When the Relatives Came meets Wrestlemania in this rollicking picture book about a boy who spends his family reunion dodging his big, brawny, and boisterous wrestler relatives.
Family reunions mean lots of hugging, handshaking, and hair tousling. And Russell’s relatives? Well, they are more...enthusiastic than most. BIGGER than most. BRAWNIER than most. They’re wrestlers—from Lorry and Tory (the Twin Tornadoes) to Cousin Cora “The Cleaner” to Uncle “el monstruo” Marcoy! Skinny and scrawny Russell will have to meet, greet, and defeat this clan with some spectacular moves of his own in this vibrant celebration of what it means to be a family!
|Product dimensions:||10.10(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Cindy Chambers Johnson grew up in Hutchinson, Kansas, where she received her fair share of Kansas Crusher hugs and visits from far-flung relatives. (None of whom wrestled for a living—thank goodness.) Cindy’s interest in family ties and inherited traits led her to a career as a genetic counselor, but a love of reading and writing passed down from her mother led to her career as an author. Cindy now lives with her husband and two children in Des Moines, Iowa, and only administers the Texas Tickle Hold when absolutely necessary.
Daniel Duncan is an illustrator living in the UK who creates most of his work in an old stable turned studio. His work takes inspiration from cinema, old photos, and sports. Duncan graduated from Middlesex University with First Class Honours, and a bachelor’s degree in illustration. He was highly commended by Macmillan for the 2013 Children’s Book Competition, as well as being shortlisted for the 2014 AOI awards for the Children’s Books New Talent category.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Russell is not the biggest or the toughest member of his brawny wrestling family. When the family reunion begins, Russell discovers that he has moves of his own that take even the most formidable members of his family by surprise. A cute story about rolling with the punches and finding your own way.
This book is a winner with its super kid point of view. The combination of terrifically fun language and hilarious illustrations is totally irresistible. Perfect for every child who’s been pinched and squeezed and tousled by overly exuberant relatives! I can already hear the rising chorus of “read it again.” And really, you won’t mind.
This book is hysterical! Russell will do anything to get away from his wrestling-loving relatives. As each is introduced by way of their signature move and wrestling name, Russell tries to escape. His facial expressions are a hoot. In the end, Russell outsmarts them with his own moves, surprising and pleasing everyone. Family is at the heart of this book. The illustrations give each relative such a unique (humorously exaggerated) personality. But their love for Russell is palpable. The last few pages are the best! Wrestling lingo is sprinkled throughout, making this a fun read aloud.