With the introduction of her first children’s book, Cristina Gradina, The Girl with Ten Busy Toes, author Julie Griffin made a big splash with school children around Denver, as she began to give free school readings of her book. The splash became a wave as she began to give copies of the book to the children in her audience.
With her soon-to-be-release second book, Bella the Baker Street Baker, due to be released in the fall of 2013, Julie will be giving away TWO books at every school reading!
The reviews for Christina Gradina are IN!
“With Cristina Gradina, author Julie Griffin and illustrator Don Sidle have created a spunky and contemporary young heroine. With her ever-changing T-shirts and vibrant, multi-colored shorts, Cristina is a vision of fashionable and good-hearted silliness. This happy picture book will keep young readers laughing.”
“Cristina Gradina is an effervescent girl with big dark eyes and a glorious head of rambunctious red curls. She sings and laughs, is helpful at home, and excels at school. Everything is pretty peachy until one not-so-ordinary day at school: when the bell rings, Cristina Gradina’s toes set themselves free from her shoes. Before we can say, “One, two, buckle my shoe,” Cristina’s toes are out of control and creating havoc!”
They passed along papers
They handed out pencils
They organized shelves
and straightened the stencils.
They counted and drew
and they colored and painted
till they caused such a fuss
some students fainted!
“Luckily, Cristina’s teacher knows a thing or two about toes and how to order them around. Pretty soon all ten are marching in perfect lockstep back into Cristina’s shoes, exhausted by their adventure and ready for an afternoon nap.”
“This is a madcap, slapstick adventure designed to entertain youngsters. Sidle’s illustrations are vibrant and filled with a joyful stream of amusing detail kids will have fun spotting and commenting on — from Cristina’s gloriously striped socks, to her remarkable shoe collection. Although the book oddly eschews commas and periods that would have helped reading ease and Griffin sometimes stretches for a rhyme (“all ten/get time in” for instance), the book’s design is crisp and clean and Griffin’s text is filled with warm good humor and heart.” ~ BlueInk Review, August 2012
“From the first words, “Cristina Gradina was a bit of a girl … with big dark eyes and her thoughts in a whirl” the young reader (or the adult reading it) will giggle with delight. Cristina has a set of toes that are out of control and this spunky redhead is trying–oh she is trying–to control the lot.”
“It’s a wonderful book. The illustrations are vibrant and a hoot. The perfect gift. I loved this book.” ~ Author & Educator Judith Briles, September 2012
But the best reviews come from the audience; the children for whom Julie reads her books …
Children are talking about Christina Gradina too!
“My favorite page is the one with all the painted toes!” ~ Emily
“I’m glad the teacher told the toes to behave.” ~ Sam
“I love her red hair.” ~ Kristen
“I like it that Cristina is very smart.” ~ Jacob
“Cristina has fun clothes.” ~ Angela
“I think Cristina would be a really fun friend.” ~ Brandi
One of author Julie’s favorites was when Jimmy, a second grader, was given a book. He clutched it to his chest and, with a huge grin on his face, said, “This the happiest day of my life!”