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The Simples Love a Picnic

The Simples Love a Picnic

THE SIMPLES LOVE A PICNIC

The Simples want to go out and have a simple little picnic, but things become horribly complicated: The dog chases after a squirrel, the cat reveals its hiding spot in Lulu’s backpack, there are too many ants and birds, and one food item send the whole park into a tizzy! What will the Simples do?

From the artist and author J. C. Phillipps comes this hilarious little picture book with a big heart to remind us that picnics are just a little about food and a lot about family.

I bet your bottom dollar that if read correctly The Simples Love a Picnic by J.C. Phillipps could be one of those books a classroom of first graders fight to the death to check out from the library. The lie is in its very name: “Simple”. As a quick perusal shows, what Phillipps is able to accomplish here is anything but simplistic. After all, writing funny books is no easy task, yet The Simples Love a Picnic blows that notion right out of the water. Highly hilarious stuff.
-Elizabeth Bird, Fuse 8

A funny family story packed with mayhem and good spirits. – Kirkus

MONKEY ONO is available at AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, POWELL’S, or at a bookseller near you. This title is also available for your Kindle.

 

MONKEY ONO

Monkey Ono is not exactly a real monkey, but he really, really wants to go to the beach! So when Beach Day arrives, and the children who own him forget the bag he’s in, Monkey Ono does not take this lying down, like most stuffed animals would. Oh no, he’s got a plan. In fact he’s got many, many plans. From riding the family dog to ricocheting through the sky to diving down the water pipes. All end with hilarious results, but not exactly according to plan. Will Monkey Ono ever get to the beach?? Only if the beach comes to him…

J.C. Phillipps’s spirited text and stunning illustrations, done in colorful cut paper collage, deliver a humorous story with a great message—try and try again!

[Monkey Ono] will have listeners in stitches. They will identify with his enthusiasm and learn a thing or two about creativity and cooperation.   -Kirkus

Phillipps’s cut-paper collages – embellished with watercolor, crayon, and stitching – convey energy, movement, and frustration in a way that few artists working in this medium can match.
- Publishers Weekly

MONKEY ONO is available at AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, POWELL’S, or at a bookseller near you.  This title is also available for your Kindle.

 

WINK: THE NINJA WHO WANTED TO NAP

Wink the Nimble Ninja is the star of the Lucky Dragon Circus! But-yawn-being a circus performer is hard work and-yawn-Wink is tired. It is time, Grandmother says, for Wink to take a nap. But every time Wink tries to lie down, his fans show up. They won’t let him sleep! Fortunately, with the help of Master Zutsu and the Summer Moon School for Young Ninjas, Wink comes up with the perfect plan to find a good place to nap-alone. Illustrated with striking collages, this is a funny, high-energy follow-up to Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Be Noticed.

Bright patterns and heavy textures give the paper-collage illustrations a 3D look.  Phillipps cranks up the visual energy by strewing her brightly lit street scenes with laughing figures, arms and legs flung out joyfully.  Not a snoozer! 
–Kirkus

Phillipps offers wit aplenty in cut-paper compositions that match Wink’s boundless energy and bravado. Even when sleepy, her hero demands to be noticed. –Publisher’s Weekly

WINK: THE NINJA WHO WANTED TO NAP  is available at AMAZON or BARNES & NOBLE.

 

WINK: THE NINJA WHO WANTED TO BE NOTICED

The happiest day of Wink’s life was when he was accepted to the Summer Moon School for Young Ninjas. He is sure that he will be a great ninja. Silence is the first lesson and everyone is very very silent … except for Wink. Stealth is the second lesson and everyone is very very stealthy … except for Wink. Finally, Wink decides that he will be silent and stealthy. But no one notices! What?s the point of being a great ninja if no one notices? Maybe Wink wasn’t meant to be a ninja?

This daring debut is an adventure-lover’s dream.

Starred Review. The collage-style illustrations often appear to have a three-dimensional effect and Wink practically bounds off the pages with barely contained energy. This flashy picture book is sure to appeal to a wide audience. – School Library Journal

Use the offbeat ninja angle as a hook to instill in children the lesson to embrace your own best qualities and not to be dogged down by those who stifle self-expression. – Booklist

WINK: THE NINJA WHO WANTED TO BE NOTICED is available at AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, or POWELL’S.