Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Poem in My Pocket - a bookwrap



Poem in My Pocket

Authored by Chris Tougas

Illustrated by Josée Bisaillon


* Ages:  4-7

* Grade Level:  PS-2

*Hardcover:  24 pages 

* Publisher:  Kids Can Press

* Pub. Date:  June 1, 2021

* Language: English 

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

"Rhyming, fanciful allegory of the creative writing process." 

A little girl's poem tumbles out of her ripped pocket and her word adventure begins. As she scrambles to retrieve them she finds they join up with other words haphazardly and create funny and imaginative possibilities when they land. 


She finally scoops up the word salad and tries to bring meaning back into her poem once more.  Oh no...... she loses them again to a rushing wind which releases them onto muddy ground where they plant themselves deep into the earth.  To her astonishment and pure delight her words are resurrected as a magical Poet-Tree.  Who knew?

The illustrations enrich the storyline greatly and visually celebrate the love of poetry. It highlights the playfulness of language and how fun it can be. This book is perfect to kick off National Poetry Month and to share on Poem in Your Pocket Day.  It is a book that both the young and the old will appreciate.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating -  5 HUGS!

Meet the Author

 Chris Tougas was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and moved to southern California when he was five years old. Chris practically grew up in his father's art studio. He was enamored with his dad's sculptures and would often sneak into the studio so that he could run his fingers over the latest masterpiece. But Chris's early talent was drawing. He drew every day and on everything (including on his sleeping sister!).

After high school, Chris majored in playwriting at the University of Alberta, before moving to Seattle to study fine arts and acting. These interests eventually led Chris back to California, where he studied character animation at the California Institute of the Arts.

Chris's first job out of college was with Disney Publishing in Burbank, where he was easily the least talented drawer on the floor. But Chris learned a lot from the experience, including the fact that he was a lousy employee. After leaving Disney, Chris worked as a freelance character designer and began pitching TV shows and movies around Hollywood. It was at this time that an idea for a children's book popped into his noggin, where it would lie dormant for two decades. 20 years after first writing the words Tinkle, Tinkle, Little Star, Chris finally decided to revisit the idea, and he's happy he did!

Chris is also the author and illustrator of several award-winning picture books, including Mechanimals, Art's Supplies, and the Dojo Daycare series.

About the Illustrator

As a young girl, Josée loved drawing cats and houses. She really enjoyed school and always returned home full of stories to tell (and, of course, to draw!). She liked being in the classroom so much that she pursued her education all the way to university, where she studied graphic design. It was there that she fell in love with illustration.

Since that time, with scissors and brushes in hand, Josée has illustrated more than 30 picture books. She also illustrates for magazines and newspapers.

Josée lives just outside of Montreal with her family, their hairless cat and many characters she created.

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