Thursday, June 1, 2017

"Bugs From Head To Tail" - a bookwrap

Welcome to Storywraps today.  It's bugs at their best today.  Kid's will love to guess, discover and be in awe of the wonderful world of critters that fly, crawl and wriggle.  Enjoy...


"Bugs From Head To Tail"

Authored by Stacey Roderick
Illustrated by Kwanchai Moriya

Ages 4-7
Grade Level: PS-2

Unwrapping some illustrations to peek at...

About the book...

 This is the newest addition to the amazing "Head to Tail" series for kids.  I love the whole concept of this book. Kid's will visually and textually meet bugs and learn about their habitats, environments, diets, characteristics and oddities.  

The bugs are introduced in an interactive way.  The author gets the young reader to engage by guessing just what bug that may be.  She then extrapolates in further detail all about that bug once it is identified.  Questions are asked to pull the reader in and are answered in an educational way, making this book a winner on many levels.  This is a perfect book to read aloud.  It also is a spot-on book to use in a classroom or borrow from a school library for a child doing his/her first project on bugs.  

The conspicuous illustrations are vibrant, colourful paper collage.  How fun is that?  They work beautifully with the text.  Eight bugs are highlighted and at the end of the book seven other bugs and their unusual body parts are included to evoke further interest into the amazing world of insects.  

This non-fiction book gives precisely the correct amount of information for that age level.  The questions posed to the reader garner excitement and accelerate curiosities.  They invite kids to turn the pages and learn all about that particular bug.  I highly recommend this book and the whole series.  

Storywraps rating... 5 HUGS+!!!!!

About the author...

I hate to say it but luck and good timing had a lot to do with it. After finishing the Publishing Program at Centennial College, I managed to land at Harcourt Brace Canada, where I eventually became a Production Editor in the College Division. I’d always wanted to work in children’s publishing, though, so when I saw an ad for a Production Assistant at KCP, I applied. I heard nothing back, so you can imagine how thrilled I was when a few months later I got a call inviting me to interview for a newly created Production Editor position at KCP. Luckily for me, the Production Manager had passed my resume on to the Managing Editor. I loved being the Production Editor, but after a few years, I was given the chance to start editing. My first projects were shadowing wonderful editors like Val Wyatt and Laurie Wark on well-established non-fiction series, which KCP was known for then. Eventually I was given my own projects, and the rest is history.

About the illustrator...

Kwanchai Moriya is an illustrator and painter. He was born in New York and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He completed his education with a degree in History from the University of California and a degree in Illustration from the Art Center College of Design. Kwanchai lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

He has a passion for making fun illustrations, and has worked primarily in board games, card games and children's books. Kwanchai is also an avid painter, working mostly in acrylics with science fiction and fantasy themes. His other hobbies include making wood toys, playing board games and talking to his tortoise, Clementine. Facebook: KwanchaiMoriya Instagram: @kwanchaimoriya

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