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Illustrated by Dean Griffiths
Early Chapter Book for Ages 5-8
List Price: $12.95 CAD / $10.95 USD
HC with laminated case & reinforced trade binding
Trim Size: 13.97 x 20.96 cm / 5.5 x 8.25 in
Canadian Publication Date: October 3, 2016
U.S. Publication Date: September, 2017
Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services
Can Timo be a good friend when it also means overcoming his shyness?
Big parties make Timo’s fur stand on end. But hosting one might be the key to helping his friend Hedgewick’s culinary dreams come true; a famous food critic is coming to town, and an apple festival in Timo’s orchard would be just the thing to showcase Hedgewick’s cooking. So the introverted rabbit begins to prepare the party, one invitation, decoration and arrangement at a time. But when the big day arrives, will the support from his friends and his belief in Hedgewick’s cooking be enough to impress Madame LaPointe?
With innovative text inserts reflecting invitations and news articles, and Dean Griffiths‘ expressive full-colour illustrations, Timo’s Party offers a friendly world and relatable problems for young readers to navigate. In this sequel to Victoria Allenby‘s Timo’s Garden, an encouraging cast of friends helps Timo work past his anxieties to make Hedgewick’s cooking and the Apple Festival a scrumptious success! Also included is a recipe for a delicious apple cake that will inspire children to give hosting a try for themselves.
“The warm, detailed illustrations evoke a comfortable small-town charm, sure to entice readers to visit Toadstool Corners again and again. The book also does a nice job of highlighting everyday texts within the narrative, including lists, invitations, and newspaper articles, which could prompt discussion about the importance of reading and writing in daily life…. Depicting acts of courage, selflessness, and kindness, Timo’s Party is wholly designed to support its readers’ character development….[T]his latest iteration of Timo and friends offers another gentle and useful tale about the power of friendship.”—Resource Links
“Timo’s Party is an exceptional early reader for imparting an engaging life lesson. But author Victoria Allenby never preaches or instructs…Instead, she swathes that message in Timo’s daily experiences, taking advantage of a true story-telling opportunity. …Dean Griffiths’s artwork helps take the reader into the friendly world of Toadstool Corners. From the plaid jacketed Timo with his subtle smile and relaxed ears, to the rose-toqued badger Rae and the bustling Hedgewick, Dean Griffiths gives life to the animals in Timo’s Party, taking them from characters to neighbours. And, let me say, we are all pleased to have been invited to this party, and look forward to more good times in Timo’s neighbourhood.”—CanLit for Little Canadians
“What a fun little book about a friend who looks out for his friends. Lovely illustrations, and we hope to make the included recipe – Hedgewick’s Happy Apple-Banana Cake.”—Book Time