Monday, September 21, 2020

A Real Friend - a bookwrap



 Meet Benny and Max... BFFs forever!  Then the unthinkable happens... OH MY! 


A Real Friend

Authored by Jennifer Wolfthal

Illustrated by Judi Abbot

* Ages:  4-7

* Grade Level:  PS-2

* Hardcover:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Clavis; Illustrated Edition

* Pub. Date:  November 10, 2020

* Language:  English 

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You


The Book

Benny and Max love spending time together.  They are best friends and they play Alien Invaders, hide-and-seek and enjoy nutritious lunches together.  As they spend more and more time playing they come to the realization that you can't always have your own way and that the other guy just might like to have his own opinion on things too.  Eventually Max starts getting on Benny's nerves and he decides that's enough.   Exasperated Benny finally sends Max packing.  As Max heads home he shouts... 

"Good! You're not my best friend anymore!" 

"Good! I'll find a new best friend!" Benny yelled. 

Benny creatively constructs a robot using odds and ends from around his house and dubs him Jax.  Jax is a perfect companion but not a responsive "friend" like his ex-friend Max.  It's very heartwarming when the two once again reunite and appreciate each other's differences.  

This book celebrates the value of friendship and the importance of acceptance, problem solving and compromise.  The illustrations make the text come alive and kids will relate to the message.  I highly recommend this book.  

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Meet the Author and the Illustrator

Jennifer Wolfthal grew up in sunny South Florida, United States. As a child, you would find her immersed in anything creative - drawing, dancing, and playing teacher with her stuffed animal students. This passion for teaching and creativity followed her into her adult years, as she graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BA degree in Elementary Education. For the next eight years, Jennifer taught fourth grade in public school. During those years, she enjoyed instilling a love for writing inher students and found picture books to be a beautiful medium to accomplish this goal. She continued her teaching journey through homeschooling her own children. Currently, she resides in Central Florida with her husband Joseph and their three children.

Judi Abbot was born and raised in Italy. She studied illustration at the art school in Milan. Now, she lives with her family in London. Judy usually works with acrylics, collage and color pencils, but she is also good with digital media. Next to her work as an illustrator, Judy organizes creative workshops for children in bookshops and in libraries.

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