by Michael Moniz (Illustrator)


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781772290172
Publisher: Simply Read Books
Publication date: 10/24/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Michael Moniz spent his childhood living between the big city and the tranquil Azores islands of Portugal. He has written and illustrated several picture books, including Wazzyjump (a 2014 Canadian Toy Testing Council Recommended Read), The Boy and the Whale , and The Cardinal and the Crow (a Spring 2015 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens selection), as well as the YA novel The Whalemaster . When Michael is not telling stories, he works as an Artistic Director for a Toronto-based advertising agency.

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From Wazzyjump by Michael Moniz:

A long time ago, in a little wooded forest not so far away, there lived a little brown rabbit named Wazzyjump.

It was rumored that Wazzyjump was a magical creature. Some animals thought he could run impossibly fast.

Others thought he could disappear at will. But no one really knew what powers he possessed...

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Canadian Materials Magazine, Review, 4/4 stars:
"Wazzyjump, written and illustrated by Michael Moniz, is a wonderfully enchanting tale. The story is of a lion and a fox who are both trying to snatch a rabbit’s supposed magic for themselves. It seems like a traditional sort of tale, though it’s kept interesting by the fact that it’s hard to figure out exactly where the story will go while you are reading it. While a story like this has the potential to be sad or disturbing in its conclusion, Wazzyjump is not so. This is a very gentle tale, and its resolution is definitely a happy one, with a simple message about the power of joy and friendship... Michael Moniz’s Wazzyjump is a delightful tale of mystery, discovery, and friendship. The story of Wazzyjump and his woodland friends is cute and charming. The illustrations are full of happy innocence, and they really highlight the talents of Moniz and his passion for painting. The wonder of Wazzyjump is present in each page of this tale, and it will be a great read for those looking for a good story told in a classically magical way."
Quill and Quire Review
"The first book by Toronto artist Michael Moniz features illustrations with considerable appeal, both for their soft, luminous colours and for the delicacy with which they convey a sense of lively movement. The sunshine that bathes the pictures, the rabbit silhouettes on every page and on the endpapers, and the leafy scrollwork decorating some of the pictures and letters all give the book an old-fashioned charm. Though the art is the main attraction here, Moniz’s story has a satisfying inevitability, and his text, for the most part, reads aloud quite well. This is a gentle and appealing book, one with a clear message about the power of having fun."
Calgary Herald Review
"In a far-off forest there lives a little rabbit named Wazzyjump, who has magical powers. No one understand just exactly what his magical powers are, but he is rumoured to be able to leap and move in ways that no normal bunny should be. All of the animals of the forest want to find Wazzyjump and discover his secret. Some, like sly fox, in order to steal the powers for themselves. Some, like bear, just to see what all the fuss is about. Wazzyjump goes about his cheerful, friendly life. It's pleasing to see how Wazzyjump uses his "magic" to win over each new friend."

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