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The Wrench

by Elise Gravel, translated by Charles Simard

tagged: recycling & green living, humorous stories, peer pressure
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ISBN:9781459824515
publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Description

Bob’s tricycle is broken and he needs a wrench to fix it.

He ventures out to buy one at the Megamart, where slick salesman, Mr. Mart, convinces Bob that it’s not a wrench he needs, but a fridge hat…singing pajamas…a screaming machine! Bob spends all his money on things that he really doesn’t need and before he knows it has no money and no wrench.

Lively illustrations and quirky hand-lettering make The Wrench a delight to read while also conveying an important message about consumerism and excess.

About the Authors

Elise Gravel loves all animals, especially her two cats, who are not as clever as Arlo but pretty funny all the same. She is the creator of the Olga series inspired by her science-loving daughter, as well as many other books for children, including I Want a Monster!The Cranky BallerinaThe Mushroom Fan Club, If Found . . . Please Return to Elise Gravel. and Puppy In My Head: A Book about Mindfulness. Elise lives in Montreal with her husband, two daughters, and those splendid cats. Find her at elisegravel.com. 

  

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Charles Simard is a Québécois editor and translator from Tiohtià꞉ke / Montréal. He works as poetry, fiction, and nonfiction editor for Talonbooks in Vancouver on Coast Salish Territory. His published work includes the essay Littérature, analyse et forme: Herbert, Tolkien, Borges, Eco (EUE, 2010) and a number of translations for Orca Book Publishers, including Elise Gravel’s The Wrench and Myriam Daguzan Bernier’s dictionary of sexuality, Naked!. As a lexicographer, he has collaborated on the making of the popular linguistic suite Antidote in its bilingual editions. He holds a PhD in literature from Université de Montréal and was a postdoctoral fellow at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center.

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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
3 to 5
Grade:
p to k
Awards
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Commended, BC Books for BC Schools
Editorial Reviews

“[Will] bring lots of laughs to readers.”

— Must Read Literature

“Although Bob gets bonked on the noggin, Gravel does not do so to her young readers. The gentle anticonsumerism message is embedded in an entertaining story…An excellent primer on the value of time and money before the allowance years hit.”

— Quill & Quire

“Parents and teachers hoping to teach their children to be less acquisitive now have another tool in their belt (a new one, yes, but a good one). Recommended.”

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Lighthearted…Hip [and] colorful.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Gravel uses humor and a fun story to bring up an important lesson for parents and their kids.”

— Sal's Fiction Addiction

“Colorful and comical.”

— Kirkus Reviews

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