Perfect Picture Book Friday: ELLA AND MONKEY AT SEA Plus Giveaway

When I moved from Colorado Springs, I left behind a wonderful kidlit group. And I wondered…would I find other writer friends in my new home in New Hampshire? Happily, I did. And I am still critiquing with my old friends. 

But the fear of going to new places and leaving behind old friends is a fear many people deal with, children included. So when I saw that Emilie Boon had a new picture book about this very topic debuting this week, I knew I wanted to feature it for Perfect Picture Book Friday. And when I reached out to her, she agreed to stop by tomorrow to chat on Will Write for Cookies. What good luck! Even better, she and her publisher are offering a giveaway of a copy of this adorable book, so please don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered for a chance to win.

book cover

ELLA AND MONKEY AT SEA

Written and illustrated by Emilie Boon

Published by Candlewick (August 2018)

Ages: 4-7

Themes: Moving/loss, adapting/acceptance, expressing emotion

Synopsis: From Amazon:

” Leaving home and traveling to a whole new place is overwhelming, so it’s good to have a beloved toy who can help express how you feel. 

Ella’s best friend, Monkey, doesn’t like good-bye hugs. He doesn’t want to say good-bye to Oma. And he doesn’t want to move away forever. Neither does Ella. But Papa is waiting for them in New York. So Ella and Monkey must board the ship with Mama and leave their old home in Holland for their new home in America. Along the way, there is fish for dinner (Monkey hates fish), a playroom full of new kids (Monkey doesn’t like strangers), and stormy seas that leave everyone feeling sick. Can Ella and Monkey find a way to weather the storm? Will they ever feel at home again? This sweetly illustrated picture book will appeal to anyone who has left home behind — and to children who find creative ways to share their emotions.”

Why I like this book:

  • So relatable to young children – leaving behind all you know and going to a new place, traveling alone, using a stuffed animal to talk to and comfort you
  • Beautifully illustrated – the emotions leap off the page

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Dear friends…thank you for spending your precious time here. I hope you will stop by tomorrow when author/illustrator Emilie Boon will be chatting with us. And don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway.

 

 

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (Pomegranate Press, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, 2019), FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY WE MOVE (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2019), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my 9-year old grandson.

Posted on August 10, 2018, in book giveaway, Crafts for kids, Susanna Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. Wow! Sounds like a wonderfully enriching book!

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  2. Beth Gallagher

    Another fabulous PPBF post! This book looks really good and I can’t wait to read it to my students! 😊

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  3. My son has such trouble with change. I have to really prepare and step him through alterations to his routine- like when we moved in 2015.

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  4. What a wonderful story, Vivian. I will definitely look for this fun tale about change. Congratulations, Emilie Boon. I can’t wait to read about Ella and Monkey.

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  5. This book looks adorable and I definitely think kids will be able to relate. Looking forward to reading it.

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  6. Thanks for introducing me to this book, Vivian. It looks so sweet and on point about how to face everything new.

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  7. Can’t wait to meet Ella and Monkey and experience their journey!

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  8. Thanks for sharing. It’s such a sweet story.

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  9. Thabks Vivian! This looks like a sweet book. Congrats Emilie!

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  10. Anitha Kuppuswamy

    Thanks for the lovely book!! I can’t wait to read about Ella & Monkey.

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  11. So appropriate. Seems adorable. Can’t wait to read it!

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  12. Sounds like a keeper! Can’t wait to read it…

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  13. Danielle Hammelef

    I can’t wait to read this book! It may help me understand what my mom went through better. I used to make sock puppets and then made a few with my own daughters.

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  14. I am interested in seeing how she covers this topic! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. mariagianferrari

    Hooray for Ella & Monkey at Sea!!! Congrats, Emilie!!

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  16. This looks heartwarming. I love the cover! Looking forward to reading this one!

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  17. This looks like a wonderful picture book! I lived the topic, when my parents moved me (and my brother) at age five from New Jersey to a “foreign” place called Tucson in the Arizona desert.

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  18. What a sweet story to help children adjust to change. Can’t wait to read!

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  19. I would love to read this book with my kiddo. Such a cute story about Ella and her best friend.

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  20. My 15 year old niece still has her baby blanket lol. This book looks beautiful. Moving can be so scary. I love all the sock puppet ideas too!

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