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Written by Kathy Ellen Davis & illustrated by Kaylani Juanita
Published by Chronicle Books
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What makes a good story? One little girl thinks it’s a princess with magical powers that can—ta-da!—overcome any obstacle. Her friend thinks it’s—dun dun duh!—a combination of dragons, pirates, and fire that cause total chaos. But as their stories intertwine, these two young storytellers soon learn that a good story needs both conflict—dun dun duh!—and resolution—ta-da! An irresistible celebration of imaginary play, storytelling, and the joys of collaboration, this gorgeous picture book features two strong voices throughout, making it the perfect read-aloud.

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5.0 / 7.0

I appreciated the strong female lead who does thing that are typically represented by boys. The illustrations are also very unique and whimsical, with lots of items to hunt and seek for on each page.

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Book Topics › imagination and play
Children's Books About Imagination And Play
Book Topics › princesses
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Book Topics › teamwork
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Who Wrote Ta-Da!

Kathy Ellen Davis

Kathy Ellen Davis is a writer, bookseller, and educator who grew up making stories with her toys. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is her first book

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Who Illustrated Ta-Da!

Kaylani Juanita

Kaylani is an illustrator based in Fairfield, CA who illustrates inclusive picture books, editorial art, and afros. Some of her clients include Chronicle Books, Lee & Low Books, Cicada Magazine, and DEFY. Her work has been recognized by Society of Illustrators, The Huffington Post, as well as ELLE Magazine. California grown and raised, she’s studied at Cal Arts and CCA for a BFA in Illustration. Her mission as an artist is to support the stories of the under represented and create new ways for people to imagine themselves. You can find her lurking in public secretly drawing strangers or writing nonsensical stories about who knows what.

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What Has Kaylani Juanita Said About Ta-Da!

Nothing yet! 🤷 You should let Kaylani know that you want more details about Ta-Da!!

What Has Kathy Ellen Davis Said About Ta-Da!

Nothing yet! 🤷 You should let Kathy know that you want more details about Ta-Da!! Try tweeting Kathy on twitter (@kathyellendavis) or messaging Kathy on instagram (@kathyellendavis).

Kaylani Juanita's Book Dedication

To all the latchkey kids, and their guardians who work hard for a key to latch onto.

Kathy Ellen Davis's Book Dedication

To Mom, an awesome teacher who taught me to read and write and NEVER told me I was too old for picture books, and to Dad, one awesome magician in the wood shop! Thanks for passing your creativity on to me. Love you.

Trivia to Know About Ta-Da!

  • Are there any details of Ta-Da! that you particularly love that readers should watch for?

    all the little background details, like plants and decorations.

    By Kaylani Juanita (illustrator)

  • What do you hope children enjoy about your characters?

    I hope readers enjoy their expressions.

    By Kaylani Juanita (illustrator)

  • When was your favorite time reading Ta-Da! aloud? Why?

    My favorite time reading this book aloud was to my mom, this was the first picture book I’ve worked on!

    By Kaylani Juanita (illustrator)

  • What guides or references did you use while creating the illustrations for Ta-Da!?

    I wanted their imaginary world to feel magical and their reality to feel cozy.

    By Kaylani Juanita (illustrator)

  • What part of creating Ta-Da! did you most enjoy?

    I loved designing the characters.

    By Kaylani Juanita (illustrator)

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Book Details

Publication Date:
June 26, 2018
Text Details:
Typeset in Myster and Aniara
Illustration Details:
The illustrations in this book were rendered in mixed media
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