Friday, April 20, 2018

"This Is a Taco" - a bookwrap









Unwrapping





"This s a Taco" 

by Andrew Cangelose
 with illustrations by Josh Shipley



* Ages: 4-8
* Grade Level: 1-2
* Publisher: Lion Forge
* Pub. Date: May 1, 2018




Unwrapping some fabulous illustrations for you









































About the book








This is a really fun book that I know kids will just love.  A little squirrel named Taco, because he loves tacos, narrates the story and speaks directly to the reader.  

The book begins by acquainting the young audience with realistic facts about squirrels, like how they are the cleanest rodents in the wild, are known for their silky fur, and how they love to eat nuts, acorns, and even tree bark.  Hey wait!!! Where are the tacos that Taco was told would be available.  Tree bark?  You've got to be kidding....ya right... how could anyone eat that?   After the fun facts of diet... (not)...  Taco feels he has no choice but to step into the storyline and change the whole narrative in his favour. If he does then perhaps that might steer him towards getting the tacos that he was promised. Tree bark?  Really?  Yuk!!!!!  

The hilarious expressions that this adorable squirrel exhibits are truly uproarious.  Taco steps into the writing process and takes charge. He swashbuckles a bright red pen and changes start to  appear.  He appoints himself his own  editor-in-chief.  Taco crosses out words and re-directs the story to be all about...him...TACO.  Now he is satisfied with the plot and feels vidicated.  

He encounters a giant taco who is hungry for tacos too and wants to swoop in and gobble them all up.  Not on Taco's watch.  He decides the story needs one more correction to make it perfect. With a swoosh of his red pen he declares:

"Taco, the squirrel 
(and not an actual giant, talking taco),
is the natural predator
of tacos."

The moral of the story?  If you want anything done right, do it yourself and most importantly the best story of all is the one you write yourself.... especially if you are the star. 

I highly recommend this book and I am sure kids will love it and want to read it again and again.  Taco 'bout cute?  This story's got it going on!    




Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!







Publisher's Synopsis


( In a nutshell although Taco would prefer it  wrapped in a taco shell) 


This is a squirrel . . . "Hey, I may be a squirrel, but my name is Taco! And I don't eat nuts and tree bark—blech—I prefer tacos!" The natural predator of squirrels is . . . "Whoa, whoa, whoa! Who is writing this book? I do not like where this is going." This hilarious send-up of a children's nature primer teaches kids that the most important story is the one you write yourself.



FYI



 * Themes: Take Charge, Write Your Own Story, Persistence



* Character Development: All about our protagonist & hero: Taco


* Plot Engagement: Begins as a standard "this is a" nature examination and turns into something quite different

 * Originality: Although it is becoming more common in children's books to have the protagonist address the audience in some way, the mixture of Taco's personality, squirrel facts and the popularity of tacos (the food) make this title rather unique.

* Believability: Humor allows for our suspension of disbelief, even when the giant taco shows up due to Taco's poor word choices.

* Thank You to publisher Lion Forge for my digital copy on NetGalley.

* Date: Available May 1, 2018 ( you can get it on April 18th at comic stores)

* ISBN: 978-1941302729 







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Thursday, April 19, 2018

"Poco and Moco Are Twins"- a bookwrap











Seems to be a theme running here on Storywraps about twins these days.  Yesterday I featured the adorable little duo of Sugar and Cookie, two amazing little doggies who are twin sisters, and today it is another set of cuties, two endearing lambs named Poco and Moco.   I love this book.   Enjoy....








"POCO AND MOCO ARE TWINS"

by Jun Ichihara;   illustrated by Jun Ichihara 
 translated by Mariko Shii Gharbi


Age Range: 2+
Grade Level:  PS+
Publisher:  Museyon (April 1, 1018) 



Editorial Reviews



"Flaps, foldouts, cutouts, and seek-and-find spreads add fun, revealing Poco's chubby belly, messy room, and talent for hide-and-seek and Moco's thin belly, neat room, and ability to climb trees. . . Poco and Moco's adorableness will satisfy the toddler set." —Kirkus Reviews


"This Japanese import uses twins to highlight the concepts of similarities and differences and cooperation ... Poco and Moco’s adorableness will satisfy the toddler set." —Kirkus Reviews


"Poco and Moco are Twins by Jun Ichihara is a super fun super cute picture book." —BuzzBees Book Reviews


"As much as they are different, they also very alike and they're cute and loveable. Probably just like your twins..." —Journey of a Bookseller





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 About the book





Looking for a book that has cuteness overload?  Well look no farther, "Poco and Moco" fit the bill perfectly. 

