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Right Away Orimae!: Holiday Book of Rhyme & Color (Holiday Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 3, 2013
The author is clever and refreshing. A coloring book goes with the story. My kids couldn't wait to color Orimae and Arbuckle when we finished reading the book. The only thing I would suggest is lowering the child's age group, maybe K-3 would be more appropriate. It is an adorable tale and I am always looking for the stories that rhyme. ( ) vote | ArizonaFlame | Apr 18, 2014 | --Library Thing
This book drew me in from the first page and kept me chomping at the bit to the end. It is a heart-wrenching, emotionally charged poetry. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am currently reading another one which is also excellent. Ms. Robinson is a wonderful and exciting author. I am now new fan and follower. ( )rosestanley | Apr 12, 2014 | edit | --Library Thing
I love Ms. Robinson's writing style. The humor is wonderful and the animal characters are endearing. Calamity is our favorite, such a clumsy little guy. We will read more of Ms. Robinson. ( ) BeverlyMorgan | Apr 21, 2014 | edit | --Library Thing
About the Author
Renee Robinson studied writing and communications. Currently, she has published 12 books. She writes fiction, thriller, memoirs, and poetry. She has also created a series of children books. 6 years ago, she received the horrifying diagnosis of colon cancer. Only halfway through her first round of chemotherapy, she lost her job as she was no longer able to work fulltime due to becoming too ill to return. Instead of laying around feeling sorry for herself, Renee used this opportunity to write and to be published. She began with publishing a series of poetry books while working on a her biography about family, life and cancer.
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But Renee's surprised me. My newest niece has just arrived a few weeks ago and I was put in charge of the older ones. :)
I bought the first of Renee's book and they loved it. So I bought all of them for each one of them because her stories are funny and talk about "awkward" and/or loving moments.
A bit differently from the others, in this book, she broaches the theme of duress and how friends can help one another in such a beautiful way ALL the 10 children kept quiet until the end of the story, their eyes glued to me... And then hell broke lose! :) A good, interesting hell, full of questions, demands, ideas and opinions, which popped around and made me spent one of my most agreeable and happy afternoons with my family!
I have to mention her other books remind me of Christian Andersen's tale, "The Emperor's New Clothes". Not because she writes about vain adults, no!
But because she writes about those exact moments children sputter that the emperor is naked(!) when everyone is pretending to be watching the spectacular parade of his new clothes. And she does it from the children's POV, which is even better!! The way she deals with those things children found funny or "different" in older people is just special and could only have come from a gentle, creative and sensitive mind.
Her writing has a brush of poetry, which make the words sing out of the page and keep the small ones curious of the next rhyme. It's simple enough for them to grasp the message and meanings at the same time, and yet, it's beautiful and singular and it keeps the adults tuned to the story, which is very important, imo. It also reminds the grown ones of those very moments - strange, different and yet cherished, because they will stay with us forever.
And last, but not least, in the end of each book, there are "chapters" - images, in fact - added that allows children to interact with Renee's characters and develop new, creative stories based on what they have heard (or read) and experience.
Though it was a children's book, the humor and light-heartedness of the story made it a joy to read it as an adult.