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About the Author

Mike Ormsby is a former BBC journalist and World Service trainer. 'Spinner the Winner' is his first book for younger readers. His popular collection of short stories, 'Never Mind the Balkans, Here's Romania' (2008), earned him the tag 'the British Caragiale'. His screenplay 'Hey Mr DJ' was filmed and released in Kigali in 2007 and topped the bill at Rwanda's first Hillywood Film Festival. His short script 'Enfants Dits Sorciers' was filmed in Kinshasa in 2002. Mike and his wife Angela Nicoara are based in Transylvania, where they have lived for 500 years.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478284269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478284260
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,354,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Ormsby was born in Ormskirk, England, in 1959. He is the author of 'Child Witch Kinshasa' and 'Child Witch London' (2014), a two-part novel set in Congo and the UK. His short story collection, 'Never Mind the Balkans, Here's Romania' (2008), prompted Romanian critics to dub him 'our British Caragiale', after their beloved Victorian-era satirist.

'Spinner the Winner' (2012), Mike's book for children, has been translated into French, Serbian, Spanish, and Romanian. His screenplay 'Hey, Mr DJ' (2007) was filmed in Kigali and topped the bill at Rwanda's first Hillywood Film Festival. His script 'Enfants dits Sorciers' was filmed in Kinshasa (2002). A former BBC journalist/World Service trainer, Mike is based in a mountain village in Transylvania, where he and his wife Angela Nicoara have lived for five hundred years.

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My kids wouldn't let me stop reading Spinner, and both were entranced (including the 3 year old!) until the very end. My 7 year old can manage to read most of the words, and both kids are attracted to the bright and entertaining illustrations. Written to appeal to young and old, with a good dash a drama as well as humor, Spinner is a real hit in our household.
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Daughter read this to an elementary class in Texas, almost all of the kids had seen the propellor shafts being transported to west Texas on trucks and easily related to the natural means of supplying energy, especially when it came time to emulate Spinners spinning, best to give them space when they whirl their arms!
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The story is simple and the illustrations are so cute. I read this story over and over again to my six year old and he loves it every time. Moreover, he read the book to me successfully. It is short, simple and makes you and your kids smile and laugh. A great bedtime story,too. Highly recommended!
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This is a well-illustrated story seeking to portray the benefits of turbine power wrapped up in a humorous story. Some of the language is a bit deprecating, which does not provide the best example for young children. Because Spinner was not properly oiled, he makes a lot of noise while spinning. That inspires some of the townsfolk to throw eggs, flour and mark him with graffiti. When a severe storm cuts the electricity to the town, Spinner gets his chance to shine. An unexpected friend comes to Spinner's rescue.

The story-line itself has quite a bit of text on each page, which makes it somewhat difficult reading for children at the younger end of their 5-11 target age audience, Illustrations are geared to the younger reader, while the vocabulary and length of text are more appropriate for children ages eight and above. I think the author missed an opportunity to explain the fundamentals of how wind turbines operate. This would have added more substance to the book.
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Mike Ormsby departs from his insightful and witty observational writing as a Brit in Romania to launch his first assault on childrens fiction.

The wit remains - it's truly pun-tastic (my favourite being the ghosts who for reasons I won't go into here have to 'give up the boos'). Clearly though, Ormsby is trying to be more serious, and he manages this, despite the light and easy writing and the colourful and cheery illustration by Sorin Sorasan. The writer has come down hard on the side of the wind turbine in the debate which vexes many of a progressive disposition - clean energy or unacceptable winged blob on the landscape?

Ormsby's trying to get them onboard early, and I hope he succeeds. An excellent read for pun-dits of all ages.

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This is a charming book about a little boy-turbine's adventurous life among people. The author is trying to convey an emotional as well as an educative message. Kids will fall in love with the character, while learning valuable information about clean alternatives to producing energy, a very popular subject nowadays.

The drawings are delicious and very animated. There are a couple of coloring pages at the end that make a very nice addition to the book. Any kid would love to have this book at home. They will read it with pleasure, again and again.

We stayed up late to finish reading it and we went back to playing with it the next day. Spinner is a good friend to have around the house. Highly recommended!

Looking forward to reading more stories about Spinner.
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I choose to give this book five stars for such an ingenious way to teach young people as well as older folks
who may be especially reading this to their children? It also used very colorful illustrations to help clarify
any questions about what they do and what they may look like too! I liked the story too for all the above reasons
I have already mentioned above. I recommend this book for young as well for us older folk who did not
grow up with such a thing as this but the tall wooden or steal poles to carry electricity to all our homes, businesses,churches,etc. I received this book free and in exchange I am doing the reviews now! Great job author!
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This is one of those kids' books likely to create memories for both the parent and the child. Every time you drive by a windmill, you might be inclined to think of Spinner the Winner.

When my children were young, we had conversations about Thomas the Tank Engine every time we saw a train. Same thing.

It has all of the elements of a great children's story: snappy writing, memorable characters, fine illustrations and tension. Children will be able to identify with Spinner's emotions. If you do voices for different characters, you'll be able to come up with some good ones for Joe, the Lord Mayor and others.

Fun for everyone!
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