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    Bureau of Misplaced Dads, The Eric Veillé, Pauline Martin
    9781771382380 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:August 01, 2015
    $18.95 CAD 8 x 9.5 x 0.38 in | 0.79 lb | 34 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      When a little boy realizes, “I accidentally misplaced my dad this morning,” he runs outside to look for him. There he meets a man who tells the boy he works at the Bureau of Misplaced Dads. “Come with me,” the man says. “With any luck, your father will be there waiting for you ...” At the Bureau of Misplaced Dads, the boy is shown dozens of dads who are missing their children --- including a Super Dad, a dancing dad and a dad “who always looks like he's just gotten out of bed” --- but none of them are the right dad. None of them are his dad. Is the little boy looking in the wrong place? This funny and heartwarming picture book covers a subject every child can relate to --- the fear of getting separated from a parent. However, in Éric Veillé's original story, the roles are reversed and the child is the one searching, while the dads are all “lost” and waiting to be picked up. The illustrations by Pauline Martin highlight quirky details of the fathers, bringing a light touch to the subject. This book would be a useful classroom tool to begin a discussion about the sensitive topic of fear. With so many different kinds of dads represented here, this book could also spark a lively conversation on family diversity, or even a sharing presentation in which each child can choose which dad is the most like his or her own and why.
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      ... a sticky pastel confection of a story.
      National Post
      A gently surreal tale ... it's hard not to be charmed by the dads on display, including a "dad who always looks like he's just gotten out of bed".
      Kirkus Reviews
      The Bureau of Misplaced Dads is silliness at its best ... beautifully goofy.
      Globe and Mail
      This lighthearted story ... is a charming treat for youthful and adult imaginations alike.
      CM Magazine
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    Loula and Mister the Monster Anne Villeneuve Canada, Anne Villeneuve Canada
    9781771383264 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:September 01, 2015
    $18.95 CAD 8 x 11 x 0.38 in | 0.84 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Loula panics when she overhears Mama saying, “I can't live with that ... that MONSTER anymore!” She knows Mama must be talking about Mister, Loula's beloved dog, who can be “a little too messy, a little too clumsy and a little too hungry ... a LOT of the time.” Loula tells Mister, “If you don't stop with the bad manners, Mama will throw you out, like an old pair of shoes!” And what would Loula do without Mister? She's just going to have to find a way to transform Mister the monster “into the most perfect little dog no mama can resist.” But will lessons at Loula's School of Good Manners be enough? Or will the job prove to be too big, even for Loula? This endearing picture book from award-winning creator Anne Villeneuve is the third story about Loula, a charming and spirited little girl destined to be a classic heroine. The warm and witty narrative combined with the emotion, energy and clever details packed into the ink and watercolor illustrations make for a perfect read-aloud. Loula's unique blend of imagination and enthusiasm in response to her problems offers an empowering model for children. This title would be an excellent choice for character education lessons on taking initiative and exhibiting resilience in facing up to difficulties. Also, the sweet relationship between Loula and the ever-patient Gilbert --- the family chauffeur, who assists with her dog training --- is a tribute to the power of positive adult attention.
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      Anne Villeneuve has written and illustrated close to 40 books, created games for magazines, illustrated for newspapers and designed cake boxes for a bakery. Over the years, her work has earned her many distinguished recognitions, such as the Governor General's Literary Award and the Québec/Wallonie-Bruxelles Literary Award in 2000, the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award in 2005 and 2009, and the Mr. Christie's Book Award in 1998.

      Anne Villeneuve has written and illustrated close to 40 books, created games for magazines, illustrated for newspapers and designed cake boxes for a bakery. Over the years, her work has earned her many distinguished recognitions, such as the Governor General's Literary Award and the Québec/Wallonie-Bruxelles Literary Award in 2000, the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award in 2005 and 2009, and the Mr. Christie's Book Award in 1998.

