Alexander loves his grandma and all of the wonderful things she makes for him. But when Nanny surprises Alexander with a present that's not so wonderful, he has to figure out how to make it to the end of picture day wearing his itchy, sweaty, scratchy, woolly sweater.
A sweet-flavoured dilemma of a boy's unexpected gift from his beloved Nanny...-- Joan Sullivan - The Telegram --
I was so excited to get my hands on this new picture book from Emily Hepditch - I love her novels, and I was excited to see her children's story (which is both illustrated and written by Emily). It is such a sweet story, with beautiful illustrations; a great addition to any child's bookshelf.-- Erin Wolf - Sleep Less Read More --
Author of two best selling novels The Woman In The Attic and Alone On The Trail, Sweater is Emily Hepditch's first children's illustrated book. This fictional story intended mostly for children aged 3-7 is simply written with an engaging storyline. Emergent readers (and their parents!) will easily identify with and relate to the character Alexander and will understand the conundrum in which he finds himself. Afterall, who hasn't been the recipient of a well-intentioned homemade gift that doesn't seem to fit just right? Hepditch does an excellent job at having the illustrations and text work together to tell the story. The pictures are well placed and allow young readers to contextualize the story by giving visual cues to the words on the page. The illustrations are colorful and simple and the pages are presented in a clean and clutter free manner, clearly depicting the emotions of the character and the well paced story. As a new illustrator of children's picture books, I was impressed with Hepditch's work and felt the style was well suited to the story. I particularly liked the intricate sensory details of the gable knit sweater and the "warm woolly mittens" and blanket. Sweater is a timeless story to be enjoyed by both children and their caregivers. It is a reminder that those "soft" presents we often receive (and sometimes dread) are extensions of the special people in our lives who give them. Hats off to Emily Hepditch and her first foray into the world of Children's Literature...a talented young writer AND illustrator!-- Stephanie Collins - Fireside Collections --
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