It's Just So

It's Just So

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Overview

It's Lizzy's first day in a brand new school! At first things feel “just so” scary and “just so” hard, but in the end, they’re “just so”.... not what she thought they would be! From waking up early and boarding the bus for the very first time to meeting new friends and painting outside the lines, it’s a day of discovery and perspective for a little girl named Lizzy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997085105
Publisher: Notable Kids Publishing
Publication date: 12/15/2015
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 1,298,171
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Brenda Faatz has an undeniable connection with children. Some say it’s because they instinctively know “one of their own.” A graduate of The University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Musical Theatre, Brenda is a professional singer, dancer and actor. Along with her husband, Peter Trimarco, she wrote the music, lyrics and script for the original Wee Noteables musical theatre live performance series for children. Brenda also founded and currently directs and teaches at the Notable Kids Arts Center in Denver, Colorado where she has the honor of interacting with and learning from children and their families on a daily basis. This is her first children’s book because, as she likes to say... “no one ever told me I couldn’t.”

Peter Trimarco was a fine arts student who graduated from Lake Forest College with a degree in literature and went on to pursue a career as an editorial cartoonist…but drawing ‘grownups’ stopped being fun. Before being inspired by the opportunity to co-write and illustrate a children’s book with Brenda, he journeyed through life as an entertainment industry professional. From art director to executive producer to publisher of an international film magazine he found a good deal of success (awards and working with people who had entourages). But then came working with children and it became fun again. The words began to flow and with it, the paint, the ink and, most important, the orange hair on Lizzy’s head. 

…and three simple words from Brenda put it all in motion” “It’s Just So…”

Peter Trimarco was a fine arts student who graduated from Lake Forest College with a degree in literature and went on to pursue a career as an editorial cartoonist…but drawing ‘grownups’ stopped being fun. Before being inspired by the opportunity to co-write and illustrate a children’s book with Brenda, he journeyed through life as an entertainment industry professional. From art director to executive producer to publisher of an international film magazine he found a good deal of success (awards and working with people who had entourages). But then came working with children and it became fun again. The words began to flow and with it, the paint, the ink and, most important, the orange hair on Lizzy’s head. 

…and three simple words from Brenda put it all in motion” “It’s Just So…”

Interviews

FOREWORD REVIEWS:

Your book, It's Just So ..., will soon come with an augmented reality app! That technology seems to have taken off in children's books. Why do you think that is?

FAATZ:

Well I know in the case of our books within the Playing Forward platform, children experience the ultimate “pop-up” book with full-on animation, music, sound effects and narration. The technology and activity challenges presented in the platform allows for quality screen time, plus valuable off-screen projects. What I love is that the experience is certainly not passive and it respects the integrity of the printed page while opening up endless possibilities for exploration. The interactive play and other activities, from learning a new song to reading the book at various grade levels, to enjoying narrated versions (including Spanish) and even to coloring pages or playing with an “AR” character from the book, hopefully provide an experience that “Is Just Sooooo….” (well you know the rest of that story).

FOREWORD REVIEWS:

Your series, including “It's Just So ... Little!” deals with times of childhood transitions. How can books help?

TRIMARCO:

Art matters. Music, storytelling, humor and creative play are all things that help with transitions, taking on new challenges and being brave. Books provide a different lens to look through; a different perspective. If turning the pages of a book opens enough doors, imagination carries the day. There is nothing like connecting with a book and burying yourself in the language and the illustrations, as this can help a child (or an adult for that matter) find inspiration. By engaging a child in storytelling, art and music they find themselves and find their inner voice…and certainly this can be a wonderful tool for dealing with any changes that life throws their way. With our “It’s Just So…” titles and through the Playing Forward platform, we hope to further open doors to important (SEL) social emotional learning, which are presented in some comically outlandish moments.

FOREWORD REVIEWS:

What's the secret to making a book engaging for both kids and adults?

TRIMARCO:

That is always the big challenge. It seems that if a book hits that right note and the child loves it and continually says “Read it Again…Read it Again!” you have accomplished at least 80% of the equation. But the other half of the equation (follow my math here) is making sure the parents enthusiastically respond to the challenge put forth by their little ones….and “Read it Again!” Ideally, a book should provide an opportunity for further discussion and playful interaction between parents and children. That said, we have heard well-established authors address this and while recognizing that the ultimate book buyer is the parent or grandparent, ‘never underestimate the child as they know what is good literature.’ Which is why many decades later I still read Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein. Other clues we are learning (mostly from children) is not to preach, but rather, engage and remember to keep one’s humor.

