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  • File Size: 1291 KB
  • Print Length: 39 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jeff Rivera (December 24, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 24, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AT1LSPQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,753 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jeff Rivera is an author and inspirational media personality. He has appeared on national television, radio and print in such outlets as Forbes.com, The Boston Globe, Publishers Weekly, Right On! Magazine, Rotarian Magazine, TMZ, WABC, WNBC, WCBS, SITV, American Latino and NPR.

He also writes or has written for Entertainment Weekly, Mediabistro, GalleyCat, Publishing Perspectives, Digital Book World, Examiner, American Chronicle, School Library Journal and the Huffington Post and has been invited to speak and inspire groups all over the world from South Carolina to Nigeria. He has been on panel discussions for The Library Journal, Authors Guild, the Harlem Book Fair and many others.

He is known to have broken the news that Seth Godin was ditching traditional publishing which lead to mentions on hundreds of blogs and media outlets including The LA Times, Fast Company, and New York Observer. His news break that Jackie Collins would be self-publishing the US-version of her eBook lead to mentions in The Bookseller, The Guardian, USA Today and hundreds of other outlets.

His humble beginnings of living in American poverty on welfare and food stamps as the child of a single mother, to his days living in his car and final rise to becoming a published author, journalist and media personality have inspired many.

Rivera created a massive online following before the eBook revolution even existed. He was able to land an agent and a book deal with Warner Books (now known as Grand Central Publishing) within 7 days. He has used the knowledge he gained from this experience to help coach his clients on social media campaigns and has helped over 100 clients take the first step in landing an agent too.


Top Interviews:

Hugh Hefner, Stan Lee, Jackie Collins, Jamie Raab, Fergie, Enrique Iglesias, Avril Lavigne, Macy Gray, Joel Schumacher, James Patterson, Janet Evanovich, Jeff Kinney, Harlan Coben as well as 200 others.


Exclusive: A Q&A with Jeff Rivera

Question: You write for many national outlets, you blog, you're on TV, you talk to kids all over the world and your a son and uncle of 12 nieces and nephews. How do you balance all that with your writing?

Rivera: Great question. Sometimes I wonder the same thing but here's how I look at it: We're all blessed with 24 hours a day, so if you really want to do something, you can carve the time out to do it. Sometimes when people look at their lives and they think they don't have the time, they realize that they spend a lot of time watching TV or surfing the web or playing video games or staring up at the ceiling and when you subtract all that time, you realize, "Hey, I have a lot more time than I thought I did."

Q: You've written mostly for young adults in the past. How has writing for children been different for you?

Rivera: I think it's a lot more fun because kids are so honest. They'll tell you very clearly what they like or don't like and you're able to write stories exactly the way they like them. Plus, I'm one of those adults that never has really grown up totally. I still buy toys for me to play with and I still watch cartoons and Disney and Dreamworks Animation movies. I'm a big fan of those old Disney musicals too.

Q: One of the things you've done is put together Skype tours for big authors and stars like Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul), Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook) as well as tons of Disney Channel and Nickelodeon stars and kid stars from Twilight and Hunger Games. How was that and will you do a Skype tour on your own?

Rivera: Another great question! Working with these huge authors and stars is a blast because I get to work with people I've always looked up to. The kid stars are fun to work with too because they're so talented and funny. I'd love to do a Skype tour on my own and if anyone is interested in me speaking to their class they can email me and we'll try to find a time. I normally don't charge anything to do them if I have time.

Q: Um, Mommy I Think I Flushed My Brother Down the Toilet is hilarious. It's your first children's book. Will you write a sequel or any others?

Rivera: It's funny you should ask because I just finished writing the first sequel and I'm writing the third one soon too. I also have written a handful of others that I'd like to come out very soon too. So far, the parents and kids that have read them have given them a big thumbs up so I hope everyone else likes them as well.

Q: You've said that you based your two main characters in this book on your own brother and sister. How so?

Rivera: The Falisha character is definitely like my big sister Velicia when she was little. Incredibly smart but a little bit mischievous. The Jesse character is just like my little brother Stephen when he was little too; always getting into something. It was really important to me to have characters that are of all colors and sizes because that's the world we live in today.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Grandma TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 28, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
One day last week Jeff Rivera, an award-winning author of Young Adult fiction, wrote to ask if I would take a look at Um ... Mommy, I Think I Flushed My Brother Down The Toilet, his first foray into the world of books for a younger audience. Though I don't often review children's books these days, the "child" in my life now being old enough to acquire a Provisional Scooter License in the UK, I do have a love of children's literature so I was happy to have a look. I have mixed impressions.

