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Owlkids Books Fall 2017 Frontlist

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    Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient: K Lexile measure: AD760L Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 2 Reading Recovery Level: 18
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    For sale with exclusive rights in: WORLD
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    Distributor: UTP Distribution Supplies to:CA Availability: Available Carton Quantity:40 $18.95 CAD
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By (author): Kari Rust
9781771472524 Hardcover, Dust jacket English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 4, Grade (US) from P - 4 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Values & Virtues Oct 15, 2017
$18.95 CAD
Active 10 x 8 x 0.38 in | 422 gr 40 pages Colour illustrations Owlkids Books Inc.
An old dog learns new tricks in this story about righting wrongs. 

The Duke and his dog, Tricky, spend their days making trouble. They cheat, steal, and play cruel-hearted pranks on their neighbors, just for fun. But one day, somebody new comes to town and gives Tricky a treat that melts his mischievous heart — and sets him thinking about the effect his actions have on others.

Inspired to change his ways, Tricky decides to set things right the only way he knows how… with tricks! Tricky’s ploy might just lead The Duke to reconsider his ways. Stylized cartoon-inspired art adds a distinctive mood and humor to this fun debut picture book about empathy, revenge, and reform.

  • Story of an accomplice changing his ways and outsmarting the bad guy
  • Unique retro-style, cartoon-inspired art creates a memorable mood and setting
  • Discussion starter for character-building and empathy education

KARI RUST is a debut book author/illustrator with a background in character animation and design. Her hand-drawn, limited palette, digitally-colored images are full of warmth, style, and humor. A graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Kari lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

"The animated illustrations are especially deft at showing small shifts in body language, making even the nasty Duke somewhat endearing....promising." - Kirkus Reviews

"Despite the clear demarcation of good and evil, debut talent Rust avoids smarminess with lots of slapstick energy, and by not insisting on Duke's conversion at the end (although she does hint at reform)." - Publishers Weekly

"Their story is ultimately one of kindness and reform, so hilariously told that kids won't realize they've absorbed a behaviour lesson. Now that's a good trick." - Booklist

"This powerful story about kindness versus unkindness is a must-have for all libraries." - School Library Journal

"This is a beautifully illustrated picture book that eloquently teaches a valuable lesson... Recommended." - School Library Connection

"This book is a delight to read, with a fast-paced and amusing story. An added advantage is that it presents a life lesson in a light-hearted manner. Tricky is a book for all children's collections." - Canadian Review of Materials

"Heartwarming and humorous, kids are going to love hearing this debut picture book. It is fun to read out loud, and its illustrations will have little ones giggling as it is shared." - Sal's Fiction Addiction

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