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MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
A recipient of the Mom’s Choice Award! The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friend media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
It's Just So is a delightfully cute and entertaining book that takes Lizzy from waking up on the morning of her first day at school through the day until bedtime that evening. She has a full day and experiences many emotions. I love the way she begins by choosing her own clothes. The illustrations show her joy filled and spontaneous. Then at school she begins to go through the day in different classes until lunch time when she finds herself all alone! But not for long..... The book is filled with excitement, joy, exuberance. Spontaneity, imaginative words, and futuristic imagery into what Lizzy's future in school might hold (because we all know she can't experience all this on a first day or in a first year). It is fun! While a first-day-of-school student in the age bracket of 4 to 8 won't study science or the atoms or be able to pronounce (or even read) the big words, the imaginary words, in It's Just So, their minds will soar as Mom or Dad, teacher or librarian reads this delight aloud to them. I think this is a fun book and can easily recommend it for home, schools, and libraries. I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite It’s Just So… by Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco is a rhyming picture book story about little Lizzy’s first day at school. Woken by the bluebirds, Lizzy decides what to wear and bravely sets off on the school bus for her very first day. What will it be like? Will she make friends? Everything seems so…scary, tall, big! But then she discovers all the good and magical and wondrous things about learning, and fun lessons, and making new friends. By the end of the day Lizzy is overwhelmed with all the lovely new experiences and can’t wait to tell her animal friends and Mom and Dad all about it. I loved this colorful and entertaining rhyming story. The rhymes are fun and great for reading out loud. I especially loved the repetition of everything being “so…” big, scary etc and the wonderfully unique “mathemagical,” “fizz-astro-fantastical,” ”crunch-muncha-licious”! Young children will enjoy hearing and saying these gorgeous new creative words that really bring the story and Lizzy’s thoughts and experiences alive. The colourful, quirky illustrations on every page complement the story perfectly and convey all the fun that Lizzy and the other characters in the story are having. My favorite is the one of Lizzy recounting the day’s adventures to her friends back home. Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco’s It’s Just So… is a special book indeed: fun and entertaining and with an important, encouraging, and reassuring message. Parents can use the story to introduce young children to the idea that, just like Lizzy, they will discover that the first days at school can be good and not so scary after all. In addition, the themes of overcoming fears or worries and being willing to try new things and form friendships are good and nurturing for all children. Capturing young children’s feelings perfectly, this book is an engaging story; perfect for story times, and a very worthy addition to any child’s home or school library. Recommended.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite It's Just So... is a children's story book written by Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco and illustrated by Peter Trimarco. Lizzy was not in a hurry to wake up on the first day of school. She had no idea what would happen, and it all seemed kind of scary. Lizzy tried to stay asleep for a little bit longer, but her tummy started to rumble, and her alarm clock made lots of noise. So she got up, selected a special Lizzy-outfit, and went downstairs for breakfast. When the bus roared up to her house, and the door opened for her, she was startled by how tall it was, and the school they finally drove up to was so very big. Once she got inside, however, Lizzy discovered a whole new world. They read books, which Lizzy got all excited and dramatic about, and learned about numbers and science. Before she knew it, Lizzy was on her way home again after experiencing what was probably the most exciting and fun day of her life. Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco's children's story book, It's Just So..., follows Lizzy on her first day in a new school which she soon discovers that she really likes a lot. This is a cheerful and entertaining story that helps kids realize that their feelings of fear and anticipation about new and strange experiences are perfectly natural. Kindergarten, first grade, and new schools are major milestones for young children and are also often the first times they are off on their own and away from parents. It's Just So... gives kids an excellent idea of what school will be like. I loved the upbeat and clever verse the authors use in this story, and Trimarco's illustrations are brilliant. Each panel tells a story and expands on the main plot of the book, and the highly detailed drawings are a lot of fun to spend some time getting lost in. It's Just So... is a grand selection for story time as well as a challenging primer for young readers who can use the illustrations to help them past those unfamiliar words. It's highly recommended.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite In It’s Just So..., a children’s book by Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco, there is quite a whole lot going on. Children’s books are almost defined by the near necessity to coordinate a pleasing complement of both words and pictures, but rarely do the creators see fit to multi-layer such a project in anticipation of the reader “growing older.” In other words, to make their work speak differently to children of different ages. Such a challenge would seem a wee bit risky, but success is often its own reward. Lizzy is a somewhat addle-pated little redhead girl with her own version of the ubiquitous children’s book dog companion (you know, the sidekick who quietly steals the show), who is set to embark on the NEXT BIG ADVENTURE – her very first day at a brand new school. Since Lizzy is as impressionable as any young girl can be, everything (I mean EVERYTHING) strikes her as just so ... It’s Just So... by Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco is successful on every level. Lizzy is immediately engaging, as she is just so ... IMPRESSED by everything – a trait shared by many girls her age (and older). You can hear her speaking in your head: “It’s just so ...” And you smile. And though the dog is rather unimpressed, the reader watches Lizzy move quickly from intimidation to acceptance to confidence to utter fearlessness and leadership as she develops a vocabulary beyond her years, and beyond the confines of any stodgy old dictionary. But perhaps the most successful aspect of this endearing book lies in its message: a change in attitude can make any new experience fun. Lizzy is a wonderful role model for children to emulate as she allows her trepidations to slide under the waves of a new perspective. By opening herself to the FANTASTICAL, not to mention the SCIENCE-SATIONAL, any new experience can become, quite simply, magical, like this wonderfully illustrated, wonderfully worded, wonderfully messaged book, which is just so ...