"It was a bright and sunny day
in the merry month of May
when I took my bike out for a ride.
I pedaled through the hills of old Blissville
where an odd little man I spied."
This giddy little adventure follows the high-piling drama of a boy, a bike, and a half-dozen oddball characters ...all trying to hitch a ride on two wheels.
The tandem team of Scott and Caceres roll out another charming, funny fable full of bumps, curves, and unexpected characters that children from more than three continents have cuddled up to.
The Hitchers reminds us of the importance of setting personal boundaries, not letting unwanted burdens pile up, giving to those in need, and setting ourselves free through simple acts of "letting go".
Waverley has always wanted to write a great adventure story. But whenever she sits down at her typewriter, she is pestered by an unstoppable fly.
Thus we enter the story she had hoped to write, as she races and chases the insect from hilarious flip to flop. This is a story that kids will want to read again and again for the infectious rhythm, rhyme, and laugh-out-loud scenes of mounting action.
At the end, we're left to wonder whether Waverly's next adventure might be right under her nose.
This book also includes a useful glossary for some dozen literary terms included in the text ("Waverly's Odd Words"). Parents and teachers will find this book invaluable for enriching childrens' vocabulary, as well as exploring themes of overcoming distractions, following a passion, and experimenting with effective techniques for character development, storytelling and adventure writing.
Peter Pug was an awful young pirate.
He had a musket, but he never did fire it.
He had a sword that he couldn't quite hold.
And a treasure map that he had never unrolled.
He had a pirate ship that had never been to sea.
So what kind of awful young pirate was he?
When his sister's doll is stolen by a stork, Peter Pug sets off with all his pirate toys packed on his back, confronting bigger badder villains, and in the process gaining the confidence to be the heroic pirate he had once only imagined.
Written in easy, exuberant verse, this quick-paced tale is masterfully illustrated by British illustrator Zoe Saunders, and has been read by hundreds of children worldwide.
Peter Pug explores the value of playful imagination, sibling relations, confronting and overcoming fears, and realizing one's inner potential through challenging play and adventure.
Nathaniel's Pen was my first publication with Colombian illustrator, Diego Caceres. It presents to the reader a common problem-solving challenge faced by preschoolers - losing a toy or belonging, and having to find it.
After a morning of drawing pictures of his family, dinosaurs and spaceships, Nathaniel joins his mom and dad in running a series of errands in town. Together they go to the bank, the pharmacy, the supermarket, and finally to play in the park. When the three return home, they realize that somewhere in their travels, Nathaniel's pen has gone missing.
The book then invites the reader to help Nathaniel retrace his steps by leafing back through the exquisitely illustrated environments to help find the pen.
Through a well-metered and easy-to-read text, and Diego Cáceres' warm and engaging artwork, this book invites us to explore the important pre-school developmental skills of drawing, making lists, planning activities, putting things away, tying your shoes, exploring the neighbourhood, waiting in queue, and retracing steps to find lost objects.
He knows all the pilots, and the passengers, and most of the workers. For as long as he can remember, Tar Macadam has worked at an airport...as Runway Number 9! But he's fed up with the ice and snow. So, one night, he decides to pick himself up and escape to somewhere warmer.
Inspired by the wit of Edward Lear and Ogden Nash, this collection of nonsense rhymes draws delight from some of the odder and more overlooked place names of New Brunswick, Canada.
A sloth has a lovely life in his hammock,
swinging and swaying in the high tree top.
Then, one day, he's visited by a little fuzzy
wiggly thing he's never seen before.
Meanwhile, a couple of poachers
hatch a plan to catch the two
and sell them off as pets.
But will everything go as planned?
Another fanciful collaboration
with Nathan John Scott Hernandez.