Extraordinary Ordinary Ella – Giveaway and Perfect Picture Book Friday.

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Title: Extraordinary Ordinary Ella

Author: Amber Hendricks

Illustrator: Luciana Navarro Powell

 Publisher: Amicus Ink, 2020

Ages: 5-8

Themes: individuality, unique gifts, ordinary, extraordinary, helping others, talent show,


Meet Ella.

Ella thinks she’s ordinary.

But when she helps with

the school talent show,

she discovers something

extraordinary about herself.


Ella is extraordinary. Extraordinarily ordinary, that is. Not graceful like Carmen or musical like Kenji, Ella is determined to prove herself at the school talent show. But when every attempt to find a talent falls flat and her own ordinary acts of kindness steal the show, Ella discovers just how extraordinary ordinary can be!

Why I like this book:

Extraordinary Ordinary Ella is a cute story about a little girl’s self discovery. Ella needs a talent for the talent show but she certainly doesn’t feel she has any talents at all. And in fact, her attempts at various skills are notable for their humorous failures. This story expresses the self doubt that so many children/adults feel, but Hendrick’s snappy text with its creative alliteration and internal rhyme coupled with Powell’s warm art work bring this little girl’s story to a heartwarming solution for generous Ella.

This is a fun read aloud for early years and a story that all kids will relate that no matter what our individual talents are, we are all capable of being good to one another. It’s a fun cast of diverse nationality and ability too and makes a beautiful read aloud for any story time.


Don’t miss out on the interview I did on Tuesday with the illustrator, Luciana Navarro Powell.

And now for the two book giveaway, Extraordinary Ordinary Ella by by Amber Hendricks,  Luciana Navarro Powell and A Tiny Brown Monkey on the Big Blue Earth by Tory Christie,  Luciana Navarro Powell. Please leave a comment below to be included in the draw. (North American addresses only.)

Each week a group of bloggers reviews picture books we feel would make great educational reads. To help teachers, caregivers and parents, we have included resources and/or activities with each of our reviews. A complete list of the thousands of books we have reviewed can be found sorted alphabetically and by topics, here on Susanna Leonard Hill’s website.

And the winner of the random draw was AMY HARRISON

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9 Responses to Extraordinary Ordinary Ella – Giveaway and Perfect Picture Book Friday.

  1. What a sweet story! I love that Ella discovers something special about herself. This sounds like it fits the saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” As soon as I can venture out to the library, I’ll make it a point to find this book. Thank you for sharing it today.

  2. Janet Clare F. says:

    Oh, these look wonderful. I know someone who who will love both. I read the interview and Luciana has a new fan. Ella steals my heart as does the revelation in the book. What, indeed, is a talent. I’d say a loving heart is one, but rarely “recognized” for a talent show…..thanks for a SUPERIORLY informative interview. My 2 cents…..create a book…..these are gems, Jo. Stay safe.

  3. Andrea Mack says:

    Wow! And how perfect right now — a great time to celebrate your own uniqueness and special talents. Thanks for sharing both of these!

  4. Such a fun story for kids. I remember those early talent shows in elementary school or in a neighbor’s backyard — walk down memory lane. I was a little like Ella. Something fun for kids to do right now — make up perfomances for the family.

  5. Amy Harrison says:

    These look wonderful! I’ve been following Luciana’s work because I absolutely love her illustrations, so I’m always curious to see what authors she teams up with. I’ve got three kids that constantly crave new books to read and they have a cousin named Ella! We would love to win the giveaway!

  6. Cindy Vattathil says:

    These books would be such a fun addition to my children’s library! We would love to be entered. Thank you so much!!

  7. I’m glad your spreading the news of Amber Hendricks and Extraordinary Ordinary Ella. It is a very special and important book.

  8. A sweet story of self discovery in the best possible way. Thanks for sharing Joanna. Stay safe dear friend.

  9. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    Not sure if my first comment made it through. I just saw that I copied the wrong URL into the website section of the response. You may find it in your spam instead. Sorry about that. What I believe I’d said: Nice review! And I’m looking forward to reading this as it’s on my TBR list. Stay well!

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