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My Town's (Extra) Ordinary People
By (author): Mikel Casal
9783791373836 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 5 - 8, Grade (US) from K - 3 JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / General Mar 19, 2019
$22.95 CAD
Active 9.37 x 10.94 x 0.45 in 48 pages 24 Prestel Junior
This smart and whimsical portrait of the inhabitants of a town reveals the joys of discovering what makes each person unique and extraordinary.

Nico lives in a small coastal town, a place like any other, with ordinary neighbors and friends. But are they really ordinary? As Nico meanders through his town he introduces readers to his friends. There’s Josean, who works on the docks and who could be an Olympic rower. Peru recites all different kinds of poetry to his son. Nico’s best friend, Telmo, is a skateboarder with a wild imagination. Eva plays a mean jazz guitar and gives lessons so she can pay her rent and go to school. There’s Keiko, a potter; Dave, who is really tall; Sara, who owns a bookstore; Claud, a waiter whose real passion is astronomy. Each of these people, twenty-one in all, is depicted in charming, colorful drawings that celebrate quirkiness and individuality. This book encourages young readers to get to know the people around them and discover how everyone is different in their own wonderful way.

Illustrations: This book is filled with 24 bright, vintage-inspired illustrations.

Hobbies: Instead of focusing on the jobs or careers adults have, as many children’s books do, this book focuses on the interests and hobbies people have that help make them individuals.

Theme: The moral of this book is that everyone has something that makes them unique and that difference should be celebrated.

MIKEL CASAL is an artist and illustrator from the Basque Country in Northern Spain. His work has appeared in The Guardian, Tatler, The Boston Globe, and Media Vaca.

Author Residence: San Sebastian, Pais Basco, Spain

Author Hometown: San Sebastian, Pais Basco, Spain

Publicity: Pitch to parenting and children’s magazines (School Library Journal, Highlights, TIME for Kids)

Promote through children literature blogs and Mommy bloggers (, BookNerdMommy)

“A gentle reminder that everyone is worth valuing—even those without superpowers, exotic skills, wealth, dramatic pasts, or hordes of online friends.” -Kirkus Review

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