Alexandra Frean – “Attempts by parents and teachers to persuade boys to read more are being undermined by publishers whose insistence on using lurid â€œBarbieâ€ pink covers on books is turning away young male readers in their droves.” (via)
September 26, 2007
Hi. I’m Colin White and I’m in the 7th grade. I don’t usually like to read much, but I love to draw. One day my mom took one of my drawings and wrote a poem to go with it. It was so funny! She liked it when I laughed, so she kept writing poems to go with the drawings I did.
This year, we published a book of her poems and my drawings called Coolhead Luke and Other Stories. It’s on http://www.amazon.com. We’ve had a lot of success with it and today we’re doing a reading at Barnes & Noble. All the kids who read the book say they think it’s really funny. My mom made sure it was challenging also, with hard vocabulary words and she put a glossary and teacher’s guide in the back. But, most kids just think it’s funny.
I think all kids from 8 to 12 would really like Coolhead Luke. We have a blog too. It’s at http://coolheadluke.wordpress.com
We hope you read our book.
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