A great review for my alter ego

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Eric Stevens just got a wonderful e-mail from SAB! Booklist Online had this to say about his latest release:

Maddox, Jake (author) and Eric Stevens (author).
Illustrated by Sean Tiffany.
Feb. 2009. 72p. Stone Arch, hardcover, $17.99 (9781434212009) <http://worldcatlibraries.org/wcpa/isbn/9781434212009> . Grades 4-7.
REVIEW. First published March 19, 2009 (Booklist Online).

With a winning combination of fast action and intense personal drama, this chapter book in the Jake Maddox Sports Fiction series will draw even reluctant readers. On the first page, Kenny is in big trouble at school again, and his dad has been called in to see the principal. Ever since his mother died, Kenny gets angry very easily; he even yells at teachers. He is furious when Dad signs him up for karate class, and the full-page, comic-style pictures in gray wash show him seething, and then slowly gaining control as he practices the technical moves and also learns calming exercises from Sensei, his karate teacher. Readers will enjoy the details of Kenny’s meltdowns as much as the karate specifics, which build to the climax, in which Kenny overcomes his anger and wins the class tournament. Back matter includes discussion questions, writing prompts, a glossary, and more information about karate.— Hazel Rochman

I'm afraid I can't link the article, since I don't subscribe to Booklist Online. But anyway, woo! Thanks, Hazel!


4 Responses to “A great review for my alter ego”
Post a Comment | Post Comments (Atom)

Kangaroo B said...

One day you will have to explain to me how Eric Stevens and Jake Maddox co-author a book together when both of them are you. I feel like this is violating several laws of logic.

April 2, 2009 at 5:55 PM
Sean Tiffany said...

Hooray for great reviews! Great find.

And, I agree with Kangaroo B...

I draw books written by Jake Maddox, who is inhabited by many people, including Eric Stevens, who is a pseudonym for Steve Brezenoff...

I want a new name too!

From now on my work name will be Sketch McDraw! Ha ha

It's great to finally meet you Steve. You do some great work and I love reading all the fun manuscripts!

April 3, 2009 at 2:56 AM
Steve Brezenoff said...

Haha! Thanks, Sean. But don't start changing names on us; you're the one real consistent thing about this Maddox books. If your name or art changed, the whole universe might collapse.

April 3, 2009 at 5:29 AM