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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Marvelous Spirit Press (March 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615991832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615991839
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,427,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once a teen runaway, Jewel Kats is now a two-time Mom's Choice Award winner. For six years, Jewel penned a syndicated teen advice column for Scripps Howard News Service (USA) and The Halifax Chronicle Herald. She gained this position through The Young People's Press. She's won $20,000 in scholarships from Global Television Network, and women's book publisher: Harlequin Enterprises. Jewel also interned in the TV studio of Entertainment Tonight Canada. Her books have been featured in Ability Magazine (USA) twice. She's authored eight books-five are about disabilities. The Museum of disABILITY History celebrated her work with a two-day event. Jewel has appeared as an international magazine cover story four times! Recently, her work was featured in an in-depth article published in "The Toronto Star". Jewel's work has also appeared as an evening news segment on WKBW-TV and on the pages of "The Buffalo News".


(1)*** "Cinderella's Magical Wheelchair: An Empowering Fairy Tale"***
-(Fairy Ability Tales Book #1)
-Silver medalist/Mom's Choice Awards 2013
-One-page book excerpt in the 'Quincy Jones' issue of 'Ability Magazine'
-Book signing at Museum of disABILITY History in Buffalo, New York
-Featured in the evening news of WKBW-TV
-'The Huffington Post' lists it as a valuable teaching resource
-First "Cinderella" adaptation in history with a wheelchair-mobile Princess

(2)***"The Princess and the Ruby: An Autism Fairy Tale"***
-(Fairy Ability Tales Book #2)
-Silver medalist/Mom's Choice Awards 2013
-Re-telling of the Hans Christen Andersen's classic 'The Princess and the Pea' except with an Autism twist
-First and only fairy tale featuring a non-verbal child princess with Autism

(3)***"Snow White's Seven Patches: A Vitiligo Fairy Tale"
-(Fairy Ability Tales Book #3)
-FIRST fairy tale in HISTORY featuring a Princess with the skin condition of vitiligo.

(4)***"What Do You Use to Help Your Body?: Maggie Explores the World of Disabilities"***
-Won gold medal from the prestigious Gelett Burgess Awards in the category of illness, bereavement and disability.
-Full two-page book excerpt in Ability Magazine (USA)
-Full-fledged multicultural cast of characters that illustrate disabilities unite the human experience.

(5)***"DitzAbled Princess: A Comical Diary Inspired by Real Life"***
-Won bronze medal in the (IPPY) Independent Publisher Book Awards for the category Graphic Novel / Drawn Book - Humor / Cartoon
-First reality-series comic strip about a woman with a physical disability
-Book signing at the Museum of disABILITY History in Buffalo, New York
-Magazine cover story of "Disability Today Network" and Australia's largest cross-disability magazine "Link Disability Magazine"
-Featured on WKBW-TV evening news

(6)***"Reena's Bollywood Dream: A Story About Sexual Abuse"***
-First and only children's picture book about a young Indo-American girl who survives sexual abuse

(7)***"Teddy Bear Princess: A Story About Sharing and Caring"***

(8)***"Word Search Divas"***
-Puzzle book with diva themes and pictures of fashion models

AUTHOR WEBSITE: www.jewelkats.com
AUTHOR'S EMAIL: jewelkats78@gmail.com

-"Panda Bear Princess Tea Party: A Cerebral Palsy Fairy Tale" (February 2014)
-"Jenny and her Dog Both Fight Cancer" (Spring 2014)

Customer Reviews

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Over the years, I have learned that making fun of disabilities is not funny nor is it Politically Correct...Let me stand corrected, when you are laughing at Jewel Kats's cartoon diary DitzAbled Princess, I think it is okay to laugh.

Jewel has taken her real life situations and made it a cartoon with an assist by artist Katarina Andriopoulos. What the writer has done is similar to the late Harvey Pekar had done with his American Splendor series {one of Pekar's best is American Splendor and More American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar} without a lot of the anger Pekar had.

The Writer's approach is more mirthful and it works well for her. This strip-ed version of Kats's quirky real life should be considered next to her comic strip sisters Cathy and Sally Forth. Thje strips are great, however I would love to see a full graphic novel of Kats's life.

As an artist, Andriopoulous captures the real life images with a slight comic flair. She keeps the real life character true to life without making them too much off the real person.

