The Boy in the Orange Cape
Authored by Adam Ciccio
illustrated by Emmanuel Volant.
* Ages: 5+
* Grade Level: 2-3
* Hardcover: 32 pages
* Reading Level: 5-10
* Publisher: Clavis
* Pub. Date: March 16, 2021
* Language: English
Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You
Each day brave Cory wears his beloved orange cape to school despite the bullying he receives from Billy, the school bully. Doing so makes him stick out like a sore thumb. The kids stare at him, think he's weird, and call his orange cape silly. Billy follows Cory around and rips his cape right off daily. Does that deter Cory from wearing another one the next day? No way. He proudly returns like a caped Superhero, and he is one. The other kids watch this happen but are afraid to intervene on Cory's behalf.
Then they discover why Cory is so adamant in wearing his orange cape every single day. Once they find out the reason the students rally around him in support, and in true solidarity they decide to come to school wearing capes also. Can you guess who is left out of the plan? Billy! I love that sweet Cory offers the bully forgiveness and bestows kindness towards him.
The message of the book is positive and I love that empathy and acceptance are woven throughout. The artwork is very well done and I was happy that the characters were portrayed as animals. I highly, highly recommend this book. It's a message that kids need to hear and internalize.
Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!
Meet the Author
Adam Ciccio (1983 - ) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Savannah, Georgia during his teen and young adult years. He graduated from St. Andrew's Preparatory School (Savannah, GA) in 2002. Adam graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH) in 2006. He then pursued a Master of Science in Psychological Counseling at Salem State University (Salem, MA), graduating in 2012. Adam owns and operates a mental health private practice for children andadults in Marblehead, Massachusetts, the same town where he currently resides. Adam's first book, "Anxious Andy," (Lulu Press, 2018) was developed as an introductory for parents and teachers to discuss the emotion of anxiety with children in early childhood, helping with early intervention of anxiety disorders. "Macie's Mirror" (Clavis, 2019), a story about a little girl breaking free of her own fixation of popularity and self-image, was inspired by Adam's first-born daughter, Charlotte.
About the Illustrator
Emmanuel Volant is a French illustrator and writer. His main work area of expertise relates to children's books. He also draws and creates posters, flyers, logos, et cetera. He currently resides in The Hague, The Netherlands
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