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Author: Larry Peterson
Publisher: Tribute Books 2011
Children’s fiction, 24 pages
Source: Free from Tribute Books for an honest reveiw
Willie Wiggles hates his slippery feet. He just slips, slides and spins all over the place. But what he hates even more are the special shoes that have been made for him that will help him to walk just like all the other kids. Willie thinks that they are the “stupidest, ugliest shoes in the whole world.”
Discover how sometimes we worry about things about ourselves when actually there is nothing to worry about in the first place.
My Two Cents:
When I was offered this book to read I had to say yes. Before I even started it I felt a bond with Willie. My daughter had to wear ‘Special Shoes’ because her feet turned in. She only wore them at bedtime but that did not stop her from not wanting to wear them or worrying about it. I tried to make her feel special for having to wear the shoes so I knew what Willie was feeling. Worse for him because he had to wear them to school.
I will be honest, when I read the first few pages I was angry. Children laughing, teachers laughing, what was the message in this book? BUT, I was very wrong, Willie was having a dream and in his dream it was his worst case come alive which was very different then what really happened when he first wore his special shoes to school.
I found this a delightful story. I love books about the differences in people. Whether it be skin color, religion or even physical challenges we are all the same underneath. We must start teaching our children to not see the differences but to accept everyone for who they are, stupid ugly shoes or not.
The pictures were cute. I think they would appeal to a child. They look like pictures that a child would have drawn and that makes them more special in my opinion.
Definitely a book for all children to read or have read to them
Larry Peterson Bio:
Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a freelancer, he has written many newspaper columns for local publications. Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes is his first children’s book. Peterson has lived in Pinellas Park, Florida for the past 28 years.
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Title: The Big Show Stopper
Author: Ken Dalton
Publisher: Different Drummer Press (Sept. 2010)
Fiction, 296 pages
Source: Tribute Books for review
Summary from Goodreads:
The Big Show Stopper opens in a packed concert arena with everyone waiting for the entrance of Brady Blackstone, the richest, and premier concert performer in America. But before Brady sets his foot on the stage, a tragic accident takes his life in front of Bear and a devastated Flo. However, it does not take Bear and Flo very long to question if the death was it an accident or murder?
Once again, in the pursuit of a pile of money and a little justice, Pinky travels to an exotic site while Bear and Flo end up in one of the least desirable locations in California.
The Big Show Stopper brings back Pinky, Bear, Flo, along with a gaggle of quirky characters. A beer swilling wacko. A naked old fart. A couple of downright dangerous folks. And concludes on a dark night with the dynamic trio spread eagle counting down the final seconds of their lives.
My Two Cents:
This is the first book that I’ve read by Mr. Dalton and it was very enjoyable. For me it stated off a little slow but once it took off it never slowed down.
The characters are funny. Very funny. It’s hard to review this book without giving it away so do yourself a favor and read it. There are surprises and fun at every turn of the page.
Even though I did not read the first book: The Bloody Birthright, I was still able to follow the story and enjoy the characters. I will go back and read the first book just to get to know them better and be ready for the next book.
I think my favorite part of the book was the very end when Mr. Dalton taught us: “how to get an exceptional book cover for less than a thousand bucks!” (Complete with pictures)
If you like something light and fun with a real mystery and characters who are good for laughs, pick up this book and give it a try.
Ken Dalton’s Bio:
Ken Dalton was born in 1938. In a turn of bad luck, the dreaded Polio virus found Ken. At the end of World War II, Ken’s family moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming for a year where he learned how to live through snow blizzards, avoid walking through the large pile of coal in the basement, and how to survive life as an Army Officer’s brat on a base called Fort Warren.
By the age of sixteen, after eleven years of operations, therapy, and braces, Ken’s luck changed dramatically when he met the girl of his dreams at a party. A few years later they married, produced three wonderful children, and settled into a happy life in Southern California.
In 1966, Ken, who worked as a technician for Pacific Bell, and his family left Southern California for the green hills of Sonoma County where they bought a home in Sebastopol surrounded with apple trees. A few years later, Ken and Arlene built a new home on three and a half acres. They raised cows, pigs, and learned how to build outstanding fences. While their children grew, they hosted two exchange students, Eva Reimers from Sweden, and Tanja Wuttke from Germany, both of whom are still loved members of the Dalton clan. Also during those years, Ken was promoted to management at Pacific Bell. He eventually ended up responsible for all the central offices, sixty-three, in an area that covered five counties.
