Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 5
- Grade: p to k
- Reading age: 3 to 5
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 a écrit et illustré une vingtaine d'albums jeunesse. La jeune auteure use d'un humour mordant pour exprimer ses vues et éveiller le sens critique de ses jeunes lecteurs. Elise a remporté le prix du Gouverneur général en 2012 dans la catégorie illustrations pour son livre La clé à molette.
ELISE GRAVEL has won a Governor General's Award for illustration, two Applied Arts Awards and a Grafika award. She also was short-listed for Mr. Christie's Book Award. She has written and illustrated several books for children in both French and English. Elise lives in Montreal, Quebec.
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.
- Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
“Lighthearted…Hip [and] colorful.”
“[Will] bring lots of laughs to readers.”
Must Read Literature
“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
“Gravel uses humor and a fun story to bring up an important lesson for parents and their kids.”
Sal's Fiction Addiction
“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
“Colorful and comical.”
Other titles by Elise Gravel
Pink, Blue, and You!
Questions for Kids about Gender Stereotypes
Arlo et Pips : No 2 - La clique des corbeaux
Tout le monde!
Arlo & Pips #2: Join the Crow Crowd!
The Bug Club
OLLIE : Un livre sur la pleine conscience
Puppy in My Head
A Book About Mindfulness