Have you ever wanted something you couldn't have? Meet Lionel, a loveable bully-magnet who desperately wants a new sled and will do anything to get it.This fun Christmas book follows Lionel from Larrystown to the North Pole. His magical Three-Toed-Potbellied Walbaun foot is back and is as unpredictable as ever. Whether Lionel's sledding, ice skating, or in a life-sized gingerbread village, it takes him on some grand adventures. Filled with great Christmas imagery, this book is perfect for young readers and family story time. This 2012 holiday, be careful what you wish for, you never know what might happen!
I've followed Debdatta' blog for awhile now and I just love her reviews, posts, really everything about her blog. She was actually the very first blogger to review Lionel and the Golden Rule, so I am very pleased to be back here.
My new book is entitled Lionel's Christmas Adventure: Lionel Learns the True Meaning of Christmas. It is a beginning chapter book for ages 6-10. It is the third book in the Lionel's Grand Adventure series. My goal is to get children reading, entertain them, and teach them a lesson along the way. The first book is Lionel and the Golden Rule and the second is Lionel Turns the Other Cheek so it's not too difficult to see the lessons involved.
I want to discuss heroes. When one turns on the news, picks up the paper, or is online, it seems that all we hear about is tragedy and bad behavior. It's not too often that we hear about heroes. That got me thinking a bit, what makes a hero? Does a person have to put on a cap and save the world from evil? Do they have to do something spectacular and be on the front page of the news? Maybe those things do make a hero, but I feel like one doesn't have to do quite that much to be a hero, so I want to take a closer look at what makes a hero.
I feel that my main character Lionel is a hero, or at least he has the makings of a hero. Sure, he's fictional and hasn't really done the things that occur in the books, but he can still be a hero. In my books Lionel is the loveable loser type. He is not very popular, kind of bully-magnet even. He comes across a magical Three-Toed-Potbellied Walbuan foot, picture a lucky rabbit's foot, that makes his wishes come true. Who wouldn't love that? The problem is the Walbaun was lazy and while his wishes may come true, getting to that point always involves quite an adventure.
What makes Lionel such a great main character is that it's so easy to root for him. Quite often he finds the "prize" right within his grasp, but his big heart always gets in the way of him actually grabbing it. You see, throughout the stories Lionel learns to put the needs of others before his own. That is how heroism starts. Small acts of kindness can, and often do, lead to larger ones. I think we all know people that we consider heroes for the many small acts of kindness they exhibit. It doesn't have to on the news to make an impact or a difference in people's lives.
Lionel may not be a hero, but he certainly has the makings of one. Him learning the value of relationships over material things is a big step in the right direction. I'm not here to put on the hard sell about my books, but as far as Lionel is concerned, I believe children could a lot worse than to read about him and maybe help them build a hero's character. Merry Christmas everyone!
Paul R. Hewlett & Sheryl Hartwell
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