Unlike books for the Young Adult market, where one's audience can read, there really are two kinds of children's books, books to be read together and books to read "all by yourself." As a Read Together, Um ... Mommy, I Think I Flushed My Brother Down The Toilet is engaging and funny in a way that boys both small and tall adore, a great book for Dads or Uncles to read with the young people in their lives. As a bonus, the book displays nicely on Grandma's beloved iPad - something that not all children's Kindle books do by a very long shot. As a Read Together, this is a solid 4-star read.

Sadly, Um ... Mommy, I Think I Flushed My Brother Down The Toiletis not as successful as an "All By Myself." Children in general do not care to read about children younger than they are themselves as they consider it "babyish." By giving his main character, big sister Faleesha, an age - 7 - Jeff pegged his book for Ages 6-7.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dave on January 23, 2013
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I have a ten-year old grandson and he loves anything that may be gross or disgusting. He would love this book that spins a tale of a young girl who flushes her little brother down the toilet.....by accident? And then must venture after him in a rescue effort before their father finds out. The illustrations are awesome and the book will be a hit for anyone with young children OR grandchildren who may find foul and repulsive things really cool!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christina's Book Blog on January 23, 2013
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This was a really great children's book. I hope this eventually comes out in paperback so that I can purchase it for my nieces and nephews.

If you have children and love reading to them then pick this up! They will love it! :)

The only reason this got 4.5 Stars is because I expected more pictures since it was a children's book.

BUY it. READ it. LOVE it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wise Mind on February 6, 2013
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This is an incredible book filled with pure imagination. Jeff is a wordsmith, a kind of children's poet. His descriptions, though often scatological, are wild and wonderful. The illustrations are perfectly matched to Jeff's wit and whimsy. I highly recommend this book for kids and adults. Pure fun!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catrinka TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 4, 2013
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Right off, I would say that the book's market of "up to 4th graders" is a bit off. By that age, I think kids are looking for a bit more of an involved storyline or else more extreme "potty" humor. This book, I feel, is more for the younger crowd; particularly little boys who tend to thrive on the more gross things in life. Perhaps kindergarten through 1st grade? I realize that most 4-6 year old kids would probably have to have the book read to them; but that just opens up the ideal interaction of child and reader. For instance, is getting flushed down a toilet really possible? Would we be able to breathe? Little kids just beginning to explore the nuances and comedy of toilet humor are the real audience here. Also the simple rhyming is more geared to that age group (for instance: slushy, gushy mush and graying, fraying, swaying trees). The illustrations are quite basic, but are colorful and appealing to the small crowd.

This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mary Beth Hudek on January 29, 2013
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On Friday, January 18, 2013, Jeff Rivera was kind enough to Skype our second grade class to read his newest book. Here are some things our class liked about Mr. Rivera's new book:
--We really liked the introduction, we liked how it said, "Warning, don't try to flush your brother and sister down the toilet."
--Also, we really liked when Faleesha said," I think I flushed my brother down the toilet."
--Finally, we liked when Faleesha went down the drain pipe and into Yuckland.
Mr. Rivera's book really makes kids laugh. For example, when Faleesha said "A girl has got to do what a girl has got to do," our class thought this was hilarious. Many of the kids can really relate to this book because they would like to flush someone down the toilet. We really appreciated Jeff Rivera Skyping our class and we think everyone should read his newest book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 27, 2013
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This is a clever and really funny book with an original idea. Seven year old Falisha is annoyed at her five year old brother Jesse because he loves her too much. He can't pronounce her name correctly and he gives her slobbery kisses during which he wipes his snot all over her. In revenge, she flushes him down the toilet. Her mother asks her if she did it intentionally, and she lies and says she "didn't mean to" do it. She feels that she didn't do anything really bad; after all, she wiped the toilet seat after she did it.

Her mother insists that she recue him. She tries using a plunger, but it doesn't draw Jesse back. She is left with no other choice but to jump into the toilet and bring him back. She jumps in and enters the "Kingdom of Yuke" where she has a fun adventure.

Children will enjoy this unusual tale, the humorous remarks Falisha makes, and the fun drawings.
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