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This Book Isn’t Safe

This Book Isn’t Safe
by Colin Furze (Author)

Booktalk: Colin Furze, five-time Guinness World Record Holder and YouTube’s undisputed king of crazy inventions, instructs fans and curious young inventors on how to build ten brand new wacky inventions at home with an affordable tool kit.

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Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters

Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters
by Michael Mahin (Author) and‎ Evan Turk (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Muddy Waters was never good at doing what he was told. When Grandma Della said the blues wouldn’t put food on the table, Muddy didn’t listen. And when record producers told him no one wanted to listen to a country boy playing country blues, Muddy ignored them as well. This tenacious streak carried Muddy from the hardscrabble fields of Mississippi to the smoky juke joints of Chicago and finally to a recording studio where a landmark record was made.

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Picture Book Biography of Dr. Seuss

Today at Wrapped in Foil we rave about the new picture book biography Imagine That!: How Dr. Seuss Wrote The Cat in the Hat by Judy Sierra and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.

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To set the stage, Judy Sierra describes what kids might have been doing in 1954. Then, using just the right rhythmic tone, she reveals how Dr. Seuss began writing The Cat in the Hat that year. Next comes the central message:  given the struggles Dr. Seuss had writing the book using a limited vocabulary list, he could have easily given up. Instead he persevered, dug deep into his creative toolbox, and ultimately was successful. It is an important message delivered with a light touch.

The text isn’t the whole package. Kevin Hawkes’s illustrations are delightful as well, paying playful homage to Dr. Seuss’s style.

The bottom line is Imagine That!: How Dr. Seuss Wrote The Cat in the Hat is simply a picture perfect picture book biography. Check out a copy today.

And check out the review at Wrapped in Foil for more details and suggestions for related activities.

Dreams and What They Mean

Dreams and What They Mean: Facts, Trivia, and Quizzes
by Elsie Olson (Author)

Booktalk: Do you remember your dreams? In your lifetime, you’ll have as many as 100,000 dreams! Could they be trying to tell you something? Some people believe dreams can reveal a lot about your personality, your relationships, or even your future. Trying to interpret dreams can be a lot of fun. Explore the world of sleep and dreams with fun quizzes and fascinating facts!

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Long-Armed Ludy and the First Women’s Olympics

Long-Armed Ludy and the First Women’s Olympics
by Jean L. S. Patrick (Author) and Adam Gustavson (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Lucile “Ludy” Godbold was six feet tall and skinnier than a Carolina pine and an exceptional athlete. In her final year on the track team at Winthrop College in South Carolina, Ludy tried the shot put and she made that iron ball sail with her long, skinny arms. But when Ludy qualified for the first Women’s Olympics in 1922, Ludy had no money to go.

Thanks to the help of her college and classmates, Ludy traveled to Paris and won the gold medal with more than a foot to spare. Hooray for Ludy!

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