Wednesday, December 7, 2022

"Sally's Big Day" - a bookwrap



Sally's Big Day

By Andrew Larsen

Illustrated by Dawn Lo


* Ages:   3-5

* Grade Level:  PS to K

* Length:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Orca Book Publishers

* Pub. Date:  Feb. 14, 2023

* ISBN-10: 1459834615

* ISBN-13:  978-1459834613

* Language:  English


"Clearly understands the drama of sitting and listening when you are a young child. A puppy in obedience training is the perfect corollary to the experience of “failing” and, ultimately, trying again until you succeed…Quirky and saturated illustrations are a perfect accompaniment for our wiggly and disobedient heroine."—CM Reviews

Unwrapping Some Illustrations 

The Book

Sally, an adorable playful little puppy, is starting her first day of puppy school.  She is excited and immediately discovers there are many distractions there as so many new things are taking place all around her. 

She encounters many other puppies of all shapes and sizes waiting for school to begin also.  She meets a  lady teacher that she is unfamiliar with who gives her instructions that she is to obey.  Sally does not respond correctly to her teacher's commands  because it's way more fun sniffing things rather than obeying what she is asked to do.  

After a lovely bowl of water at recess and some play time with the other pups it's focus time once again.  Class starts and Sally is instructed to "sit" but does she?  No..... she squats and pees!  Oh my! Will Sally ever get the hang of puppy school and finally achieve success?

Puppies mirror little kid's behaviours with their curiosity, energy and playfulness.  They both love to explore and learn about their world around them.  This sweet story will give confidence to young readers as they venture into the world to learn and try new things. 

The adorable illustrations include a rabbit hidden in most spreads for a search and find activity.  I love the  book and highly recommend it. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author

Andrew Larsen lives in a neighborhood in Toronto that has tall trees, old houses and lots of stories. Sometimes Andrew goes looking for stories and sometimes stories come looking for him.
Andrew was born in Montreal and lived there until he was 12. He has also lived in Halifax, Ottawa and London, England.
As a kid, Andrew dreamed of being a baseball player. He made up stories about playing in the big leagues. Now he plays baseball with his own kid. He still makes up stories.
Andrew likes to visit schools and libraries, where he encourages children to discover their own stories.
Facebook: @authorandrewlarsen
Twitter: @larsenesque

About the Illustrator

Born in Hong Kong, Dawn Lo is an illustrator currently based in Vancouver, unceded lands of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Her work has appeared in picture books, stationery, greeting cards, public art installations, murals and more! Dawn aims to create works that are high-spirited and whimsical while retaining a certain degree of simplicity and humor. Most of her work is inspired by little, everyday moments and personal multicultural experiences. When she is not drawing at her home studio, she works at the public library where she can surround herself with more books.
Instagram: @dawndawndawnillustration
Twitter: @dawndawnillo
Tumblr: @dawndawndawnprocess

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