Squirrels in Antarctica by Sari Karplus - Children's Picture Book - Guest Post



Book Details:

Book Title: Squirrels in Antarctica by Sari Karplus
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 34 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Tip Top Story Shop
Release date: Mar 2024
Content Rating: G. Suitable for everyone.

Book Description:

This fantastical book of animals in unusual places will tickle your brain, leading readers of all ages imagining their own silly combos. You'll see a skiing seal in Switzerland, a pufferfish piloting an airplane, a sloth who runs a marathon (but isn't ever done), and so much more! With fun illustrations and an educational twist, this book encourages readers to embrace their limitless imagination, explore the world, and experience animals big and small in their not-so-natural habitats. Perfect for bedtime reading or as a classroom favorite, Squirrels in Antarctica sparks boundless imagination. So, come along on this epic journey and "Let your thoughts fly limitless like snails on shooting stars." Is it a book? Is it a word game? Can it be both?!

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Guest Post
Step aside narrative fiction, there’s a new game in town
 By Sari Karplus

Squirrels in Antarctica is not your traditional narrative fiction. It’s both non-narrative and non-linear, and teaches readers an imaginative word game through the pages and examples of the book. Squirrels are, in fact, just one of the 30+ animal characters– each page introducing a new animal. Likewise, Antarctica is a metaphoric and literal icy island in the middle of a multitude of other locales in the book. What I love about sharing this story with kids– is that they learn about different animals and places but it doesn’t feel like learning. The pages are chock full of funny rhymes and illustrations that keep the reader engaged and hopefully laughing. 

I challenge you to look out for the fun little visual gags that the illustrator, Todd Wilkerson, baked into the pages. Like on the page where the gopher is golfing in Greenland, the judgemental whale from the book’s cover makes another appearance. Or on the skunk inside an elevator trying not to stink– check out the skunk’s distressed, bloodshot eyes. He’s on the brink! One of my favorites is the sloth running a marathon who has a full two-page spread and still isn’t even at mile one.

The importance of books and stories are unquestionable, but a book that sets out to inspire creativity in young minds holds a particularly valuable space in this world as well. Creativity and imagination are the basis for good problem-solving and STEAM learning. In Squirrels in Antarctica, the name of the game is coming up with animals in unexpected places. So to do this, little ones will learn to get comfortable using two known things to come up with an improbable combination. This is the exact skillset inventors must have. So while we’re laughing and having fun, aspiring writers and scientists are starting to warm up those brilliant little brains.

Meet the Author:

Sari Karplus got her storytelling start as a comedian and filmmaker in Los Angeles. But when an improvised bedtime story to her three young children inspired her first kids' book, she officially joined the ranks of the book writing world. Sari loves to create stories with fun journeys and teachable moments... with a healthy side of humor. Sari has written all 3 books of the Robotastic! series. "Sari" rhymes with "Mary." Sari loves rhyming.

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  1. I so appreciate you sharing my book and guest post on your blog. Hot diggity squirrel!


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