Wednesday, April 6, 2022

"Another Squiggly Story" - a bookwrap



Another Squiggly Story

Authored by Andrew Larsen

Illustrated by Mike Lowery


* Ages:  4-7

* Grade Level:  K-2

* Hardcover:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Kids Can Press

* Pub. Date:  May 3, 2022

* ISBN-10:  1525304828

*ISBN-13:  978-1525304828

* Language:  English

Editorial Reviews 

A positive tale of how a story can emerge organically from an inkling of an idea to an imaginative literary excursion ...―Kirkus Reviews - starred review (Praise for A Squiggly Story)

A Squiggly Story is a charming little book that may help first-time storytellers keep trying to write stories, even if they lack the ability to draw proper letterforms, let alone put a complete sentence together.―New York Times (Praise for A Squiggly Story)

This playful multilayered story about sparking the mind is loaded with opportunities for readers to consider different kinds of storytelling.―Booklist (Praise for A Squiggly Story)

Unwrapping Some Illustrations 

The Book

Ever been asked to create a story for an assignment from a teacher and not know where to begin?  It's even more daunting and difficult when the story has to be an autobiography.  Are you kidding? Me?  What can I possibly write about boring old me? 

This positive story is sure to inspire young kids to write their own life story and achieve satisfaction after its completion.  The illustrations are comic book/graphic style.  The book is brimming with suggestions that will guide kid's thinking processes as they document their personal story.  "Another Squiggly Story" is a wonderful book to read aloud in a classroom setting when introducing a new creative writing unit.  Sharing it would lessen the feeling of intimidation for the assigned task that many students may feel.  

The book celebrates self-reflection, self-expression, storytelling, and igniting imaginations.   I like how the little boy listens to the suggestions of his classmates and his big sister for his story.  The book explains to young budding authors that a well-written story needs a beginning, middle and an end, and how reaching out to others to share ideas is important.  This book was one of the nominees for the Blue Spruce Award from the Forest of Reading in 2018.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author

Andrew Larsen is the author of many books for children, including Me, Toma and the Concrete Garden; A Squiggly Story; The Bagel King; In the Tree House; The Imaginary Garden; and The Man Who Loved Libraries. He is a father, homemaker and author. When he was a child, he would spend a part of every summer with his grandparents at their cottage on a hill, by a lake. Andrew now lives in a downtown Toronto neighborhood. He has published three picture books with Kids Can Press and one with Fitzhenry & Whiteside. He is married with two children.

About the Illustrator

Mike Lowery has illustrated many books for children, including The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten and A Squiggly Story. Mike lives in Decatur, Georgia.

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