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      ... Anne Villeneuve's adorable French-tinged series with vintage feel.
      Quill & Quire
      Ample opportunities for discussing and predicting...
      School Library Connection
      Like a stinky dog-lick on the nose, this simply silly picture book will bring smiles to little faces.
      Kirkus Reviews
      This title nicely pairs with discussion of manners or avoiding false assumptions.
      School Library Journal
      Villeneuve's charming watercolor-and-ink illustrations show how devoted Loula and Mister are to each other and playfully depict their comic antics.
      Booklist
      Young readers will find delight in the escapades of Loula and Mister while older readers can enjoy the attention to detail in the illustrations and the witty dialogue.
      CM Magazine
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    Mr. Postmouse's Rounds Marianne Dubuc Canada, Marianne Dubuc Canada
    9781771385725 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:August 01, 2015
    $18.95 CAD 9.5 x 11.75 x 0.38 in | 1.15 lb | 24 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      In this bustling picture book, Mr. Postmouse carefully loads up his wagon and sets off to make the day's mail deliveries to all the animals on his route. Via cross-section drawings, readers get to peer inside each home Mr. Postmouse stops at, and every one is different, depending on the animals who live there. For example, there's a hole in the middle of the kitchen floor of the Rabbits' home that leads underground to where they sleep and eat. Mr. Snake's superlong home has heat lamps throughout its length. The Birds live in a tree house, and Mrs. Octopus in a sunken shipwreck. Mr. Bear's house has a beehive on the roof with an attached pipe that brings honey straight into the kitchen. Furnishings in Mrs. Fly's home are stuck to the ceiling. Award-winning author and illustrator Marianne Dubuc is a master at clever, specific details in her drawings to bring each fully imagined animal and dwelling to life on the page. Though more whimsical and tongue-in-cheek than true, this is a terrific book for teaching children about the characteristics and diversity of animal life, including their habitats, their needs, how they live and what they eat. And it's also loads of fun. With so much going on across every spread, children will love poring over the pages on their own, discovering something new every time. Children are also likely to be inspired to create their own made-up stories about what activities are going on in each of the animal's homes in the book.
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      Marianne Dubuc wrote and illustrated In Front of My House, which was nominated for the 2011 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, and The Bus Ride, which received the 2015 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

      Marianne Dubuc wrote and illustrated In Front of My House, which was nominated for the 2011 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, and The Bus Ride, which received the 2015 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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      Best Picture Books of 2015, Kirkus Reviews 2015, Winner
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      ... Dubuc has created a tiny, perfect, mouse-sized universe.
      Montreal Review of Books
      ... young readers will want to start again, savoring every tiny detail.
      Booklist
      Every time we read this book, we noticed new things in the drawings. Fantastic!
      Globe and Mail
      It is a flexible book that would accommodate different uses, such as a lovely bedtime story, an early introduction to postal services, or a good imagination-starter...
      CM Magazine
      Like a mailbox overstuffed with gifts, Dubuc's animal scenes are a delight and well worth the wait.
      Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
      This charming book begs to be reread to further delight in all the enchanting details.
      School Library Connection
      Variety and detail, humour and home life will make this stand up to multiple viewings.
      Toronto Star
  • 4
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    Specific Ocean, The Kyo Maclear Canada, Katty Maurey Canada
    9781894786355 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 On Sale Date:August 01, 2015
    $18.95 CAD 8.63 x 12 x 0.38 in | 0.11 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      In this gently told picture book, a young girl is unhappy about having to leave the city for a family vacation on the Pacific Ocean (which she used to call the Specific Ocean). As the days pass, however, she is drawn to spend more time in and near the water, feeling moved by its beauty and rhythms. “The ocean does its own thing, rolling backward and forward. Wash, swash, splush, hush. There is no late or hurry or racing in ocean time.” By the end of the vacation, the girl has grown to love the ocean and now feels reluctant to leave it behind. But as she soon realizes, it doesn't ever have to leave her. “Calm. Blue. Ruffled. Gray. Playful. Green. Mysterious. Black. Foggy. Silver. Roaring. White. No matter where I am, this specific ocean will be with me.” Author Kyo Maclear has written a sweet and evocative love story about the magic and wonder of the ocean. Katty Maurey's softly drawn illustrations maintain the poetic feel of the text, while bringing to life the imagery of the seaside, adding a wonderful richness to the pages. This book would make a lyrical read-aloud that could lull young children into an appreciation for the peaceful joy found in nature. It also presents a compelling emotional component to why conserving our natural spaces is important, and would work well for any classroom science discussion on the environment or on the ocean as a habitat and ecosystem.
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      Kyo Maclear is an award-winning writer and novelist. Her first book for children, Spork, has received a number of honors, including a 2011 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award nomination. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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      ... this is a handsome, evocative look at one child's formative experience.
      School Library Journal
      Maclear and Maurey capture with finesse the mysterious process by which a physical place finds its way into the heart.
      Publishers Weekly
      The Specific Ocean serves as a timely reminder that the mysteries and wonders of nature can be carried with us, no matter how busy we are.
      Quill & Quire
      [the] final description of the ocean is rapturous ... A lovely, quiet beach story.
      Kirkus Reviews
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    Stanley at School Linda Bailey Canada, Bill Slavin Canada
    9781771380966 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:August 01, 2015
    $18.95 CAD 10 x 9 x 0.38 in | 0.93 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Every day, Stanley the dog watched all the children in his neighborhood walk down his street and into their school, where they stayed until the afternoon. And every day he got more and more curious. “What did the kids do in that school all day?” His dog friends at the park didn't know any more than he did. So they decided to find out, and together they made their way to the bottom of the stairs in front of the school. “And that's when Stanley got an idea. A big idea. A bold idea! An idea so daring, it made his fur stand up. 'Why don't we go inside?' he said.” What could be more fun than four dogs running loose in an elementary school? Not much. Until they get caught, that is! Small children love stories about things in their world getting turned upside down, and this story delivers in a big way. This sixth book in the bestselling series from the multi-award-winning team of Linda Bailey and Bill Slavin will have children roaring with delight, as the dogs are shown in hilarious detail making their way through lunch boxes, chasing basketballs and upending instruments and paint jars before eventually getting marched out by the principal (the “top dog” at the school). This book is a natural for a lively read-aloud, but it could also spark a discussion about seeing things from another's point of view, in this case a dog's.
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      Linda Bailey is an award-winning author of many books for children, including Goodnight Sweet Pig, Stanley's Party, the Stevie Diamond Mysteries, and the Good Times Travel Agency series. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

