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Way of the Warrior Kid: From Wimpy to Warrior the Navy SEAL Way: A Novel (Way of the Warrior Kid, 1) Hardcover – Illustrated, May 2, 2017
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Way of the Warrior Kid: From Wimpy to Warrior the Navy SEAL Way
Decorated Navy SEAL Jocko Willink is the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller Extreme Ownership. His newest book is Way of the Warrior Kid, an illustrated novel for kids ages eight to twelve. That may seem like a departure, but anyone who knows Jocko or listens to his popular podcast knows that he is extremely passionate about kids developing discipline and self-respect at an early age. Read on to learn about why he was inspired to write the book, what workouts are appropriate for real-life warrior kids, and more.
Q: What made you want to write a book for kids?
Jocko Willink: Seeing my own kids grow up made me remember that kids face a lot of challenges. I wanted to show how kids can apply the fundamental principles I learned in the SEAL Teams to overcoming the various challenges they face.
Q: Marc is a very typical fifth grader. He doesn’t like math or gym class and struggles with self-esteem. But with help, he becomes motivated to develop good habits and confidence. What advice do you have for parents whose kids are experiencing similar problems?
Jocko Willink: That’s what the book is about. All of these problems can be overcome with a good plan, clear goals, and disciplined execution. That is what we did in the SEAL Teams and that is what Marc learns from his uncle Jake in Way of the Warrior Kid. Get the book, get on the warrior path, and get these problems solved!
Q: In the beginning of the book, Marc is struggling with physical activities, like doing pull-ups. But with Uncle Jake’s help, he gets into a workout routine. What would you recommend kids Marc’s age do for exercise?
Jocko Willink: Simple calisthenics like push-ups, pull-ups, squats, burpees, and other bodyweight exercises along with running, sprinting, and swimming. Playing a variety of sports is great, too, especially jiu-jitsu!
Q: Another thing causing Marc stress is the school bully, Kenny. Did you ever have to deal with a bully like Kenny when you were in school?
Jocko Willink: I got bullied like most kids do: slammed into lockers, my books knocked onto the floor, and generally thrashed by older, bigger kids. It seems minor now, but it was intimidating and scary when I was younger. I wish I knew then what I know now—and what Marc learns in the book. I would have been better off—and the bullies would have learned, too, just like Kenny does in the book.
Q: Marc’s uncle Jake is a Navy SEAL like you. How much of Uncle Jake’s personality and experiences are similar to yours?
Jocko Willink: Uncle Jake and I have some similar traits—but he is far superior to me. He is the quintessential SEAL I always envisioned in my head and tried to emulate: smart, calm, tough, strong, and a respected leader. I’m still learning from Uncle Jake!
Q: I know you’ve shared the book with other former Navy SEALs. What did they think of it?
Jocko Willink: The most common response is the same thing I think about the book: They wish they had this book when they were in fifth grade, and they can’t wait to share it with their own kids.
Q: It’s clear from your podcast that you’re a big reader. Now that you’re a children’s author, do you read any kids’ books? What are your favorites?
Jocko Willink: I have to dig deep for that answer, back to Rudyard Kipling and Jack London. One of the reasons I wrote Way of the Warrior Kid was I couldn’t seem to find books for my own children that encouraged them to embrace the characteristics that I value: to be disciplined, to work hard, to face fears, to be strong and smart and healthy, and to stand up for themselves and what is right—like warriors.
Q: What do you hope kids take away from this book?
Jocko Willink: I want kids to see that life is hard for everyone, but that with discipline, hard work, courage, and commitment, they can overcome any challenges that life has to offer. Furthermore, they can use those same principles throughout their lives to continually improve themselves and become the strongest, smartest, healthiest, and best possible person they can be—and show others how to do the same.
About the Author
Jon Bozak is a creative director in NYC where he develops award-winning programs and products in the digital media advertising world. Part of the new breed of multi-tool creatives, he’s a prolific storyteller, designer, analytic problem solver and content developer who loves nothing more than meeting a new creative challenge. In 2008 he authored Demo: The Story of a Junkyard Dog, a modern fable for kids about America’s disposable culture. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his insta-famous, dog 'SmilingBrinks'.
- Lexile Measure : 610L
- Grade Level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 9.8 ounces
- Hardcover : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250151074
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250151070
- Product Dimensions : 5.7 x 0.82 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Feiwel & Friends; Illustrated Edition (May 2, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Reading level : 8 - 12 years
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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