Michael lives in the Sacramento area with his wife and 3 kids ages 5,3 and 1. Michael started writing his first children's e-book in Late May of 2012 and in July "The Rainbow Stick Boy" was published on Amazon. His inspiration came from reading children's books to his three children. When not writing his blog -- therainbowstickboy.blogspot.com he enjoys family time, bowling, and reviewing other kid's e-books.
on Feb. 16, 2013 :
As a grandma of 7 (which ages run from 21 to almost 2) I´m always in the need of new stories to tell, even if they are from another writer because my own are exhausted already.
Yesterday eve I read it to my grandkids of 6 and 8.They loved it, they loved the pictures, they were looking at them in detail and making comments.
At the end of the reading ,I asked them for their thoughts about the story and they told me that is important to not judge others because of their appearence, that the important thing was how each one was inside and not outside and that everyone has the same right to be happy and be loved by.
So, as a writer I think that is a real good, funny and tender story; well writen and with characters that can be related to this special public which are the kids.Also, as a teacher I can say that the message and the teaching of principles is clear to the kids.
And finally, as a grandma:IT´S WONDERFULL, FUNNY, TENDER AND NICE!!!!
Deserves to be read by onself(we should never stop in the learning of good principles)and to others and by others so...guys TELL YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO BUY IT
(By the way, I got it as a gift and I really enjoyed it)
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
on Jan. 17, 2013 :
I read this as soon as I received it (as a free gift from the author). It is a good lesson to impart to young children--it's okay to be different. There is also the lesson that you should not judge others just because they may be different than everyone else around them. A good story to read aloud to young children.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Dec. 25, 2012 :
Full disclosure: the author sent me a link for a free download of the book which resulted from my entering (but not winning) a FirstReads copy on Goodreads.com. This was done in exchange for my promise to review the book.
That being said, it was a book that was worth paying for! I read it to my 5-year old, and the illustrations, although very basic, tell the story very well and teach the lesson that diversity enhances each of our lives. I asked her, at the end, if she "loved it" or if she "really liked it", and she said the latter (resulting in the 4 stars).
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
on Dec. 09, 2012 :
Disclosure: I was given my copy of this book by the author as a review copy.
This is a really wonderful children's book about the real beauty within each of us, and the diversity that exists in the world.
This is the story of how different people are viewed by others. It expresses in terms children can understand what it means to look different. The pictures in this book are very simple and are quite delightful for the children to look at.
The author does a really good job explaining in simple terms what it means to look different, even when you do not want to. Sometimes, looking different from the rest of your peers is not something to strive for, but can not be stopped. In explaining this to young children, finding the words they understand can be difficult. I am not sure I would be brave enough to tackle such a monumental task, without the help of such stories.
I can easily recommend this book to parents and grandparents of young children. Of course, I would also recommend this to the children themselves, that are old enough to read. I think it does a super job of explaining why sometimes people look different on the outside, but are just like everyone else, if you can get past the outward appearance.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on Dec. 06, 2012 :
The sweetest of story's with a strong message
I enjoyed this very much
I would be happy to read this to my grandchildren
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Dec. 05, 2012 :
The author provided me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and no further compensation was received.
This is an adorable story that features a town set in its ways. When a child is born that fits outside of their mold, that boy is faced with ridicule and bullying from his peers. We follow the child as he grows, and copes with being born different.
The book features artwork that is both cute and whimsical. Everything is drawn in stick figures, and it fits since the main character is a stick figure. It was pleasing to the eye, goes with the flow of the story, but did not distract.
I recommend this story for children of all ages. There is a lesson to be learned within the pages as it teaches us of acceptance and diversity among our peers. It also teaches us to be strong in the face of bullying.
(reviewed the day of purchase)