Synopses & Reviews
You go, Girl
Dream Big, pig
Poppy is a waddling, toddling pig with big dreams. She wants to be a star But she soon discovers that's not as easy as it sounds. It's only when Poppy feels the magic of gliding and sliding, swirling and twirling on ice that our most persistent pig truly believes in herself: Poppy, star of the rink
Kristi Yamaguchi is an ice-skating Olympic gold medalist and world champion who knows how to make dreams come true. Through her picture book debut, Kristi inspires children of all ages to dream big
Kristi Yamaguchi is an Olympic figure skating champion and winner of Dancing With the Stars. Her motto Always Dream contributed to her success on and off the ice and is one that she aspires to instill in the hearts of children. Kristi currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and their two young daughters.
Tim Bowers has always had a love for animals. In fact, he enjoyed spending time at his grandparents' home visiting their furry friends, which at one time, included a pet pig named Porky Tim has illustrated more than twenty-five children's books and received numerous awards for his delightfully sweet and silly illustrations. He often visits schools to promote literacy and to share his experience and love for illustrating children's books. Tim Bowers lives in Ohio with his wife. Visit him at www.timbowers.com
Olympic champion figure skater Yamaguchi centers her chipper debut children's book on a "pot bellied waddling toddling pig" who aspires to be a star. Repeatedly encouraged by her mother grandparents and best friend Poppy follows one outsize dream after another unsuccessfully trying out for roles as a ballerina singer and supermodel. " ‘Follow your dreams!' said Poppy's mother who loved her no matter what. ‘You go girl!' said Poppy's grandparents who were her biggest fans.... ‘Dancing is just not for you' said the people in charge of the ballet." Bowers's (First Dog) pastel hued cartoons spotlight the piglet's vivid imagination: before each audition Poppy's glammed up visions appear in thought balloons over her head. Though her spirits sag after her third failure her loved ones' support keeps her inspired. Yamaguchi's message is more about determination than preternatural talent; when Poppy turns to ice skating her persistence pays off—and a twirling glowing Poppy draws admiring crowds—but even then she's not "perfect." Comedic flourishes both in the artwork and in the repetition of the praise/criticism Poppy receives keep the story from feeling overly inspirational. Ages 4–8. (Mar.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"Olympic champion figure skater Yamaguchi centers her chipper debut children's book on a 'pot-bellied, waddling, toddling pig' who aspires to be a star. Repeatedly encouraged by her mother, grandparents, and best friend, Poppy follows one outsize dream after another, unsuccessfully trying out for roles as a ballerina, singer, and supermodel. ' Ã¢Â€Â˜Follow your dreams!' said Poppy's mother, who loved her no matter what. Ã¢Â€Â˜You go, girl!' said Poppy's grandparents, who were her biggest fans.... Ã¢Â€Â˜Dancing is just not for you,' said the people in charge of the ballet.' Bowers's (First Dog) pastel-hued cartoons spotlight the piglet's vivid imagination: before each audition, Poppy's glammed-up visions appear in thought balloons over her head. Though her spirits sag after her third failure, her loved ones' support keeps her inspired. Yamaguchi's message is more about determination than preternatural talent; when Poppy turns to ice skating, her persistence pays off and a twirling, glowing Poppy draws admiring crowds but even then she's not 'perfect.' Comedic flourishes, both in the artwork and in the repetition of the praise/criticism Poppy receives, keep the story from feeling overly inspirational. Ages 4 8. (Mar.) To market, to market comes a new collection of nursery rhymes jazzed up by a rebus format. A large trim size gives Hillenbrand (Don't Slam the Door!) ample room to create cheerful scenes in which familiar characters cavort. But his playful tweaks in visually depicting both verse and action make this outing special. Each uncluttered, mixed-media spread features a rhyme (mostly well-known classics, including Jack and Jill, Miss Muffet, and Humpy Dumpty), which appears in large font with pictures in place of some of the words. The same rebus pictures appear and are labeled in the main art on the page, so readers can make connections between words and images. Gently humorous touches abound: King Cole is a jolly-looking lion, and his fiddlers three are none other than the three blind mice; Wee Willie Winkie is wee indeed he's a mouse. This volume works as a nifty guessing game for early readers (some of the rebus pictures will be more obvious than others), and the beloved rhymes and detail-rich artwork should earn the project an enthusiastic audience. Ages 5 8. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
“R.A. Dickey is one of the coolest athletes Ive ever met.” — George Vecsey, The New York Times
"Dickey, with an assist from Karounos, creates a sweet, sympathetic character and presents an earnest, heartfelt message." - Kirkus Reviews
"The clear, lively writing and nice pacing make this a good addition to the canon of antibullying books that make their point without being message driven. Bowers adds to the fun...his cartoon acrylic paint illustrations effectively capture Neds wobbliness and make the pages come alive with motion." - School Library Journal
Poppy has big dreams-lots of them! But following her dreams isn't as easy as it sounds. Poppy wants to be a ballerina, a singer, and a supermodel but people just keep telling her no!
It's a good thing Poppy's friends and family-who love her no matter what-encourage her to keep believing in herself and pursuing her dreams. Poppy achieves her dreams and will inspire readers to believe that they can too!
Kristi Yamaguchi is an ice skating Olympic gold medalist and world champion who knows about dreaming big. The motto, Always Dream, serves as Kristi's personal inspiration as well as the name of her charitable foundation for children. This philosophy has contributed to Kristi's success on and off the ice, and is one that she aspires to instill in the hearts of children.
Poppy is a little pig that dreams of being a star, and even though her first attempts all fail, the support and love of her family and friends encourage her to keep trying and working hard to find something that she loves doing, and is good at.
Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey creates a funny anti-bullying picture book with an adorable baseball character that kids will love
Ned the baseball is very nervous on his first day of school. Everyone else seems to know where they belong, but not Ned. He isn't a fastball or a slider, and the Foul Ball gang makes fun of him for the way he wobbles. When they do something particularly dastardly to another student, it's up to Ned to come to the rescue with his unique abilities. Not only does Ned realize he's a knuckleball, but he discovers that he can be a hero, too!
About the Author
R.A. Dickey is a starting pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays. In 2012, while playing for the New York Mets, he became the first knuckleball pitcher to with the Cy Young Award. When not on the road with the team, he lives in Tennessee with his wife and four children. R.A. is also the author of the bestselling memoir Wherever I Wind Up and its adaptation for young readers, Throwing Strikes.
Tim Bowers is the illustrator of over thirty children's books. He lives in central Ohio.