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What Will You Read Next?

No Matter What

A Foster Care Tale


Available: 08/18/20
8.88 x 11.31 · 32 pages
Ages 3-8 years
CDN $24.99 · cl

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Josh Shipp and David Tieche

illustrated by Yuliya Pankratova

Josh was a squirrel without a family. Between the pelicans, the leopards, the otters, the snakes, and many more, no one seemed to want a squirrel like him. Josh didn't want a family, either. He did everything he could to scare those families away first, but the elephants weren't like other families. The elephants were very large and very patient, and they wanted Josh to be part of their family today, tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow. When Josh takes his plans a little too far and gets into a sticky situation, will Josh finally be convinced that this family is his?
From award-winning motivational speaker and bestselling author Josh Shipp comes a mostly autobiographical tale about finding home. With hilarious illustrations and a heartwarming message, No Matter What: A Foster Care Tale is sure to have your own family in peals of laughter and holding each other tight.

Josh Shipp, a former at-risk foster kid turned youth advocate, is the author of two national bestsellers: The Grown-Up's Guide to Teenage Humans and The Teen's Guide to World Domination. Josh was listed on Inc. Magazine's 30 Under 30" list and is regularly called on by OPRAH, CNN, FOX, The New York Times, 20/20, Good Morning America, and others to provide commentary on common challenges faced by parents and teachers.

Moving from Moscow to London at five years old, Yuliya was terrified to discover she had to start school. Upon finding most Year One lessons consisted mainly of drawing, she banished her fears and hit her stride. Yuliya went on to graduate with degrees in English literature (from the University of Manchester) and illustration (from the Camberwell College of Arts) and got her first job at an advertising agency. Yuliya's illustration style is painterly, based in traditional media and often focused on the natural world.