The author and the artist can make you think and laugh at the same time with many situations. I know this is based on her real life, but these are life's cutest moments captured in a comic strip form. I just wonder why this isn't shared more on Facebook as Peanuts strips and Zippy cartoons are. My favorite strip is Jewel's "Inner Child"..i keep coming back to that strip over & over and still laughing it

Jewel , you may be a DitzAbled princess, but you are also a diva of laughter. I hope this strip last forever. You put a realness into the disabled in your presentation..and you make it funny.
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All of us have things in our lives that can make us feel sorry for ourselves and go through the whole "Woe is me" attitude, but it takes a special kind of person to be able to take a licking and keep right along ticking. That kind of person can laugh at themselves and help others to see the lighter side of life as well. Jewel Kats is one of those type of people.

In her book DitzAbled Princess she allows us into her life, the day-to-day conversations with her husband and family and the way she is able to not allow what is perceived as a disability to cripple her as she lives her life. The big lesson for me as I was able to travel with Jewel from a party for her dog to a Halloween event where her wedding dress made an appearance I was ale to see how she was helping us to see that we are more a like than we might even realize. Whatever our thing is that threatens to hold us back, we have to be able to be courageous and move forward in spite of it.

This doesn't mean that every day is going to be perfect or that we won't feel down at times, but it does mean that we will not allow what is happening to us to affect what we are able to do with the life we have to live.

Simple, entertaining and full of important life reminders, this is a book that shows how laughter can be life's best medicine.
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I reviewed this book on my blog and I will sum up what I said there and add a few points. My Blog is Carole Di Tosti, All Along the NYC Skyline. A bit of the review is as follows:

Have you ever heard, "It's all in your attitude?" Well, Ditzabled Princess by Jewel Kats and artist Katarina Andriopoulos is an adorable mid-level children's "comical" book that teaches a wonderful lesson about attitude. With a positive, uplifted attitude one will draw friends, family and others toward love and a spirit of living life to the fullest.

We are not talking Pollyanna, here, either. We are discussing a strong realistic and affirming way to view circumstances with an approach that uses humor and humanity to get over what a negative individual might carp, complain and stress themselves into a hellish place over. Thank goodness, Jewel Kats is the opposite, for she has given us a jewel of a book that even adults would appreciate. And I can think of a few adults who need to "get over themselves" that I will probably buy this book for when they need a laugh.

You can see the rest of the review on my blog at [...]

A word about the author and this work:

What you must understand about Jewel Kats is how she is reaching out to all ages, young and old, grandparents, parents and children, though if you read it in a cursory fashion YOU WILL MISS THE POINT. Disability is not what is, it is what one makes it. It is in the heart, it is in the soul, it is in the mind. That is Kats' point with this work, Ditzabled Princess. She knows who she is...she laughs at herself and manages to get others to laugh and love with her. That is what the best of life should be...the very best.
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Although I went through a short comic-book phase as a boy, it didn't last very long, and now I don't really care to read or review "graphic novels" which are just a fancy kind of comic book. However, when I was asked if I would consider reviewing DitzAbled Princess by Jewel Kats, I readily agreed because I have read and reviewed other books by this author which have been quite good. Kats is a former teen runaway who suffers with a physical disability which results from never-ending bowel issues but has authored seven books and for six years penned a syndicated advice column for teens.

Kats has also written a reality-series comic strip based on her own life, from which I assume this book is taken. In it, she discusses and pictures her relationships with her mom, a saleslady by day and a nagging mother by night; her hubby, who is cheap but is her biggest fan; her baby sister, a recent university graduate and new accountant; her middle sister, who holds as high power corporate position; her dad, a former electrical engineer and semi-retired real estate agent; and her BFF (best friend forever), who recently moved to New York City. Someone described the gook as a "Graphic Novel (a comic strip book for kids)." However, while there's nothing really objectionable in it, the nature of the subject matter just seems to me to be more suitable for teens and adults.

Jewel's weakness is her pet dogs, Snowie and Dolly. Naughty Snowie is said to "pee" wherever he fancies, including on Dolly's face. Also, in one panel, Jewel visits a psychic. But the positive benefit of the book is that it portrays a person who has overcome numerous problems to become a great success and whose physical disability doesn't dampen her spirits.
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