Thursday, July 9, 2020

Calvin Gets the Last Word - a bookwrap


Calvin Gets the Last Word

by Margo Sorenson
Illustrated by Mike Deas

* Ages:  4-8
* Grade Level:  2-3
* Hardcover:  32 pages
* Publisher:  Tilbury House Publishers; 1 edition
* Pub. Date:  October 6, 2020
* Language:  English

Editorial Reviews

As a word nerd, I *love* that the narrator of CALVIN GETS THE LAST WORD by Margo Sorenson & Mike Deas is a DICTIONARY! Hilarious story & fun illustrations, launches Oct. 6 from Tilbury House Publishers"--Debbie Ridpath Ohi, author-illustrator of I'M BORED and many other children's picture books

"I am so glad I gotto read this! It's positively adorable and wonderfully unique. I love that it'stold from the dictionary's perspective, which is a great twist. Plus, there aresome fun words to learn, woven in perfectly to the story. Calvin's relationshipwith his brother is authentic and made me giggle. Little boys with milksquirting out their noses? Totally funny and accompanied by illustrations thatmade me smile, and I know kids will crack up! Speaking of illustrations, MikeDeas does a great job bringing the household and school to life, with greatlittle details readers will enjoy exploring right alongside the new words.Overall, a wonderful book, heartfelt and fun, and perfect for classroom read orat home with some siblings :)" --Meradeth Houston, author, THE COINCIDENCE-MAKERS

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You to Enjoy 

The Book 

This delightful unique book is narrated by a very tired dictionary.  Why is he so exhausted?  Calvin, his owner, is always searching for the proper word to describe his mischievious big brother. 

Calvin takes his dictionary everywhere with him trying to find the perfect word.  Which one would be apropos for a scallywag who tells a joke when your mouth is full of milk causing you to laugh so hard that the milk shoots all over the breakfast table?  It's payback time.  Calvin keeps probing the pages. Will he be successful? 

Being someone who also loves words and working with words daily I can totally identify with Calvin. It's so important to choose the correct one.  The author weaves large bold coloured words throughout the book that pop out at the reader. No, they are not a proper fit to describe his brother so Calvin presses on!  Highlighting those select words hopefully will prod the reader to discover their mean which will increase their own vocabulary skills.     

The illustrations are kid-friendly, full of expression and detail.   I love this heartwarming book as it blends fun, education, imagination, and a love of family into the tale.  Highly recommended.   

Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!

Meet the Author

Margo Sorenson raised two daughters and taught middle and high school before becoming a full-time writer. She is the author of more than 30 books for children from toddler age through high school.

About the Illustrator

Mike Deas (Salt Spring Island, British Columbia) worked as a concept artist, texture artist, and art lead in the video game industry in England and California before returning to his native Canada. He is the illustrator of The Buddy Bench and Gloria's Big Problem.

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