Thursday, July 12, 2018

"Do Frogs Drink Hot Chocolate?" - a bookwrap

You are invited to a warm, cosy gathering of creatures as they share how they keep warm in the cold weather.  Do frogs really drink hot chocolate to do so?  Mmmmm.... maybe not!!  Enjoy. 


"Do Frogs Drink Hot Chocolate?"
How Animals Keep Warm

By Etta Kaner  
Illustrated by John Martz

* Ages:  6-8
* Grade Level:  1-3
* Publisher: Owlkids
* Publisher Date: September 15, 2018
* Language: English

Unwrapping some delightful illustrations for you

About the book

Kids will love this interactive Q&A book discussing how different species of animals keep warm.  I love the cover and how it pulls you into an imaginative but informative take on that theme.

The author tackles these questions and informs the reader how each animal manages to generate warmth when the weather turns cold.  She also includes international species and highlights both familiar and unfamiliar animals.  The book sparks further discussion of  how these creatures adapt and a glimpse of their living habits and  habitats.  

Personally I like the design of the book.  One page asks a question, giving the reader time to think about it and respond. When the page is turned the answer to the proposed question appears complete with visuals and details of that specific animal's way of coping with the chilly weather.  

The illustrations are funny and sometimes silly and I know that kids will adore that aspect of the story.  This non-fiction book encourages participation and its playful, kid-friendly style proves to be both entertaining and educational.  I recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS !!!!!

Introducing the author

Etta Kaner writes for both children and educators. While the majority of her children's books are nonfiction, some of her more recent books are a combination of fiction and nonfiction. Many of them have been translated into other languages. A number of her books have won awards, namely the Silver Birch Award, the ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award, the Animal Behavior Society's Outstanding Children's Book Award, the Scientific American Young Readers Book Award and the Science in Society Book Award.
While her earlier books were inspired by her two daughters, many of her later books were inspired by the elementary school students whom she taught.
Etta loves to interview experts in fields with which she is unfamiliar, either in person or by phone. She finds that most people are very cooperative and love to talk about their area of interest and expertise. During these interviews, she often accumulates more information than she needs for her book. When making a decision as to what to include in the book, she uses the "wow" test. She tries to choose information that will make her readers say "wow" when they read it.
Writing books also allows Etta to create the many groaners that she likes to make up but which are not always appreciated by her family!
When she's not writing or teaching, Etta loves to spend time with her family (her husband and two grown daughters), garden, read humorous or historical fiction books, dance, explore new places, go to live theater and cook for company (but not all at the same time!). She does all of these activities in Toronto, Canada.

About the illustrator 

John Martz studied graphic design and worked for several years at CHUM Television, designing broadcast graphics, logos and animation for MuchMusic, Space, Bravo!, CityTV and other television stations. During this time he became involved in the illustration community through his website Drawn, a blog devoted to cartooning, illustration and animation. He left television in 2005 to become a full-time illustrator.
John entered the world of children's books by way of comics. In addition to his own comics work (twice nominated for a Doug Wright Award in 2008 and 2010, and winner of a Joe Shuster Award in 2011), he has drawn comics for Kayak, Canada's history magazine for kids, Chickadee magazine, the Flight anthology series, and the Globe & Mail.
John's favorite place as a kid was the local library, where he discovered a love for books. He now finds inspiration in his own ever-growing book collection. His list of influences includes Jim Henson's Muppets, Richard Scarry, Charles Schulz, Hanna-Barbera cartoons and Chuck Jones. John has been a fan of Star Trek since he was young, and he spent years drawing aliens and spaceships in his sketchbooks --- the perfect practice for eventually drawing Dear Flyary.
John lives in downtown Toronto with his wife, Lindsay, and his dog, Gary, named after cartoonist and artist Gary Panter.

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