Title: I LOVE MY PURSE
Author: BELLE DeMONT
Illustrator: SONJA WIMMER
Genre: CHILDREN’S FICTION, CANADIAN FICTION, DIVERSE BOOKS
Target Age Group: AGES 4 TO 7
Length: 36 PAGES
Publisher: ANNICK PRESS
Type of Book: EBOOK
Received From: NETGALLEY
Release Date: SEPTEMBER 12, 2017
ISBN: (Hardcover) 978-1-55451-955-2
ISBN: (EPUB) 979-1-55451-956-9
Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
DESCRIPTION & REVIEW:
Charlie loves the bright red purse given to him by his Grandmother.
One day he decides to wear the purse to school. His father sees him and tells him that boys don’t carry purses. Charlie reminds him how much he loves his inappropriate Hawaiian shirt.
At school Charlie hears more of the same type of comments from friends, teachers and even the school crossing guard.
When they ask why he is carrying the bright red handbag, he replies: “Because I love my purse.”
This children’s book has wonderfully expressive illustrations that combine whimsy alongside reality. The illustrator has a true knack for drawing expressive faces and in using color to evoke emotion in movement.
This book is one that needs to be on the shelf of every child. It celebrates individualism and helps teach kids that it is ok to be different. It celebrates not only children making choices for themselves, but also teaches them to stand up for what is important to them.
The story is not just a life lesson, it is also a fun and funny book that will grab AND HOLD a young child’s attention from beginning to end. The writing style comes across as almost rhythmic.
The author, Belle DeMont is Canadian and I love to support the many talented writers who live in Canada.
Canadian children’s books are among some of the best of all time.
I rate this book as 5 out of 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Belle DeMont is an illustrator from the salt-licked city of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Her love of visual story telling brought her to the Nova Scotia college of Art and Design where she completed her BFA focussing on drawing. She then went on to do a certificate in digital illustration at Montreal’s Concordia University.
Belle breathes life into simple line drawings and saturated colours.
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ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:
Sonja loves painting pictures and telling stories. After studying and working for some years as a graphic designer in her hometown of Munich and Brussels, she decided to pack her suitcase and move to Barcelona to study Illustration at the “Llotja” Arts and Crafts School.
Since then she lives between brushes and all kinds of wonderful tales, working as a freelance illustrator for publishing houses and other clients around the world.
Her work has won multiple awards including the 2012 International Latino Book Awards Second Place for Best Children’s Picture Book-English and the 2011 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Gold Medal for Best Illustrator.
Sonja eventually moved back to Germany where she now lives with her family near the German Alps between two rivers and surrounded by forests.
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