Tuesday, April 6, 2021

"Gerald Needs A Friend" - a bookwrap



Hi everyone!  I'm Gerald and I'm a very busy guinea pig.  I have a strick daily routine and I DON'T need friends who will slow me down and interfere with my day. Nope, it's all about me and that's just the way I like it.   "Pssssst.... Does Gerald  know what he's missing?" 


Gerald Needs a Friend

Book by Robin Boyden


* Ages:  3-6

* Grade Level:  PS-1

* Hardcover:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Frances Lincoln Children's Books; Illustrated edition

* Pub. Date:  April 20, 2021

* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

Gerald lives alone and he meticulously sees that everything around his home is just so. His regimented schedule keeps him busy from morning until his bedtime and his garden is his best friend.  It is what he lives for.  He waters, harvests his luscious bounty and makes them into jam and pickles.  Life is good. 

One morning Gerald heads off to town. Once there he encounters two lively mice who totally change his world.  The mice have a new stall at the market and a crowd surrounds them. Harold watches in amazement as the two find a button for hedgehog's coat, find a way for a duckling to fly, and introduce a scooter to a little turtle who wants to go faster.  

Harold is mesmerized and taken in by the magic they are weaving for everyone...magic that makes everyone happy.  Finally the two mice focus on  Harold.  When Marcel the mouse asks Harold,  "What do you want more than anything?" Harold answers, "Nothing! I have everything I need."  The wise little mouse answers, "Well there's always room for more fun!"  Do you think Harold will agree and let loose?  Is he capable of even having fun and is he up for a new adventure?       

The illustrations are truly amazing, full of wonderful detail and expression.  I love them.  I especially love Gerald.  He is such an adorable and loveable little character.  The story presents an important life lesson to the reader.   You may think that you have everything you need in your world but it is not as much fun unless you share with someone else. Vive l'amitié!  I highly recommend the book.  

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author/Illustrator

Robin Boyden is a freelance illustrator based in Bristol in the South West of England. In 2007 he graduated from University College Falmouth with a First Class Honours Degree and soon after completed a Masters in Art and Design. Robin has twice been selected for the AOI Images annual and has worked for numerous clients in the publishing and editorial sectors worldwide. His clients include Scholastic, Bloomsbury, Penguin Random House, Nosy Crow, Oxford University Press, Capstone Publishing, Wired Magazine, The Guardian, The Independent, The Times and Pearson Education. The Marvellous, Magical Non-Stop Shop is the first picture book he has both written and illustrated. 

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