Sunday, June 13, 2010

Klutzy Kantor by J. Aday Kennedy

Today I am really pleased to be able to review Klutzy Kantor, a picture book by J. Aday Kennedy, "The Differently-Abled Writer," as part of her virtual book tour. I am inspired by J. Aday, as she has managed to become a children's author, despite being a ventilator-dependent quadriplegic (a result of complications after having caught spinal meningitis), and she is now making her dreams come true, one story at a time. She has also contributed five essays to Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

Now to the review: Kantor is a young, clumsy, flying horse who keeps crashing into and tripping over things. But one thing he is good at is solving riddles. When he says that he wishes he weren't so clumsy, his friend, Agra – an old flying horse - tells him that the leprechaun, Cobbledom McSweeney, will grant a wish to anyone who defeats him in a battle of wits. Kantor sets off to find the leprechaun who asks him to solve a riddle about four ants. But Kantor has to be careful, because the riddle is not all that it seems. This is an amusing story with delightful illustrations that are sure to keep children entertained. I very much liked the character of Cobbledom McSweeney and was highly entertained when Kantor crashed into him as he sat atop his rainbow, causing them both to slide down the rainbow and land right in Cobbledom's pot of gold! A charming story which illustrates the benefits of developing the talents that each one of us has and also shows that lying doesn't pay in the end.

By the way, if you'd like to listen to Klutzy Kantor's song, "Go Me!" go to the Klutzy Kantor book page on J. Aday Kennedy's website. It teaches a dance and the dance steps are listed on a pdf download.

Klutzy Kantor
Paperback: 24 page picture book
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
(April 14, 2010)
ISBN-10: 978-1616330511
ISBN-13: 978-1616330514
Price: $10.95

Suggested reader age: 4-8


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Klutzy Kantor Tour Schedule, June 2010

Monday 7 - Donna McDine Write what Inspires
Tuesday 8 - Dallas Woodburn's Writing Life
Wednesday 9 - Mayra Calvani My Secret Bookcase
Thursday 10 - Brigitte Thompson The Business of Writing /
Friday 11 - Kathy Stemke, The Education Tipster
Saturday 12 - Klutzy Kantor Klutzy Kantor's blog (Interview with Jack Foster, Kantor's Artist)
Sunday 13 - Helena Harper Helena Harper Poet & Children's Author
Monday 14 - Peggy Fieland Margarette Fieland: Poetry and Prose
Tuesday 15 - Steve Tremp BREAKTHROUGH BLOGS
Friday 18 Margot Finke Hook Kids on Reading

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  1. A wonderful interview Helena, here is a writer with tenacity, Good luck to her.


  2. Thank you, Yvonne, for your comment. J. Aday Kennedy is most certainly a writer with tenacity - and Kantor, the star of her new picture book, is also tenacious!

  3. Jessica is great and so is her writing.

  4. I guess I'm a Klutzy woman.

    The book sounds cute.

  5. I teach kindergarten. This book sounds great!!


  6. How inspiring! I love the name, and the song that goes with it is terrific. Thanks!

  7. Thanks for the post. Sorry I didn't drop by until now. I've got the crud. I've been fighting a temperature all day and accomplishing little.

  8. Thank you, everyone, for dropping by. I'm so sorry, Jessica, that you haven't been feeling well, but thanks for making the effort! Congratulations on your book - I enjoyed reading it and I wish you the best of success!

  9. MJ, it's always nice to meet a fellow teacher! I think your kindergarten pupils would enjoy the song that goes with J. Aday's book. I love to write picture books myself, although I have taught secondary school children as a teacher. I think that you might, perhaps, have joined my facebook page for my book "It's a Teacher's Life...' ? I'm running weekly contests there at the moment where if you leave a comment on the wall - just 'Hi' is enough - you get entered into the draw for a free ebook (in case you might be interested).

    All the best

  10. What an amazing book! I love the illustrations and the message it contains. Great work Jessica!

  11. Wonderful interview! Jessica, you are amazing! It's impossible not to fall in love with Klutzy Kantor!

  12. Thanks everyone. I'm fond of the little guy.\
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