Thursday, April 25, 2019

Review: Skwerdlock Series by Pops Jamison


MEET THE SKWERDLOCK!
by Pops Jamison
ImagiLearning, Inc.
Picture Book
37 pages
ages 4 to 7





As "Pops", John shares the stories he told his daughter years ago, and now tells his grandchildren today. Stories of fun and wonder, sometimes crazy, but always with a smile. 

"Meet the Skwerdlock!" was created to help spark a love of books, help learn a few words, and just have an excuse to sit in the recliner and enjoy time together.

Pops says:

I really enjoy seeing nicely done illustrations in books. However, one of the goals of this book is to show that you don’t have to be a professional artist or illustrator to create books. 

Children are filled with great stories, and I want to encourage them to write those stories down, and bring them to life with their own pictures. If they end up looking really, really great, that’s just fine.

But if they end up looking like mine do, that’s perfectly ok too!




I SAW THE SKWERDLOCK!
by Pops Jamison
ImagiLearning, Inc.
Picture Book
ages 4 to 7






"I Saw the Skwerdlock" is the second Skwerdlock story created to help spark a love of books, help learn a few words, and just have an excuse to sit in the recliner and enjoy time together. 

Pops says: 

The Skwerdlock has been very special in our family for a long time, and I hope others will have the same kind of fun. This is a fun story to read together, and especially fun when your young readers can read it to you! There is no moral, no lesson, just a fun story to relax and enjoy! 


MY TIDBITS

These books are simple, cute and funny—great for a read aloud or beginner readers to tackle some words on their own.

The Skwerdlock is a strange creature, one right out of the realm of boundless imagination. He's kind, not always perfect, and a great friend to have around. The books are written so that even younger listeners will be drawn in and understand what's going on. Humor is set high as is simple, imaginative fun. The plot is always light, allowing the stories to center more around getting to know Skwerdlock and experience simple things with him. There aren't any morals or lessons either, but everything centers on the joy of reading and fun.

The illustrations are very lovingly done, with the desire to show that not everything always has to be perfect. Stories are about so much more, and it's this enjoyment, which is celebrated in this series. 


And here he is...



John Jamison is a life-long believer in the power of stories. First as a pastor, then educator, creator of Centers for Innovation at multiple universities, Director of a national Game and Simulation academic degree program, a consultant for e-learning and brand development, John has used the power of story to bring about serious change and have some fun in the process. John grew-up in a small river-town in Illinois, and describes his childhood as “kind of Tom Sawyer-ish with a blend of Wizard of Oz.” John says, “I grew up in a family of storytellers and liars, and I spent most of my time trying to figure out which was which.” Keep up to date with his books at https://jbjamison.jamisonbooks.com/.


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