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.
About the Author
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 Pankratova went on to graduate with degrees in English literature and illustration, getting her first job in advertising and launching her own diversity and inclusion business. Maybe that's why belonging is such a key theme in her picture books, which she illustrates with a painterly and dynamic style.
"This narrative is a remarkable contribution to literature for young children. It’s unique and reflective of the lives of youth who grow up not having a place to call home. It sends a beautiful message of hope to those who may yearn for it the most."
-Seattle Book Review
"Other children in foster care or those who've been adopted may be able to relate to the little squirrel's search for a place to call home. The beautifully illustrated book could easily become a favorite bedtime story for kids who can see their own journey reflected in Josh's tale."
-Kim Phagan-Hansel, Fostering Families Today