Monday, February 10, 2020

The Cockroach - a bookwrap


Authored and Illustrated by Elise Gravel 

* Ages: 6-9
* Grade Level:  1-4
* Series:  Disgusting Critters
* Publisher:  Tundra Books
* Pub. Date:  February 4, 2020
* Hardcover:  32 pages
* Language:  English

From the Publisher

The Book 

This sweet non-fiction book is just wonderful and very kid-friendly as is the whole series of "Disgusting Critters."  Meet Diane, the cockroach, an adorable character even though she belongs to that dreaded species.  Cockroaches are not the house guests you would desire because once they are inside it's extremely hard to get rid of them.  

The talented author/ illustrator shines a light on the dreaded COCKROACH much to a cockroach's dismay because they hate light and emerge at night, in the dark, to do their dastardly deeds.  They eat everything, deposit ghastly germs all around, can cause allergies and they produce stinky smells.   Not quite the house guest you would desire to be under your roof or anywhere else inside your home.

The author gives fast, easy to understand, cockroach facts which are enriched by quirky, humourous asides by Diane.  Giving her the ability to talk, and seeing her antics as she does, enables kids to remember the scientific information that the author doles out for the reader.  It's quite ingenious and lots of fun!  

The book talks about the lifestyle of the cockroach: physical traits, diet, running skills ( fastest among insects ),  reproduction ability ( female can birth up to 350 babies during her lifetime), just to name a few.  

I highly recommend this book as it both highly entertaining and is educational also.  Kid's will love it! ( and adults too ) 

Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!

A traveller .....  "Out you go!"

Other Books in the Series

Meet the Author/ Illustrator

ELISE GRAVEL is an award-winning author-illustrator from Quebec. She has won a Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration in French, and is well known for her original, wacky picture books and graphic novels. After completing her studies in graphic design, Elise found herself quickly swept up into the glamorous world of illustration. Her old design habits drive her to work a little text here and there into her drawings and she loves to handle the design of her assignments from start to finish. She is inspired by social causes and likes projects that can handle a good dose of eccentricity.

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