Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Book Review: 'Farkle Shark You Are Not Stupid' by Rita Emmett

Illinois author Rita Emmett calls herself a “Recovering Procrastinator” and has penned many successful books along the line of self-help - ‘The Procrastinator’s Handbook’, ‘Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress’, ‘The Procrastinating Child’, ‘The Clutter-Busting Handbook’, ‘33 Stress Busting Tips’, ‘Creating Family Traditions’, ‘Finding Time to Write Your Book When You Feel Overwhelmed’, among others. She also is a widely lauded speaker and media personality – her customized presentations covering Procrastination, Clutter, Customer Loyalty, Burn-out, and Communication Skills have helped hundreds of organizations improve their performance, productivity and profitability, and head off burnout before it starts. And for this she has been honored for her High Content / High Fun interactive Keynotes and Training presentations by being included in the prestigious “Who’s Who in American Education” plus “Who’s Who in America” and the “The World Wide Who’s Who of Women”. Some of Rita’s clients include AT&T, Kraft Food, Mercedes Benz, Met Life, and The National Kidney Foundation. Now she turns to children’s books and voila! she succeeds in this vein as well.

In this thoroughly entertaining book beautifully illustrated by Irina Bulgaru we meet Farkle Shark hiding from his sister Sparkle Shark who tends to belittle Farkle with making fun of his vocabulary and strange ideas. For example, Farkle wants to climb trees “Holy porpoise poop. I’m the only shark in the class. Everyone else is a monkey and they can climb trees.’ Sparkle corrects Farkle dream as unrealistic but emphasizes that though he cannot climb trees, other of this friends can’t swim! She tells him, ‘Everybody is smart about something but nobody is smart about everything.’ And Sparkle takes Farkle on a little trip to [point out the bullies who are the ones who make Farkle feel stupid – bullies like the tree climbing monkeys who are out in a boat and after a challenge it is shown that they can’t swim! Farkle rescues them and the monkeys change their minds about who is smart! And of course the monkeys and Farkle become not only friends but playmates as well.

A delightful read, full of both laughs and lessons, and terrific illustrations – a book children will read again and again and remind themselves about the bullies lesson and the final triumph of a ‘stupid little shark named Farkle’. Well done! Grady Harp, March 17
This book is free on Kindle Unlimited.

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