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Sunday, October 25, 2015

A Big Surprise for Little Card by Chrise Mericle Harper

ISBN: 9780763674854
Publisher's Synopsis:
Fall in love with a disarming picture-book hero in this quirky ode to spirit, identity, and the joy of having (or being) a library card.
In the world of cards, each one has a special job to do. Big Card keeps important papers in order. Tiny Card can be exchanged for a prize in an arcade. Round Card hangs out in a glamorous boutique. But is any card as lucky as Little Card? He’s going to school to become a birthday card — in other words, to sing, play games, eat cake, and be happy all day long. But wait! On the day he’s supposed to take his talents into the world, Long Card tells him there’s been a mix-up and they need to trade jobs. How can Little Card bring his exuberance into a library, a quiet place of books and rules and hushing? Offbeat and utterly endearing, this tale of a little guy who gives it all he’s got is complete with a sweet twist and a surprise ending.

MrsK's Review:
Books about books are such a sweet delight. A book about a Library card is a promising read, who wouldn't want to read about a library card's joy of ownership?

There are so many cards available for so many... postcards, tiny cards, greeting cards, and reading cards. Each card is unique and every type of card has its purpose. Meet Little Card. Full of possibilities. Little Card is full of joy, exploration, and a love of singing:
"Read a story that's new...
Pick the right one for you-----.
It fills you with won--der;
that's the ma--gic books do." 
After a quick misunderstanding, Little Card receives its true destination. A young girl named Alex. Together they explore the many activities offered at the library... the "rainbow" of books... the surprises... and the joy of discovery.

Such a delightful introduction into the possibilities within the open doors of a library,
Delightfully fun...
Perfect "hook" for the value of Libraries...
Wonderful design of the promises a little card can deliver!  
Meet the Author:
Charise Mericle Harper  I write and illustrate books for children.
I live near New York City with my two children, two pets and one husband.
I like to make things - except lunches for school.
I do not like to make those.
 Charise Harper

Meet the Illustrator: Anna Raff
AnnaRaff-bySymonChow1   Anna’s illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Ask, and Kiwi Magazine, among others; on TV with "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," and MTV’s "Woodie Awards." In 2010, she created Ornithoblogical, a blog of bird-related imagery.

Before her career as an illustrator, Anna was a designer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and several children’s book publishers in New York City. She is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts Illustration Summer Residency Program, has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, a BA from Connecticut College, and lives in New York City, where there are reportedly four rats per human resident.

Visit Anna's Blog
"I received this book for free for this review."
Candlewick Press

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