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A Wolf Called Wander

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

A Wolf Called Wander (Greenwillow Books, 2019) by Rosanne Parry was so good! It’s an illustrated novel with illustrations by Mónica Armiño. I love that this New York Times Bestselling novel it’s based on a true story.

Swift, wants to be as big as his brother Sharp. He also has two sisters, Pounce and Wag. But his favorite sibling is brother Warm, the only wild wolf pup who is smaller. They grow, learn to eat meat, hunt, and then another pack attacks and Swift is left alone. He wants his pack, and goes on journey looking for family. Along the way Swift renames himself Wander.

Published in the UK and the US, it is being published in 7 other languages, too. You can read about that here on the author’s site.

The illustrations are beautiful. Check out more of Mónica’s books here.

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Sheep Won’t Sleep

Perfect Picture Book Friday

Sheep Won’t Sleep: Counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s (Holiday House, 2017) by Judy Cox and illustrated by Nina Cuneo takes a fun twist on the old adage of counting by sheep.

Clarissa can’t sleep. She’s tried everything, but nothing works, so she tries counting by sheep. But it doesn’t work either. Instead, she has ten sheep in her room. The sheep make a suggest and her problem gets hilariously worse.

I love the surprise ending.

Read about the author here and see her other books here. Check out illustrator Nina Cuneo here.

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My Hair

Perfect Picture Book Friday

My Hair (Faber & Faber, September 2019) by Hannah Lee and illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan is such an appealing book. And I have one copy to give away. (Comment for a chance to win–I’ll randomly draw a name on August 13th. USA only.)

Getting ready for her birthday, a little girl has to decide how to style her hair. Dreadlocks, braids, shaved, cropped, wrapped? She shares about her family and friends and their hair before deciding on something else.

The story is written in rhyme and makes me smile each time I read it. The illustrations are adorable.

Read more about UK debut author, Hannah Lee’s book publication, here. Info about illustrator Allen Fatimaharan and his work can be found here. This is his first picture book, too.

FYI, I received one copy of the book for an honest review.

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Ghost Cat

Perfect Picture Book Friday

Ghost Cat (Neal Porter Books, 2019) by Kevan Atteberry is such a tender and moving story. It should be in every library! And would be an encouragement for anyone who has lost a pet.

A little boy discovers a ghost cat in his house. He almost sees it through flashes and blurs. He feels it at night but when he looks it’s gone. He hears it do things his cat used to do–knock a book off a shelf, play in the aquarium, mewing and more. There’s a lovely surprise ending.

I love the illustrations–the ghost cat is not at all creepy as it might be. Take a look at Kevan’s extensive illustration work for kids and other. And look at his samples of Monster-a-Day.

You can see other books Kevan has illustrated, or written and illustrated, here.