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Tales of Piccolo: From Venice to Brooklyn and Back…

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Piccolo: an Intern’s Tale by Piccolo Fortunato with Elias T Ressler cut-outs by MOR

  • Piccolo CoverPaperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Book Bogglers (January 21, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 069257784X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692577844

Review by Randi Silv Editor, Arteidolia 

“What a great read that just flows with that distinctive NYC pace. The author skillfully weaves in a flavor of “art world” enticements and disappointments, the ones that so many hopeful young artists really do face but usually go unsaid. She cleverly approaches fame and fortune, a desire so common and so real, but with such twists of humor and layers of insights into its ups and downs that readers get a chance to feel what it might actually be like to crave success in that mad race to be part of the NYC art scene.

Through the innocent eyes of a master carver, Piccolo, an Italian greyhound from Venice, readers meet a maze of promises, deals and incidents and might even notice parallels with their own lives, whether aspiring artists themselves or anyone from anywhere with that dream of finding a new life in NYC.

The author writes with a rhythm that is immediate, that never stops questioning, that surfaces with an unexpected excitement that quickly draws you in. You can find yourself easily in the shoes of any of the characters, anticipating their next encounter, their next move, with a wave of challenges, mishaps, difficulties and revelations all unfolding like a thriller.

Piccolo’s sensitivity and inquisitiveness mixed in with his determination to be recognized as an artist is an inspiration. His tale is more than just an adventure.”

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mischief200The Book Bogglers Collective presents:

My Improbable Mischief

Book 1: Archer & Fletch

by E. Merwin  & Cynthia Stuart

Illustrated by James H. Maglina

Copyright ©2015 E. Merwin Ressler and Cynthia Stuart.

All Rights Reserved.

ISBN-13: 978-0692478172 (Book Bogglers)

ISBN-10: 0692478175

cropped-mel_glenn_read.jpg“Edgar Allan Poe once said that the hallmark of a successful story is that it can be read (with pleasure) at one sitting, and “Improbable Adventures of My Mischief” passes with flying colors.
This charming tale makes you believe in the better nature of rats – yes, I said rats – who strut the stage in the words of their mantra with ‘courage, compassion and culture.’ Archer and Fletch share wild and funny adventures, not the least of which is trying to get back home with Skyler ‘where treats are abundant and comfort guaranteed.’
The authors have crafted a magical story, one that will delight readers of all ages.  As Fletch says, ‘Here’s to the rat poets, free-thinkers and fierce fighters.’ This human can only say Amen to that.”
Mel Glenn,  SPLIT IMAGE 2001 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA) and Books for the Teen Age 2001 (NYPL)

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5.0 out of 5 starsLove Those Rats!

on September 12, 2015
I’ve just finished reading. What more can I say, but that it’s great: a tight, flowing, humorous, exciting, moving, informative, playful, insightful story of friendship with moments of being a tear jerker, an adventure that keeps you on the edge of your seat, a love story that sweetly draws you in, and when finished, you can’t help but think, maybe I’d like a pet rat!
Who can resist reading a fairytale?
The two authors have created a tale that introduces two delightful pets, pet rats to be exact!
Skyler Goude finds that her two “boys” Fletch and Archer are much more than pets, they are playful and faithful friends who are warm and loving and fill up her rather solitary life. Fletch and Archer love Skyler and their home but unfortunately by accident they find themselves out on the streets of New York. Their adventures begin when they meet Rat and L’l Doe. They learn that their protected life with plentiful food was due to Skyler’s love for them, while Rat, a city rat teaches them about the hard life in the city where “one guy’s garbage is another’s feast.”
I enjoyed Fletch’s plan to present “Rateo and Juliet” in time for the celebration of World Rat’s Day. When he discovers that there’s a rat actress on Broadway, he sees her to be his perfect Juliet. But will she accept the part?
We discover that Fletch, a fan of Shakespeare and his brother Archer who thinks only of filling his stomach, are “personalities” that will make you chuckle. At the same time they offer the reader realistic facts as to their reactions to homiosapiens.
“Complimenti” to both authors.
on September 17, 2015
Another vey quirky, ‘animalcentric’ contemporary fairytale from the author of ‘Piccolo’, the sculptor greyhound. For lovers of pet rats and for those who have always wanted one, this clever ‘tail’ will give insight into rat behavior, both pet and wild, along with thrills and laughter. And for those of us who love Manhattan, the ‘city that never sleeps’ plays a leading role too, all seen from the tiniest ‘rat’s eye’ perspective, of course.
This is a fun, fast paced story about my favorite thing; rats! Rats are so often the villain in stories, which perpetuates the myths and bad reputations that these poor misunderstood animals continue to carry with them. E. Merwin and Cynthia Stuart however, have made rats the protagonists in their story and have showed them to be the silly, loving creatures they really are. And it’s obvious that at least one of them is an actual rat owner themselves and knows their true nature. I really enjoyed part one this series and look forward to reading part two!