Celebrities and spiritual teachers often labor under the same delusion—that their talents extend to writing children’s books. Here, it is Eckhart Tolle’s turn. Tolle, the author of the adult books (and Oprah favorites) The Power of Now (1999) and A New Earth (2005), along with coauthor Friedman, offers a book whose story and message are both muddled. Young Milton runs afoul of a bully (well, his name is Milton) and spends the next day or so worrying about what will happen when he sees Carter again. The Universe does send him a couple of messages. Snuggles the cat gets mauled by Brutus the Doberman across the street, but he lets it go when he is cuddled. He is living in the Now (uh . . . because he is a cat?). The rest of Milton’s inner knowledge comes in a (long) dream, but few kids will understand the truncated concept of inner light that this tries to get across. The artwork is sufficient, with one very nice picture of Milton looking out for Carter, but it doesn’t carry the tedious story. The only recommendation here comes because of possible demand, and with Tolle’s track record, that could be considerable. Grades K-3. --Ilene Cooper
About the Author
Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual teacher and the bestselling author of The Power of Now
and A New Earth
. He lives in Canada.
Robert Friedman is a co-founder of Hampton Roads Publishing Company. He lives in Virginia.
Frank Riccio is an award-winning illustrator and author of children's books. He also lives in Virginia.
Together they have produced this wonderful book for the child in us all.