      Bill Slavin is an award-winning children's book illustrator with over 50 books to his credit. His works include Stanley's Party and The Bear on the Bed He lives in Millbrook, Ontario.

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      Bill Slavin's illustrations are colourful and continue the style readers will expect from previous titles in the series.
      CM Magazine
      Slavin's illustrations are a delight ...[readers] are sure to laugh at the dogs' adventures.
      Kirkus Reviews
      This dog's-eye view of a day at school will leave readers laughing with delight ... Stanley fans will enjoy the latest escapade in the series.
      School Library Journal
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    Starring Shapes! Tania Howells Canada, Tania Howells Canada
    9781554537433 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:September 01, 2015
    $16.95 CAD 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.38 in | 0.71 lb | 24 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      In this clever picture book, six different shapes attend Shapeston Elementary School along with the children: Triangle, Square, Circle, Rectangle, Rhombus (or “Diamond” to her friends) and Oval. As the story begins, the big news at school is the upcoming play. Everyone is looking forward to auditioning, especially the shapes. One by one they are introduced, with descriptions of their unique personalities and interests, along with the roles they've played before (Triangle as a tortilla chip, Oval as a skating rink, Diamond as a kite and the like). Happily, after all the wonderful auditions, the drama teacher decides everyone gets to be in the play! This fresh and playful idea for a concept book, written and illustrated by Tania Howells, makes shapes and early geometry fun. Each shape gets its own two-page spread. On the left is a large picture of the shape, with a simple and expressive face and limbs set in a jaunty pose, along with the explanatory text. On the right are boxes containing smaller illustrations of objects made out of the shape. The art, simply drawn in bright, bold colors, is charming and engaging. These spreads could easily work on their own for a lesson on shapes, and the book could be used to spark a variety of “I spy” activities with young children, in the classroom, in the playground or anywhere out in the world. Also, the ending spread showing the play's performance offers a terrific opportunity to search for the different shapes on the stage.
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      Tania Howells's illustrations have appeared in Chirp and Today's Parent, among other publications. She is the illustrator of Berkeley's Barn Owl Dance and Willow's Whispers. Tania lives in Toronto, Ontario.

      Tania Howells's illustrations have appeared in Chirp and Today's Parent, among other publications. She is the illustrator of Berkeley's Barn Owl Dance and Willow's Whispers. Tania lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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      Howells' digital artwork is bright and colorful and clearly shows the many places shapes can be found.
      Kirkus Reviews
      Starring Shapes is definitely a treasure for the classroom, school or family library.
      CM Magazine
  • 7
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    Tea Party in the Woods, The Akiko Miyakoshi, Akiko Miyakoshi
    9781771381079 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:August 01, 2015
    $18.99 CAD 8.13 x 9.75 x 0.38 in | 0.88 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      When a young girl named Kikko realizes her father has forgotten the pie he was supposed to bring to Grandma's house, she offers to try and catch him as he makes his way through the woods. She hurriedly follows her father's footprints in the snow and happens upon a large house she has never seen before. Curious, Kikko peers through the window, when she is startled by a small lamb wearing a coat and carrying a purse. Even more surprising, the lamb speaks, asking her in a kind voice, ?Are you here for the tea party?? Suddenly, Kikko realizes her trip through the woods has turned into something magical.

