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Skink on the Brink Hardcover – May 31 2013
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"There is a strong message in this book for readers about loving oneself but also accepting that one will change as one grows up. This change does not make anyone less special, but one may have to look a little harder to find what his or her new special qualities and features are. The story is not overly didactic though; instead, it is a warm, realistic expression of how a young person might feel when facing change s/he did not necessarily expect. The plasticine illustrations in this book, in the style of Barbara Reid, are beautiful. In particular, the detail in them is impressive. They are a joy for adults and children alike to explore. "Skink on the Brink is a great book. The story and illustrations are rich and interesting, and the added information and activities at the back of the book enrich the experience of reading this book. It would be a good purchase for all libraries."
Highly Recommended. **** / 4
-- CM Magazine
Winner of The Writers' Union of Canada's Writing for Children Award
The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) winner of the annual Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards-Canada, 2014
Rainforest of Reading Award nominee, 2014
On CCBC's Best Books for Kids and Teens list 2013 (starred selection)
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The book is well-written with beautiful and realistic illustrations. I liked the introduction of an endangered species because so many creatures are disappearing or evolving in our modern world. The story also sends a subtle message to children about growing up and how amazing that transformation can be. This is a wonderful addition to a library with its scientific commentary about Skinks and so much fun with the directions for making your own Stewie.
I loved it and will recommend it to other parents and young book lovers. Kudos to the author and illustrator for a well-crafted and lovely picture book