Award-winning children's book author and storyteller Steven Gregory received his bachelor's degree in Writing from the University of California at San Diego and his master's in Literature from California State University, Dominguez Hills. He has taught secondary English, math, and public speaking. He also served as drama department chair and directed the production of several plays, including the Japanese folktale "The Crane Maiden." He is a popular storyteller in San Diego County schools, libraries, and other venues throughout Southern California. He has also published two children's folktale books as well as their Parents Choice Award-winning DVDs, "The Lion's Drum" and "Chieko and the Pine."
Great for readers of all ages, this interactive version of the African tale "Tortoise Triumphant" puts YOU in the role of the tortoise. Select the right choice and your tale will end Happily Ever After! An entertaining and interactive way to enjoy this tale from West Africa!
Great for readers of all ages, this interactive version of the classic fairy tale "The Frog Prince" puts YOU in the role of the frog prince. Select the right choice and your tale will end Happily Ever After! An entertaining and interactive way to enjoy this fairy tale that is over 200 years old!
Great for readers of all ages, this interactive version of the classic fairy tale "Puss in Boots" puts YOU in the role of the cat. Select the right choice and your tale will end Happily Ever After! An entertaining and interactive way to enjoy this fairy tale that is over 500 years old!
In the post-Harry Potter days, it's hard not to write a book that will sound similar to the plight of the boy wizard. As such, there are several parts of this book that sound very familiar to those who are familiar with Harry Potter. Aside from that, however, there is a lot to like about this book. First, it is an easy read. The plot moves along at a decent pace and there isn't a whole lot that is necessary that is skipped. Second, the characters are likeable. There is a little glossing over of some of them and some convenient stereotypes, but there aren't any that come off as incomplete. And third, even though this book is written so that at least one sequel is forthcoming (another nod toward HP), there is a sense of completeness to this book. That is, you don't feel cheated.
There were just a couple things that prevented me from giving this one 5 stars. First, I thought some things happened altogether too quickly. Not in terms of plot, but in terms of characters. When you read it, you'll see what I mean. There were about 3 or 4 real "leaps of faith" that happened without enough for me not to notice. Second and third are just a couple quibbles. Second is that the last dozen pages of the book are explanatory without being visionary. That is, a lot of telling and not showing. I know, rather silly and academic, but still... And third, also rather academic, is that it gets me when I see "it's" instead of "its." Just me, I know, but...
All in all, this book is a good read and I am looking forward to Part 2!