, Babbit's phone, is exhausted.  She's been taking photos and texting all day for him... and everyday.  She needs a well deserved rest and a hiatus away from her friend.  Understanding her plight Babbit carefully tucks  her in for a nap and steps outside totally phoneless!  Oh my!  

He decides to take a walk in the forest and immediately discovers a whole new world around him. It's a world that's been there all along but he has been so engaged utilizing his phone that he has missed all its magic.  He is spellbound by his surroundings and soaks it all in.  He then comes to the realization that he is totally lost and has no idea how to get back home without his beloved phone.  He keeps on walking and bumps into a bear and a little bird who also are without their phones and lost too.  

The three use teamwork and their smarts to find their way back to town (no Google maps or GPS tech devices for them).  On his return Babbit finds that Joan seems destressed, well-rested and  much happier.  They both decide that from time to time they need a break from each other and concur that it is positive thing for both parties to do.  

The illustrations are colourful, expressive and appealing.  The overall message is uplifting and freeing.  It reinforces that friendships in real time are wonderful and outdoor adventures can be exhilarating and educational.  It encourages every one with a phone to take a break, put it down, and get a real life.     

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!

Meet the Author

  Denise Turu is the illustrator of Who Is My Neighbor? by Amy-Jill Levine and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, as well as both author and illustrator of numerous picture books and graphic novels. Her work has been exhibited around the world. 

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