Kalinka and Grakkle

by Julie Paschkis
Illustrated by Julie Paschkis
Can a perky little bird with an eye for neatness and a very messy monster find a way to be friends?
Price: $17.95
  • ISBN: 9781682630303
  • Publication date: 04/01/2018
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 9" x 12"
  • Age Range: 4-8


Can a perky little bird with an eye for neatness and a very messy monster find a way to be friends?

Kalinka’s a showy little bird with an eye for neatness, but her grumpy neighbor Grakkle doesn’t care one bit about cleaning. He just wants to relax in his favorite chair and soak his feet in a cool bucket of pickle juice. “Grakk!” he complains as Kalinka “tidies up” his messes. “You’re welcome,” she responds. They simply aren’t on the same wavelength. Can an unfortunate accident plus a little humor and empathy help an odd couple like this see eye to eye?


Julie Paschkis

Author and Illustrator

Julie Paschkis attended Cornell University and the School for American Craftsmen at RIT, where she earned a BFA. She taught art to grade school children for several years while working on her own art and illustration. Julie now works full-time painting, creating commercial illustrations, and illustrating children’s books. Some of her books include Albert the Fix-It Man; Where Is Catkin?; Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella; and Yellow Elephant: A Bright Bestiary. She lives in Washington.


“The momentarily dire consequences and subsequent détente are familiar, but Paschkis’s innate effervescence more than compensates. She fills the oversize pages with curly ink lines and folk art motifs and colors; it’s cozy and cheery, yet it still delivers on the big dramatic moment. While the narration tends toward the see-and-say, Paschkis writes with concision and an ear for words that make for great readalouds.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Kalinka’s blithe cluelessness and Grakkle’s grunting ire should tickle young listeners. Paschkis’ colorful and quirky illustrations, rendered in ink and gouache, heighten the supreme silliness of her tale…. Another cute odd-friendship story.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Humorous monster details will pull in readers for this lighthearted tale of an unusual friendship.” ―Booklist

“[A] fictitious tale that reads more like a modern-day fable….an important lesson about the value of self-control… A strong emphasis on friendship provides a solid theme for this book.” ―School Library Journal

“Charming… This is an appealing picture book that children will love based on the characters and the engaging illustrations. The book is also great for teaching lessons, for instance that not everyone is the same nor wants the same things.…teachers will love to use it for various lessons throughout the year with all age ranges!” ―School Library Connection


Parents’ Choice Recommended Award —Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2018


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More Details

F&P: M, Gr 2, Genre F
Lexile: AD570L
Themes: Getting Along with Others, Self-Control, Unlikely Friendship
BISAC 1: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
BISAC 3: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship

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