Tuesday, December 7, 2021

"Go Out and Play" - a bookwrap



Go Out and Play

Authored by Adam Ciccio

Illustrated by Katrien Benaets


* Ages:  5-7

* Grade Level:  1-2

* Hardcover:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Clavis

* Pub. Date:  October 26, 2021

* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

This beautifully illustrated book encourages people ( young and old I might add ) to put down their phones and tablets, turn off their computers and televisions and head outside to interact with their world ... unplugged. 

 After the clouds pass by and the sun begins to shine a little badger decides that now is a perfect day to go outside to explore and enjoy the freedom of movement, play and surprise.  He suggests perhaps a game of soccer with a friend would be great fun or how about learning some new moves on the skateboard?  Cannonballing into the nearest lake a few hundred times makes one's heart happy too. He challenges everyone to find what they would like to do once out-of-doors and go for it!  Once the excitement and adventure of the day subsides it's time for tired little badger to nestle into his bed and read a great book before he drifts off to sleep. 

The illustrations are beautiful and the colour scheme is perfect. The author addresses an important and timely topic that both kids and parents wrestle with each day... how to balance screen time with the will to get outside to play, exercise and interact with friends and nature.  Told in rhyme the vibe of the book is energetic and happy.  This book would be perfect to add to a classroom setting, be read aloud in circle time and placed in an elementary school library.  I highly recommend this book. 

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 and adults 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

Katrien Benaets obtained her master’s degree in Free and Applied Graphics at PIKOH (Hasselt). Ever since her hands can hold a pencil, drawing has been her greatest passion. She loves to convert stories to images, to let images speak, and to make children dream of a different world full of fantasy.

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