These adorable twin lambs look exactly alike and provide each other company every minute of the day but once you take a closer look you find that they have many differences. 

Poco is a boy and Moco is a girl.  Moco loves sweet desserts and Poco prefers breads and rolls (they both love donuts),  Moco's room is neat as a pin while Poco's room is cluttered and messy.  They both use the toilet in a different style and when participating in outdoor play Poco loves to play hide-and-seek while Moco heads off to climb trees.  And what career do they dream of having when they grow up?  Why Poco wants to become a chef and Moco an astronaut. These choices are totally different indeed.

If the twins have a hard time doing something alone they always join forces and work together gaining great success by using teamwork.  The concluding sentences sum the book up perfectly:


"The twin sheep are alike in some ways and different in others. And they are always best friends."


This adorable book uses fold-outs, cut-outs, and bright, happy, vibrant illustrations to make it a fun read for the targeted age-group.  I highly recommend it.  





Storywraps Rating:   5 +++ HUGS!!!!!









Introducing the author/illustrator







Jun Ichihara was born in Aichi Prefecture and graduated from Osaka University of Arts. In addition to creating picture books, he works as an illustrator for books, magazines, and ads. His picture-book titles include Wakuwaku ABC bukku (ABC Excitement), Nikkori niko niko (Everybody Smiles), Waratta (Theeere's the Smile!), and Sugoi kuruma (Awesome Car).




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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

"Love, Sugar and Cookie" - a bookwrap

















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"Love, Sugar & Cookie"
Created by Susan Marie Chapman

Ages:  2+
Grade Level:  PS+



Unwrapping some sweet, sweet photos for you to enjoy







































About the book



This charming book is a true story.  It stars two adorable twin sisters and their special love for each other. They were born on the same day just minutes apart.  Cookie is very, very tiny weighing in at only three pounds while her sister Sugar is much bigger and weights seven pounds.  Although they are the same they are very, very different. 

Crisp, clear photos visually tell their story backed up by a simple text which lends itself to a shared read or a solo one.  The photos were taken over the years and they document the two little darlings, eating, going out for walks (or not), shopping, riding shotgun in mom's car, meeting up with friends and even modelling, just to cite a few.  The author points out their similarities and their differences as they journey through life.  

The author knew right away that these adorable little fur-balls were special as people smiled and took pictures of them everywhere they went and the very presence of these cute bundles-of-joy made people extremely happy.  Their zest for life and joyous personalities are infectious and people walk away after encountering them feeling happy and energized because of their cuteness overload they are so willing to share.  

I am a dog-lover myself and own three.  I certainly can concur with the author about the joy and happiness that my dogs bring into my own life.  I always say the things they do and the loads of love they give back to me every single day make my heart smile.  This is a wonderful book and I know kids will fall in love with Sugar and Cookie just as I did.  I highly recommend it. 




Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!











 Meet the author




I grew up on a farm in Southern Pennsylvania, and am the oldest of eight children. While in sixth grade, I wrote a short story about animals. My teacher, Mrs. Backon, helped me with the grammar. Teachers can be the most wonderful gift to their students. I still think of her to this day and how she helped mold me into the person I am today. My story won an award and was published in a magazine. I was also the sports editor and then editor in chief of our school paper in high school.
I attended colleges in Pennsylvania, earning an Associate Degree in Business from The Business School of Widener University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wilkes University. I returned to school years later to earn a Certification in Interior Decorating from Philadelphia University.
After obtaining my degrees, I met my husband and stayed at home to raise our two beautiful children, whom I am very proud of.
I now reside in Miami Beach, Florida, with my two furry children: SUGAR AND COOKIE.






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