Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Little Crooked Bookshelf on #ReviewsDay

Tilly & Tank
by Jay Fleck

(This week's #ReviewsDay pick is from cottager Kara LaReau.)

What it's all about...
At first, Tilly thinks Tank is an elephant. Tank thinks Tilly is a tank. After a series of BOOM-ing encounters, the two embark on a blooming friendship.

Why I love it...
I LOVE Jay Fleck's artwork, and my little one loves elephants, so this was a no-brainer — plus, the themes of peace and friendship here are universal and timely.

Favorite lines...
Slowly and carefully,
Tilly tiptoed closer...
and closer...
until she was close enough to...
...give the green elephant a friendly tap.

Sample illustration...

What's the kid-appeal?
Fans of animals and big machines (and loud noises!) will find a lot of crossover appeal here.

What's the grownup appeal?
A sweet, gentle story with a lovely lesson: Sometimes our enemies are merely friendships waiting to blossom.

Where to find/buy Tilly & Tank
Indie Booksellers
Barnes & Noble

Or at a school or library near you!

Jay Fleck is a designer and illustrator based in Shorewood, IL. He is the illustrator of the picture books Double Take!Black Belt Bunny, and Everything You. His artwork has been featured on products at the GAP, on Threadless and on the front page of Society6.com, as well as a number of other brick-and-mortar and internet stores. Tilly and Tank is the first picture book he has both written and illustrated.

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