      Award-winning author and illustrator Akiko Miyakoshi has beautifully crafted an original fairy tale picture book that will delight and enchant. The unique visual presentation features mostly black-and-white art with the occasional use of red or yellow to help guide readers through the pages. Kikko's blend of courage and reticence along with her inquisitive nature makes her a character children will relate to, and the many unexpected twists and turns of her adventure keep the intrigue growing. The ambiguous ending --- in which it is not clear whether Kikko imagined the tea party or if the animals simply disappeared back into the woods --- provides a terrific opportunity for children to weigh in on what they think happened. This book also could launch classroom conversations about children's own experiences of being trusted with big responsibilities.
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      Akiko Miyakoshi was born in Saitama, on the island of Honshu in Japan. She began creating picture books while studying visual communication design at Musashino Art University. Her first picture book, The Storm, won the Nissan Children's Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix.

      Akiko Miyakoshi was born in Saitama, on the island of Honshu in Japan. She began creating picture books while studying visual communication design at Musashino Art University. Her first picture book, The Storm, won the Nissan Children's Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix.

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      Best Picture Books of 2015, Kirkus Reviews 2015, Winner
      Reviews
      ... a beautiful Alice in Wonderland/Little Red Riding Hood mashup.
      Quill & Quire
      ... simple, textured drawings are detailed enough to convey the characters' emotions.
      School Library Connection
      ... the varied delights offered by this strange, captivating picture book.
      The Boston Globe
      ... young readers will enjoy exploring The Tea Party in the Woods on their own while adults similarly will enjoy sharing it with the young people in their lives.
      CM Magazine
      A superb, atmospheric mix of fairy tale and dream, wild woods and home comfort.
      Toronto Star
      As beguilingly surreal as the Mad Hatter's party, with its own enigmatic appeal.
      Kirkus Reviews, starred review
      Miyakoshi's fairy-tale-like language, fanciful scenes, and cheery ending make this offbeat take on Little Red Riding Hood perfect for sharing.
      Booklist
      The graceful proportions, atmospheric detail, and quiet, bewitching light of Miyakoshi's charcoals distinguish this small gem.
      Publishers Weekly, starred review
      The hardest part of letting children do things on their own ... is giving them an opportunity to fail ... which is why this amazing book resonated with all three of us.
      Globe and Mail
      This is a delightfully unique story with striking illustrations ...
      School Library Journal
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    Worms Bernard Friot, Aurélie Guillerey
    9781771385718 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:September 01, 2015
    $16.95 CAD 8 x 8 x 0.38 in | 0.66 lb | 24 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      A small boy is SO bored at a dinner with the executives from his father's company, he thinks he might just die of boredom! So he's happy to help when his father asks him to bring in the salads from the kitchen. However, when the boy looks at the beautifully prepared shrimp salads laid out to be served to the guests, he gets a strange idea. “I'm not sure why, but looking at the salads, I suddenly thought of worms,” he explains. “The worms I use for fishing bait that I keep in the fridge, way at the back, behind the yogurt.” And just like that, the boy has found a way to turn the boring dinner party into anything but! Author Bernard Friot has written a hilarious picture book tale of a small boy's mischief, with a sly take on what it wreaks in the world of the grown-ups. Illustrations by Aurélie Guillerey add to the delight, with humorous touches and marvelous details, including the shocked expressions of both the guests and the worms as they eye each other. This book would make a popular read-aloud that is sure to evoke lots of “ew!” responses from small children, along with peals of laughter. The book also offers terrific insights into social behavior, in how the adults each respond when they realize what they've been served. This could spark a fun and funny classroom discussion about what children might do if they were in a similar uncomfortable situation.
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      ... many will squirm with delight at his wormy prank.
      Booklist Online
      Guillerey's delightfully ink-scrawled, retro-style drawings and expressive tiny, pink worms add extra fun.
      Kirkus Reviews
      Together, text and illustrations will evoke howls of laughter...
      CM Magazine
  • 9
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    I Can Roar! Frank Asch, Frank Asch
    9781771385473 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from P - P On Sale Date:August 01, 2015
    $15.95 CAD 8 x 12 x 0.44 in | 0.93 lb | 20 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      This engaging board book offers a unique interactive experience for young children. Each page introduces a different animal with a suggestion for how a child can imitate that animal, such as “I can roar like a lion” and “I can snap like a turtle.” In place of the animal's face on each brightly illustrated page is a four-inch circular cut-out, allowing the child to insert his or her own face and pretend to be the animal by acting out what the text instructs. Alternating between animal sounds (“I can hoot like an owl”) and animal actions (“I can stick out my tongue like a snake”), this book provides children with loads of opportunities for imaginative play. It is also an excellent resource for teaching the youngest children about many kinds of animals. From a walrus to a cow, a cat to a bear, seventeen are featured in all, including household pets, farm favorites and creatures that live in the wild. The final page of the book concludes with the empowering message “I can be anything!” Created by the bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Frank Asch, this book would work beautifully for a creative activity with preschoolers or kindergartners. It could be used one on one with a child or could be passed around the circle allowing each youngster to take a turn with the next animal. This is a truly fun book that young children are sure to request.
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      Frank Asch is the author and illustrator of more than 70 books for children. His picture books with Kids Can Press include Ziggy Piggy and the Three Little Pigs and Mr. Maxwell's Mouse (illustrated by his son, Devin Asch). Frank lives in Middletown Springs, Vermont.

