Monty's Special Day
Authored by Ellen Delange
Illustrated by Malgorzata Zajac
* Ages: 3+
* Grade Level: PS-2
* Hardcover: 32 pages
* Publisher: Clavis
* Pub. Date: November 27, 2020
* Language: English
International Publications will be available:
Dutch ( 02/2020)
Arabic ( Jordan, 2020 )
Danish ( 2020 )
Slovenian ( 2020 )
Monty is a blue, wide-eyed donkey who''s content with his life on the farm, among other loving animals. But someone left the gate open today, and Monty is tempted to wander. Curious by nature, he follows the examples set by a moose and some geese before realizing that he''s not at home among beavers and squirrels. Monty is more than happy when his adventures lead him home.The book''s active, bright illustrations celebrate both exploration and being happy where you are." - Foreword Reviews "
Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You
Monty is an adorable little donkey who is happy with his farm life and the variety of animals he is lucky enough to have as his friends. One day he discovers that someone has left the gate wide open and his curiosity gets the best of him and out he goes on an adventure. He encounters different creatures on his undertaking: wild geese flying overhead, a moose eating some juicy berries, some rowdy squirrels gathering seeds and nuts, and some busy beavers cutting down trees with their sharp teeth.
Monty is out of breath and exhausted now and lays down for a little rest. The geese return and point him in the direction of home. Thank goodness! Monty realizes that although it's fun to escape from your every day surroundings and life it's even more fun to return to the comfort and safety of your own sweet home. He learns that home is where his heart is.
The illustrations enrich the message of the text and are colourful and detailed. This is how the story of Monty's Special Day originated in the author's own words:
"I often pass a farmhouse that’s located near a small river. In the meadow lives a friendly donkey. He always walks the same loop, but sometimes I see him standing still, looking up. Once, I wondered what he was looking at. Could it be the geese flying overhead?
I imagined that one day his curiosity would prompt him to follow the birds, to find out where they are going.
His typical donkey day then turns out to be a special day, and he can’t wait to share his adventure with his friends.
That’s how the story of Monty’s Special Day came to be. "
I highly recommend this book.
Meet the Author
Ellen DeLange has been fascinated by picture books ever since she was a child growing up in the Netherlands. In the attic of her home she assembled a small library and shared her collection with friends and family. As an adult she started traveling and expanded her library with picture books from all over the world. Ellen also enjoyed inventing her own stories and was encouraged by her daughter to write her first picture book, A Story with a Tale. Ellen has a doctorate in medical sciences, and currently lives in Canada where she loves to walk in the woods with her Jack Russell terriers, drink lots of tea after a busy day, and sail on the ocean to clear her mind. When I Look Up is her third book.
About the Illustrator
Malgosia Zajac is a polish illustrator. She lives with her family in a very old polish city called Krakow.
This city is well known for it’s famous dragon (unfortunately not in good shape anymore) and for “Wawel” royal castle (still in very good shape).
She strongly believes that imagination is the most important thing in her artistic live. Her head is always full of all kind of creatures, imaginary friends, magical worlds and incredible storys. She uses her skills and different techniques to create nonexistent worlds on paper in her illustrations.
The shelves in her workshop are full of beautiful books, illustrated by her favorite artists from all over the world. She admires them and still learns something new from them. Malgosia dreams that one day, her illustrated books will be on someones favorite shelve too. https://www.instagram.com/bigdotillustrations/
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