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Spinner the Winner Paperback – September 1, 2012
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'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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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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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.
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!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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This is a great kids book with wonderful characters. Read more
This is an interesting, unique story with good illustrations. The overt message seems to be about accepting new technology, but the story also conveys a good message of accepting... Read morePublished 20 months ago by swede
Beautifully illustrated book, but the story is only fair. The story could use a serious overhaul. First of all, a children's picturebook should not include abusive words like... Read morePublished 21 months ago by CreativeArtist
I can perfectly see myself in a few years holding my child on my lap and reading for him/her Spinner the Winner or Morisca fara Frica. Thanks Mike&Angela!Published on August 15, 2013 by Dana
A good friend of mine asked me, what is it we can do for the next generation? Alternative energy, clean energy would be a great gift and a demonstration of this generation's... Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by Paul-Andre Baran
Kept the child's attention to a point. She did learn the lessons taught in it. Made it easy understandable. Thank you.Published on April 11, 2013 by Vicki Palmer
Kept my kids' attention only moderately. Illustrations were cute but story wasn't one I'd read to them again and again.Published on March 7, 2013 by M. Anderson
Awesome and cool. Heart touching and loving. Must have more to the book then you could read more. It's such a good book!!!Published on February 11, 2013 by Nevada Northerner