Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Story Pie Press delivers Good News in time for the holidays!
Story Pie Press is a publishing house with a mission we can all support. Their motto is “heart-filled and good for the soul…“baking” stories that will have a positive impact on the lives of our readers, the organizations and charities we support, and the world around us.” Thirty percent of the proceeds of Good News Nelson will be donated to support The Humane Society of the United States.
Good News Nelson
Written by: Jodi Moore
Illustrated by: Brendan Flannelly-King
Published by: Story Pie Press, December 4, 2012
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Roxanne Werner
Synopsis: Paperboy Nelson only delivers the news to his neighbors; good or bad, it is not his to control. But cranky old Mrs. Snodberry’s reaction to a story about abandoned cats makes Nelson wonder if he can do something to change it.
Good News Nelson combines the talents of Jodi Moore, author of When A Dragon Moves In, and illustrator Brendan Flannelly-King. Together they create an uplifting story without any sugary after taste.
Packaged in an oversized hardcover edition, the jacket design echoes the newspaper theme. The black and white back cover sports a bold headline and story column layout. Inside Flannelly-King’s illustrations provide a muted backdrop for the developing story.
Paperboy Nelson finds it is not enough to deliver or read the news. It is not even enough to care about it. Bad news doesn’t turn into good news without people taking action.
Crotchety Mrs. Snodberry’s pessimism is the perfect foil to Nelson’s youthful enthusiasm. With a tip of the hat to Dicken’s Scrooge, her “bahs” are the spur to Nelson taking action.
But what can one person do--especially one small boy? Young readers will find Nelson’s story inspiring and empowering, taking away a message of hope. Even the largest problems can be tackled with a series of small steps and people working together. The plan Nelson devises to help save one hundred abandoned kittens is practical. He comes up with an idea and carries it out by himself. Although adults become involved, Nelson is the pebble that starts an avalanche of goodwill.
Readers will root for one small boy who refuses to give up and let bad news rule the day.
Jodi Moore, Brendan Flannelly-King and Story Pie Press have combined their talents to deliver a headline worthy story.
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