Monday, September 26, 2022

"Dragon"- a bookwrap

 

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Dragon (Hide and Peek)

By Lucy Semple




Specs


* Ages:  2-5

* Grade Level:  PS+

* Board Book:  12 pages

* Publisher:  Happy Yak

* Pub. Date:  Oct. 11, 2022

* ISBN:  071126838X, 978-0711268388

* Language:  English



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The Book



This is a fun interactive board book.  Sam is convinced that a dragon is residing in the forest and he is bound and determined to find it. 

The illustrations are vibrant and bright and the book invites the reader to journey along with Sam as he travels to his campsite.  Along the way Sam finds clues that convince him that there really is a dragon lurking around and he's very close indeed. 

Kids will delight as they lift flaps, pull the sliding tabs and open the pop-ups to discover if indeed a beautiful magical dragon will make an  appearance. Who doesn't like to play peekaboo? I know kids of all ages do!  

Kids will also love Monster, Mermaid, and Unicorn from the Hide and Peek series.  I highly recommend Dragon and the entire series.  


Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 



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Meet the Author/Illustrator





Lucy Semple is an illustrator based in Nottinghamshire, UK, with a degree in Graphic Communication and Illustration. Specialising in children’s illustration she enjoys drawing bright, bold, and often furry characters. Lucy also enjoys drinking tea, baking and cuddling up to watch a film with her partner, daughter, and their grumpy cat.





About the Publisher




Happy Yak is a loveable new imprint for 0-7 year olds, perfect for small children with big personalities. Offering pre-school, picture books, and illustrated non-fiction, our purpose is to publish playful books that make you smile. All of our books are bright and accessible, with eye-catching design, contemporary illustration, and engaging, entertaining text.




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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Look Up at the Stars - a bookwrap

 

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Look Up at the Stars


by Katie Cotton

Illustrated byMiren Asiain Lora


Specs


* Reading Age:  3-6 years

* Grade Level:  PS-1

* Hardcover:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Frances Lincoln Children's Books

* Pub. Date:  October 1, 2019

* ISBN-10:  1786037726

* ISBN-13:  978-1786037725

* Language:  English 



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The Book




"Look up at the stars, so high above me.
If I could just hold one, how happy I’d be!"


One night before bedtime an adorable little bear cub and his mommy look through his bedroom window and gaze upon the sky which is magically lit up with thousands of bright twinkling stars.  The little one expresses he'd love to catch a star and hold it in his hand.  Not to disappoint, his adoring mommy suggests that they go on a journey and catch one just for him. 

They begin a difficult journey on a chilly night.  The two cross through the woods, sail though turbulent waters, tramp through icy cold snow, and finally climb to the top of Mount Digger-Do.  The stars are abundant and ripe for the picking.  But will Mommy be able to catch one for her adorable cub?  

Mommy Bear discovers she is unable to reach high enough to secure and gift her little one with his heart's desire.  Disappointed she tells him they must go home now as it's dark and late. 


Little cub tells her not to leave yet because he has made an exciting discovery.  It is one that makes both of them very happy and satisfied. Can you guess what that possibly could be? 


What a heartwarming rhyming book!  It's full of love, imagination and wonderment!  The illustrations are soft, gentle and could very well stand on their own... beautifully done!  It celebrates the message that home is where the heart is.  The book is a perfect bedtime story shared with cozy hugs and snuggles.  I highly recommend this book.



Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 



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Meet the Author








KATIE COTTON studied English at Oxford University before becoming an editor and critically-acclaimed author of children's books. She lives and works in London. Her previous titles include Dear Bunny, illustrated by Blanca Gomez, Counting Lions, illustrated by Stephen Walton, and The Road Home, illustrated by Sarah Jacoby. 



About the Illustrator








Miren Asiain Lora was born in 1988 in Pamplona, Spain and now lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her artwork has been shown in several exhibitions in Spain, Argentina and Mexico. In 2012 her book Hara, written and illustrated by her, won the Etxepare Illustrated Album Award. In 2013 she was a finalist for the Euskadi prize for Literature; in 2015 she was awarded the "IberoamΓ©rica Ilustra" award from SM Foundation, The Ilustradero and the Guadalajara International Book Fair (Mexico). Her works convey the magic of everyday life, the charm of little moments that hold a secret to be deciphered. She has illustrated Look Up at the Stars as a gift for her first daughter.




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Friday, September 23, 2022

Fall Picture Books - various bookwraps to discover

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The Most Exciting Picture Books Being Published in Fall 2022

by Dena McMurdie






Dena read Jack London's White Fang in the third grade and has loved children's books ever since. She reads, blogs, and paints in North Carolina where she lives with her husband and three children. You can also find her at her blog, Batch of Books, where she writes about children's, middle grade, and young adult books.

