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Thursday, April 26, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Amos Faces His Bully by Cheryl Malandrinos (Children's)


Greetings Friends!

Today, I am hosting a REVIEW for AMOS FACES HIS BULLY by Cheryl Malandrinos.


AMOS FACES HIS BULLY

by
Cheryl C. Malandrinos

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Pages: 20
Genre: Christian children's picture book




Amos is targeted by the town bully because he is so small. When word reaches Amos of his friend David's battle with Goliath, he thinks back to what David told him about putting his faith in God's protection. Perhaps the same God can help Amos face his bully too.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of Little Shepherd, A Christmas Kindness, Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving and the recently released, Amos Faces His Bully. A blogger and book reviewer, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters. She also has a son who is married.

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BOOK EXCERPT

Amos clutched his knees to his chest. Sitting in the dirt, he blinked to keep the tears from spilling down his cheeks. 

Nathaniel and the other neighborhood boys marched around, taunting him.
 

“Are you going to cry now, baby?” Nathaniel balled his hands into fists and pretended to rub his eyes.
 

“I’m not crying,” ten-year-old Amos said with a sniffle. He stood and brushed the dirt off his clothes.
 

“I bet you’re the biggest cry baby in all of Bethlehem,” said Nathaniel.
 

The boys pushed him back and forth chanting, “Cry baby, cry baby.”


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REVIEW




I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

I really enjoyed this poignant story of handling a very real problem for children using a classic Biblical tale, which creates a fantastic way in which to reinforce or introduce scripture to younger audiences. While the main message is learning to put your faith in God and that through Him anything is possible, I thoroughly appreciated the story's ability to communicate the idea that there will always be something in your life you must work to defeat, but taking each day as it comes and addressing the issue head on will make even the most insurmountable problem less of a burden. Amos discovers that despite standing up to the bullies, they will more than likely bother him again soon, but he now knows that he can be strong even in the face of great difficulty. Strength is multifaceted and largely harnessed by many of us through our relationship with God and faith. This book helps to convey that idea as a means of finding comfort as well as stressing the importance of resilience, which is definitely a quality anyone can benefit from. 

The illustrations are quite vibrant and will definitely appeal to young readers. While they aren't capturing the sense of awe and wonder that a story such as David and Goliath would have on a reader, the images will draw children in and keep them listening. 

Overall, this is certainly an effective selection to connect families and entertain younger and older readers alike!




Many thanks to Pump Up Your Book and Cheryl Malandrinos. It was a pleasure reading, reviewing, and hosting! Be sure to check out the other blogs on the tour for more opinions and author extras!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the wonderful review of Amos Faces His Bully. I am so glad you enjoyed it. Wishing you and your readers a blessed weekend.

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