In 1977, Ken, Arlene, Bob Wiltermood, and his wife Norma, designed, built, and operated a 2000 case winery named Pommeraie Vineyards. They produced award winning Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. However, after Bob died, the winery was sold. Ken and Arlene moved to a hilltop in Healdsburg.
With the winery gone, and time on their hands, Ken and Arlene started to perform with the Camp Rose Players. Twenty years and forty productions later, both are still acting and singing.
Life was good. All Ken had to do was learn some lines and bow when the audience applauded.
Then, ten years ago, in a moment of madness, Ken started to write. His first article was published in Golf Illustrated in August 1996. More golf articles followed in national and regional magazines including Golf Magazine and Fairways and Greens.
After a two-year stint on the County Grand Jury, Ken felt the need to begin his first novel.
Now, after a decade of struggle to learn the craft of writing, Ken has become the publishing world’s latest overnight sensation.
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Title: Second Chance:How Adoption Saved a Boy With Autism and His Shelter Dog
Author: Sandra J. Gerencher
Publisher: Tribute Books
Source: Tribute Books for honest review
Summary from Tribute Books:
Believer in Second Chances
Over the past 10 years, author Sandra Gerencher has been on a mission to
save dogs from high-kill animal shelters. Her first rescue was P.J.,
the black and white Pomeranian in the story. She also adopted the orange
Pomeranians Shelby and Lil Rascal, and of course, Chance, the big black
Rottweiler/German Shepherd mix.
All characters in the story are based on Sandra’s real life family. The
book is filled with softly blended watercolor photos of her loved ones.
Her most significant adoption was her son, Terry. He was considered a
special needs child because he was born with a genetic disorder known as
Fragile X Syndrome. The disorder can cause many cognitive disorders,
such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mental
retardation and depression.
My Two Cents:
Those who visit my blog frequently know that my hubby and I are HUGE animal lovers and we foster rescue cats and hopefully find them homes. When the opportunity came along to review SECOND CHANCE which is about a rescue dog, how could I say no? I jumped right on it.
The first sentences out of Chance’s mouth (yes that’s correct Chance talks) were:
“I saw her for the first time through the bars of the pen that I shared with my buddy, Ruffles. Following her was a little boy who was chewing on his coat sleeve and jumping up and down. He was excited – the way we in the pen get excited – every time someone walks past us, talks to us, feeds us or stops to scratch us behind the ear. Did he know what it was like to be a stray? He had a funny way about him, which I would find enjoyable once I moved into my new home.”
I was smitten.
I love hearing the story told by Chance. Seeing him meet his Pomeranian ‘brother and sisters’ for the first time and calling them furry rats. Watching him trying to come to terms with what adoption and autism mean and how it makes him and Ryan alike. The interaction between Chance and Ryan was very touching. Ryan looks Chance in the eyes when he doesn’t do that with anyone else, Ryan understands Chance, what he is saying. The scene where Ryan explains to Chance just what adoption means can’t do anything but touch your heart.
“Yep, adoption means forever and that Mom will never let us go to someone else’s home to live or another shelter to sleep. Plus, we get new aunts and uncles, cousins, grandparents, friends, and all kinds of other people that will be in our lives forever,”
What a perfect explanation of adoption and just how special it is.
This is a wonderful book that I would recommend to anyone with children adopted or not. It shows the special bond that happens between humans and animals. For an adopted child it teaches them how special they are to be adopted and chosen by a family.
I believe that all animals have a healing power and can break through where humans can’t. I believe they all have something to say and something to teach us if we just sit back and let them.
(I hope Chance doesn’t mind Telly giving him his opinion. Telly is a rescue too! )
Sandra J. Gerencher Bio:
Sandra J. Gerencher is a special education teacher in the Bangor Area public school system. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked at Lehigh University in a school-based program, as a Program Specialist for adults with disabilities. Over the past 20 years she has worked with children and adults with special needs in such areas as counseling, Behavior Specialist Consultation, behavioral research, crisis intervention and abuse therapy. Sandra graduated from Lehigh University with a M.Ed. in Special Education (2004) and from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia with an M.S. in Counseling Psychology (1999).
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