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Fall is my favorite time of year. I love everything about it — cooler temperatures, changing leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, and new books to read! Whether picture books are hilarious or heartfelt, reading them with my kids is the best. And with all the fantastic new titles hitting bookstore shelves this season, I can’t wait to snuggle up with my youngest child and devour them. Here are the most exciting picture books coming your way this fall.



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I Have a Superpower

by Stephen Curry, illustrated by Geneva Bowers


NBA superstar and role model Stephen Curry delivers an uplifting, encouraging picture book for kids with big dreams. He shows readers they don’t have to fit into a traditional mold to excel at something. Success comes from believing in yourself and working hard to reach your goals.







The Crayons Trick or Treat

by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers


Get into the spirit of Halloween when you go trick-or-treating with the Crayons! In this hilarious seasonal story, Purple Crayon shows the other crayons what to do (and not do). Kids who love The Day the Crayons Quit will also want to read this book.




Black-Eyed Peas and Hoghead Cheese

by Glenda Armand, illustrated by Steffi Walthall


Join a young girl and her grandmother as they cook traditional soul food for a New Year’s Day celebration. As they make the meal, the grandmother tells her granddaughter stories about their family history and how they came to America.





Misty the Cloud: Friends Through Rain or Shine

by Dylan Dreyer, illustrated by Rosie Butcher


The Misty the Cloud picture book series combines social-emotional learning with weather concepts to create a unique reading experience for children. In this book, Misty and her cloud friends must learn to compromise, share, and get along with a group of sunbeams that crash their party





Welcome to the Big Kids Club

by Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Tania de Regil


Excellent advice for soon-to-be big siblings gets delivered with humor and heart in this picture book from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of She Persisted. Kids will learn what to expect when their new sibling arrives and how to help out. It’s a must-have for any growing family!






Finding My Dance

by Ria Thundercloud, illustrated by Kalila J. Fuller



In this empowering picture book, readers learn all about professional Indigenous dancer Ria Thundercloud and her incredible dance journey. Ria has always loved to dance, and while she learned many styles–jazz, ballet, tap–her favorite is the expressiveness of Indigenous dance. Learning these traditional moves helped bring her closer to her Native American heritage, and now she shares that pride with you!





Not All Sheep Are Boring!

by Bobby Moynihan, illustrated by Julie Rowan-Zoch


Add some giggles to your bedtime routine with this hilarious picture book from Saturday Night Live actor and comedian Bobby Moynihan. After reading about these wild and wacky woolies, you’ll never look at counting sheep the same way again.




I am Batman

by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos


Introduce your child to Batman’s origin story with this fictionalized superhero biography. From losing his parents as a child to using his fortune and influence to fight crime, this book takes readers through Bruce Wayne’s life with photos, facts, and stories.

(On sale: 9/27/2022)





The Little Book of Joy

by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, illustrated by Rafael LΓ³pez


His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu share their childhood stories in this stunning picture book. Through their experiences, readers learn that they can find joy within themselves even in troubled times. When shared with others, it can change the world. Gorgeous artwork and an empowering message make this book a must-have.

(On sale: 9/27/2022)



Busy Betty

by Reese Witherspoon, illustrated by Xindi Yan


Kids and adults love this exuberant new picture book character from Reese Witherspoon! Betty is a little girl bursting with enthusiasm and joy. In this story, she tries to give her dog a bath, but that’s not a simple job. It will take some creativity and the help of a friend to finish the task.

(On sale: 10/4/2022





Calling the Wind

by Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by Kathryn Otoshi



Losing a loved one and dealing with grief is challenging and often confusing for children. In this book, readers see a Japanese family mourning after a beloved relative dies. They struggle with their overwhelming grief until they find a unique way to process their feelings and find comfort.

(On sale: 10/4/2022)





Meanwhile Back on Earth...

by Oliver Jeffers


I can’t wait to share Oliver Jeffers’s newest picture book with my children. We loved his bestselling books Here We Are and What We’ll Build, and this story is just as special. Journey through time and space, and watch the world and universe change over the centuries. It’s a brief overview of the world’s history told with humor and insight.

(On sale: 10/4/2022)




The Return of the Christmas Witch

by Aubrey Plaza and Dan Murphy, illustrated by Julia Iredale



If you loved The Legend of the Christmas Witch, add this sequel to your child's reading stack. When KristtΓΆrn escapes her prison, she vows to get revenge and regain control of Christmas. This holiday story combines magic, adventure, and friendship to create a spellbinding tale that readers will want to read on repeat. At 58 pages, this book is longer than a typical picture book, making it excellent for kids ages 5-8.

