Thursday, December 30, 2021

"Churro and the Magician" - a bookwrap



Churro and the Magician 

By Gaston Caba


* Reading Age:  4-7 years

* Grade Level:  PS-2

* Length:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Etch/Clarion Books

* Pub. Date:  February 15, 2022

* Language:  English


“Employing clean lines and flat, cool colours, newcomer Caba’s briskly paced, imagination-fueled digital panels tell a story that’s equal parts comical, magical, and welcoming to new readers.”—Publishers Weekly


“Brimming with imagination and cheery humor, this wordless Spanish import uses digital cartoon illustrations to conjure up a topsy-turvy, dreamlike cityscape reminiscent of Lewis Carroll's Wonderland….Goofy hijinks for the new-to-comics crowd.”—Kirkus 

“[A] wordless graphic novel full of wonder and imagination that emulates the creativity of kids.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Unwrapping Some Illustrations 

The Book

A little bunny named Churro misses his school bus ride because he is enthralled by a poster announcing a magic show that he was wishing that he could attend.   Not deterred by his school bus mishap Churro proceeds to buy a ticket and enters the theatre where the magician is waving his magic wand causing the attendees to cheer and excitement to accelerate every time he does another trick.  

After the show the magician hails a taxi and his suitcase is strapped to the top which houses his beloved wand.  By some unexplained phenomena the wand ends up in the hands of Churro.  Now how could that have happened?  Churro is ecstatic the wand is now his?  He hurries off through the town and causes much mayhem and chaos.  Oh my! 

Will the magician retrieve his wand and help Churro restore the town to it's pre-peaceful state?  

This wordless graphic novel is a book full of imagination and fun!  I love it as the reader becomes the storyteller and the storyline becomes his own.  Churro learns that there are consequences to one's actions and I like that the book has an open ended conclusion leaving the reader to decide if everything gets back to normal once again.  

The illustrations are humorous, whimsical, and engaging, which I love.  

This is a simple comical book that is a great introduction to graphic novels for new readers.  I highly recommend it. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!


Meet the Author

Gastón Caba is an editorial and commercial illustrator. He teaches at Domestika and is a contributor for DOT magazine. He lives in Calahorra, Spain., Twitter: @gatocaba, Instagram: @gastoncaba.


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