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Children's Fiction Imagination & Play


by (author) Adam Schafer

illustrated by Noel Tuazon

Red Deer Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2022
Imagination & Play
Recommended Age
5 to 9
Recommended Grade
k to 4
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
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A young child, frustrated by all the things he can't do, finds satisfaction in smashing stuff. When he realizes he can build things by putting together the broken pieces, it's a creative breakthrough!

This is a story for all ages about identity and finding one's gifts.

About the authors

Adam Schafer grew up immersed in books, art, movies and comics. He studied film at Humber College and he currently works in visual effects production, having helped make such films as The Shape of Water and Nightmare Alley. He strives to make his picture books a cinematic experience.

Adam Schafer's profile page

Noel Tuazon was born in Manila, Philippines, but has been living in Toronto, Ontario, since the 1970s. Noel studied Fine Arts and Art History at the University of Toronto and Animation at Max the Mutt. Since 2006, Noel has also worked on storyboard revisions at Nelvana Animation for TV shows such as Grossology, Babar And The New Adventures of Badou, and Ranger Rob. Noel has illustrated comics, graphic novels, and picture books, including Wild One and A Good Day for Ducks, both authored by Jane Whittingham.


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Editorial Reviews

"A fun picture book for children ages 5-8, Smash is an ideal story for all ages about identity and finding one's gifts. While also available for personal reading lists in a digital book format, Smash is truly exceptional and unreservedly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for young readers."
Midwest Book Review

"If you have a little one at home who loves to smash, then Adam Schafer's story will be all too familiar. But, Adam Schafer, with the illustrative assistance of Noel Tuazon, demonstrates that the frustration of powerless can be set aside when the energy is put to building whether it be structures, self-actualization or friendships."
CanLit for LittleCanadians

"Smash is a most interesting book, that in many ways shows what children ultimately can do, when they put their mind to creating positive activities… Children often get frustrated if they cannot do simple tasks, but by stopping and looking at things from a more positive viewpoint the results can be impressive. This book shows the positives of building rather than tearing down.
Shelf Life Magazine

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