(On sale: 10/11/2022)





Namaste Is a Greeting

by Suma Subramaniam, illustrated by Sandhya Prabhat



This picture book uses gorgeous artwork and simple text to introduce young readers to Indian culture. A young girl spends the day with her mother in the city, enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells. She notices how people greet each other and show kindness to one another. When they return home, she uses what she learned to perform her own act of kindness.

(On sale: 10/11/2022)






Hanukkah, Here I Come!

by D.J. Steinberg, illustrated by Sara Palacios


Get into the spirit of Hanukkah with this celebratory picture book from the author of Kindergarten, Here I Come! Short, bouncy poems take readers through this significant holiday’s preparations, food, and festivities.

(On sale: 10/11/2022)





Green Is for Christmas

by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers


This fall, we’re not getting just one but two new books in the Crayons series. Green Crayon announces he is the official Christmas color in this holiday-themed story. But the other colors in the box disagree and set out to prove him wrong.

(On sale: 10/18/2022)







This Book Is Not a Present

by Max Greenfield, illustrated by Mike Lowery


From actor Max Greenfield (New Girl) comes the hilarious companion to I Don’t Want to Read This Book. Like its predecessor, this book is dedicated to reluctant readers everywhere—kids who dread receiving a book as a gift. Readers of all ages will enjoy the laugh-out-loud humor and energetic illustrations.

(On sale: 10/18/2022)







The Lights That Dance in the Night

by Yuval Zommer


Introduce your child to the magic and wonder of the northern lights with this beautifully illustrated picture book from the creator of The Tree That’s Meant to Be. The lights dance across the sky, bringing joy and wonder to the people and animals in the Arctic. It’s an excellent story for kids who enjoy learning about nature, animals, and space.

(On sale: 11/1/2022)



All Through the Night: Important Jobs That Get Done at Night

by Polly Faber, illustrated by Harriet Hobday


Kids are always curious about the jobs that grown-ups have, and this book offers a unique look at nighttime jobs. From cleaning crews to doctors, it celebrates the work and people who keep things running after everyone else has gone to sleep.

(On sale: 11/1/2022)






One and Everything

by Sam Winston


This poignant tale is an ode to preserving cultures and stories from around the world. It’s about a story that becomes so self-important that it believes it is superior to all other stories and consumes them. The author used ancient scripts like Egyptian hieroglyphics and cuneiform to create the illustrations.

(On sale: 11/1/2022)






Polar Bear

by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann



This informative picture book teaches young readers about a magnificent, endangered animal, the polar bear. Learn about its habitat, diet, and how to help these beautiful animals survive. If you enjoy this book, pick up the award-winning companion book, Honeybee.

(On sale: 11/22/2022)


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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Larry the Llama Learns About Love: Love Is a Fruit of the Spirit - a bookwrap

 


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"Larry the Llama Learns About Love: Love Is a Fruit of the Spirit"

Book by J. M. Ashmore



Specs


* Ages:  2-7

* Grade Level:  PS-2

* Length:  52 pages

Publisher:  BooksGoSocial

* Pub. Date:  Feb. 22, 2022

* ISBN-10:  1489742913

* ISBN-13:  978-1489742919

* Language:  English



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The Book




Larry the llama is a sweet conscientious little guy who lands his first job at a farm.  He is asked to guard the baby animals and frighten away any big bad animals that might lurk around and want to harm them.  Larry is happy to assume the role of guardian and he hopes the farmer will love him. 

A huge thunderstorm rolls in one day and all the animals take shelter in the barn where they are protected. After the storm and everyone exits Larry discovers that the fence has blown down.  His curiosity gets the best of him and he decides to explore outside the fence. 

Lily, an adorable little lamb, decides to follow in his tracks and they both become lost and can't find their way back to the safety of their farm.  

Oh my!  Will the farmer notice they are missing and come and rescue them and bring them home?  Larry wonders if that happens, and he hopes it will, will the farmer still love him? 


The illustrations are lovely and full of heart and expression.  The author has included Story Questions and Answers, ten things to know about llamas, and lists the fruits of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23a from the Bible, at the back of the book.  I love that she did.  

This heartwarming story is about humility, caring for one another, friendship, love and doing the right thing.  Both young and old will enjoy this book with its positive message.  I highly recommend it!  




Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 



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Meet the Author




J. M. Ashmore is an experienced pediatric nurse, children’s church teacher and animal lover. She has several decades of experience telling stories and teaching in schools, churches, and hospitals. She lives in Tampa, Florida, and enjoys gardening, photography, and playing the piano and violin.




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