      Frank Asch is the author and illustrator of more than 70 books for children. His picture books with Kids Can Press include Ziggy Piggy and the Three Little Pigs and Mr. Maxwell's Mouse (illustrated by his son, Devin Asch). Frank lives in Middletown Springs, Vermont.

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      Great for adults and children to share, taking turns playing the parts of various animals. For more fun, have a mirror handy so kids can be delighted by their own transformations.
      Kirkus Reviews
      I Can Roar! is a clever and entertaining story to read with little ones.
      CM Magazine
      Something to roar about.
      School Library Journal
  • 10
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    Series: CitizenKid
    Child Soldier When Boys and Girls Are Used in War Michel Chikwanine Canada, Jessica Dee Humphreys Canada, Claudia Dávila Canada
    9781771381260 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / History Age (years) from 10 - 14, Grade (US) from 5 - 9 On Sale Date:September 01, 2015
    $18.95 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 0.38 in | 0.84 lb | 48 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Michel Chikwanine was five years old when he was abducted from his school-yard soccer game in the Democratic Republic of Congo and forced to become a soldier for a brutal rebel militia. Against the odds, Michel managed to escape and find his way back to his family, but he was never the same again. After immigrating to Canada, Michel was encouraged by a teacher to share what happened to him in order to raise awareness about child soldiers around the world, and this book is part of that effort. Told in the first person and presented in a graphic novel format, the gripping story of Michel's experience is moving and unsettling. But the humanity he exhibits in the telling, along with Claudia Dávila's illustrations, which evoke rather than depict the violent elements of the story, makes the book accessible for this age group and, ultimately, reassuring and hopeful. The back matter contains further information, as well as suggestions for ways children can help. This is a perfect resource for engaging youngsters in social studies lessons on global awareness and social justice issues, and would easily spark classroom discussions about conflict, children's rights and even bullying. Michel's actions took enormous courage, but he makes clear that he was and still is an ordinary person, no different from his readers. He believes everyone can do something to make the world a better place, and so he shares what his father told him: ?If you ever think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito.?
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      Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Michel Chikwanine has experienced civil war, political upheaval and poverty, emerging as an individual wise beyond his years. Forced by these circumstances to leave his home country at the age of 11 as a refugee, Michel has since traveled to 35 African countries, witnessing firsthand the problems faced by the developing world, but also the beauty of the communities and people who live [email protected]

      Jessica Dee Humphreys has worked with several girls' rights organizations, including Save the Children and the United Nations Development Fund for Women. She is the co-author of a number of bestselling books, including Roméo Dallaire's Waiting for First Light and They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children. Jessica is also the co-author of the award-winning CitizenKid graphic novel Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War, with Michel Chikwanine.

      Graphic designer and children's illustrator Claudia Dávila was born in Chile and now makes her home in Toronto. She was formerly the art director of Chirp and Chickadee magazines.

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      The narration includes enough history of the Congo to give context to the personal story, while the back matter provides more information about child soldiers.
      Booklist
      An unforgettable book that provides factual information about civil wars and especially child soldiers.
      Resource Links
      Graphic in format but not detail ...The visual element gives this memoir particular immediacy for audiences who "don't understand what is happening right now, to kids just like them."
      Kirkus Reviews
      ... Child Soldier conveys Michel's horrific experience with sensitivity, insight, and skill ... also providing readers with relevant information about the geography and history of the country.
      Quill & Quire, Starred Review
      ... an eye-opening and heartbreaking account of Chikwanine's kidnapping at the age of five.
      Quill & Quire
      ... the direct first-person narration lays bare the boy's confusion and pain ...[while] Dávila's panel sequences temper the story's atrocities ...
      Publishers Weekly
      An enlightening, accessible, and, above all, child-friendly introduction to the issue.
      School Library Journal, Starred Review

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