Friday, February 19, 2021

"Gemma and the Giant Girl" - a bookwrap



I'd like you to meet Gemma. Her incredible adventure changes her isolated stay-at-home view into a worldwide one.  An exquisite new picture book from the author of the beloved This Is Sadie about a little doll whose worldview is about to get a whole lot bigger.


Gemma and the Giant Girl

Authored by Sara O'Leary
Illustrated by Marie Lafrance


* Reading age:  3-7

* Grade Level:  PS-2

* Hardcover:  40 pages

* Publisher:  Tundra Books

* Pub. Date:  September 21, 2021

* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

Let me begin by stating that I love this book.  Gemma lives in a sweet little house where she sleeps in the same bed night after night and never changes her clothes.  How can that be?  Well, you see, Gemma is a doll that has been discarded and forgotten and resides in her dollhouse.  She has resigned herself to never growing up and always will be her parent's little girl. 

One day her whole life changes thanks to a girl who lives in the big house outside of her window.  The giant girl revisits Gemma and her family and new things begin to happen. 

 " New things appeared in the house all the time.

   Some were too big. Some were too small. 

   Some were just right. 

   Some of the new things were nice.

   Some were less nice."

The whole family gets a new wardrobe and Gemma experiences the magic of books for the very first time .  Suddenly the giant girl scoops up Gemma and takes her outside her dollhouse and outside her comfort zone.  Gemma discovers the mysteries and beauty of the world beyond, and yet, she wants to go back home to its familiarity and safety. Will the giant girl grant Gemma her wish and take her back to her dollhouse where belongs? 

This illustrations are gorgeous and the storyline pulls the reader into the plot immediately.  It is a tale about being small in a huge world and yet being courageous enough to be who you are created to be.  I highly recommend this book. 

Rating - 5 HUGS!  

Meet the Author

SARA O'LEARY is a writer of fiction for both adults and children. Her most recent picture book include Maud and Grand-Maud, Owls are Good at Keeping Secrets and the forthcoming This Is Ruby. Sara's picture book This Is Sadie was adapted by the New York City Children's Theatre. Her adult novel A Ghost in the House was published by Doubleday Canada. A graduate of the UBC Creative Writing Program, she has taught screenwriting and writing for children at Concordia University in Montreal.

About the Illustrator

MARIE LAFRANCE studied Graphic Arts and Etching, worked as a printmaker in San Francisco and New York, and eventually started illustrating, a career which is not really a career as much as a lifestyle, so she basically lives in her studio, cooking up characters and trying to give graphic life to authors' great stories. In the past twenty years, Marie has been illustrating mostly children's books and now serves on the board of the Association des Illustrateurs et Illustratrices du Quebec (AIIQ), where she is also a part-president. Her work was nominated three times for the Governor General's Literary Award, and she won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award for A Hen for Izzy Pippik, which was also a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year. Marie lives in Montreal, Quebec, with her family.

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