Endorsements for The Bully and the Booger Baby: A Cautionary Tale


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Endorsements for Amazing Adventures in Shelby's Shoes

Endorsements for What Would You Do ? A Kid's Guide to Staying Safe in a World of Strangers

Barnes and Noble Editorial Review: Children's Literature - Cathi I. White:

Every day strangers are seen. They are everywhere: in our neighborhood, at the stores, at church, near schools, and at parks. There are many types of strangers: tall, short, old, young, big, small, dark-haired, light-haired, male, and female. But how does a child know which strangers are good ones and which are not? Children need to know how to identify someone who is a stranger, what to do if a stranger approaches them, and how to get help if needed. The author has written this unique, interactive book for kids to help them understand more about strangers. There are examples accompanied with questions and answers about what to do. For instance, one question deals with what would a child do if he or she usually walks home with a best friend, but one day the friend is not available. What would the child do? One of the wrong options is to walk home alone. In giving the answer, the author explains the correct response and why the other answers are not good choices. This kind of interaction allows a child to think about each circumstance and how he or she would handle it as well as being able to discuss each question with a parent. The information given helps a child to learn the right way to deal with each situation so they will not be vulnerable to a stranger. When reading this enlightening book, children will have fun with the questions and puzzles. In addition, the illustrations are good visuals to show children what they can do. There is also an informational section for parents and references for additional material. This educational book should be read by all parents, teachers, and children.-Reviewer, Cathi I. White

“What Would You Do? A Kid’s Guide to Staying Safe in a World of Strangers presents some very important information for children in today's world.  Through a question format, the author presents information to teach and empower children, in a non-threatening way, to take a proactive role in staying safe from harm.  The book helps build children's confidence, determine whom they should trust, and teaches them to respond to potentially dangerous situations.  The book is easy to read and includes a review, as well as word puzzles, to insure that the reader learns the content.  Including a parent/caregiver guide is an excellent idea. This is a much needed book and should be in all elementary and middle schools in America.”                               

                   -John D. Myers, Retired Superintendent of Preston County Schools 

"This interactive book gives our children and their parents a step by step system to staying safe and to evaluate methodically many dangerous situations by giving them choices on how they should respond to strangers.  I found this book personally challenging, engaging, and very easy and fun to read."         

                   -Dallas Wolfe, Sheriff of Preston County, WV / WV State Police (retired)

What Would You Do? A Kid’s Guide to Staying Safe in a World of Strangersoffers children, parents and grandparents valuable lessons and resources on how we can take action to be safe... and how we can seek safety and security in a sometimes scary world.”

-Miles Cobbett, Author of the children’s book, Champion / Elementary school teacher / Administrator of the Read to
Kids Facebook Fan Club

“Obviously, there is a need for this information. A copy of this book arrived the same day that my step-granddaughter told me she was learning about “safe touch” at school. She had a difficult time explaining what she had learned, and since she is an A student, there must have been some flaw in how the material was presented. Written so children can understand without feeling panic, What Would You Do: A Kid’s Guide to Staying Safe in a World of Strangers is the way I prefer my grandchildren learn about being safe.   

​From understanding how to use caller ID, setting a family code word, establishing an ICE (In Case of Emergency) list of safe people, to knowing what to do if a stranger comes calling, this book has everything a child needs to know about staying safewhether on the Internet, phone, or at home. With puzzles, quizzes, and a checklist to empower parents, this is a great handbook to help children discover their own answers to personal safety issues. This should be required reading for elementary school children.”

-Yvonne Perry, author of Whose Stuff Is This? Finding Freedom from the Thoughts, Feelings, and Energy of Those Around You - http://WhoseStuffIsThis.com  / author of The Sid Series ~ A Collection of Holistic Stories for Children  / Author at National Writing for Children’s Center

​“Melissa Ridenour has written a book on one of our most important societal concerns. Children in our society have increasingly been taken advantage of, and parents are not sure how to protect their families in our ever-changing world. What Would You Do? A Kid’s Guide to Staying Safe in a World of Strangershas provided a practical, easy-to-read guide for children and parents that will lead to greater safety for our young people while giving parents tools that are effective and based on sound insight. What Would You Do? A Kid’s Guide to Staying Safe in a World of Strangers is a book that creatively engages both child and parent. I highly recommend reading this fine book for everyone who cares deeply about their family and our society”

-Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D.,Ph.D. – Clinical psychologist and author of The Curse of the Capable, Performance Addiction and The Power of Empathy 

“It is with great honor that I was asked to endorse Melissa Harker Ridenour's new book. As an educator with over twenty-one years of experience in the P16 arena, and President and Founder of Teach Anti Bullying, Incorporated, I fully endorse Ms. Ridenour's new book entitled, The Bully and the Booger Baby: A Cautionary Tale.Peers, parents, and teachers can be part of the problem or part of the solution. This book provides practical and innovative strategies to ensure that our youth support each other in developing healthy and long-lasting relationships in and out of the classroom."   

- Dr. Claudio V. Cerullo, Author and President / Founder of Teach Anti Bullying, Inc. www.teachantibullying.com

“If there were ever a story to promote not being a silent bystander to bullying this is it. Melissa uses language throughout the story that will keep adults and children, alike, engrossed.  My emotions ran the gambit throughout the story – anger, sadness, jubilation. Having been an Internet Safety Advocate for over 8 years, I feel Melissa has covered the bullying epidemic extensively.”  

- Bill Latchford – Speaker / Internet Safety Advocate, www.protectchildrenonline.org 

"The Bully & The Booger Baby: A Cautionary Tale is a wonderful book for children and for parents of children who are being bullied. Through the characters in the book, Melissa Ridenour does an amazing job of capturing the importance of not turning a blind eye to bullying.  Rather, it empowers us to take action and help our children become successful, strong, and confident individuals. Everyone should have a Robby.” 

​- Dr. Sue Cornbluth, National Expert in Trauma and Child Abuse / Regular contributor to examiner.com and
Parents Express Magazine

“The author was not only creative in her approach, but completely aware of the struggle we wage against bullying. Her narrative allows the reader to fully appreciate the complexities of handling the challenges of affirming one's identity and self-worth.”   
                          - John Williams, Board President of Teach Anti Bullying, Inc.  

Endorsements for Scary Ghosts and Playful Ghosts: Children's Tales of Fright and Delight:

Scary Ghosts and Playful Ghosts: Children's Tales of Fright and Delightis a collection of invigorating tales that will delight children young and old who love the thrill of the unknown. Melissa Ridenour does an incredible job describing the scenes of these tales, creating an image for the reader that gives the tale a moody boost, sucking the reader in and making them wonder if the story they've read is true or not, but learning the lessons presented as well. We do not tempt the fates, but bring peace to the restless souls. Scary stories around the campfire have been traditions for many years for many people. This book will be a welcomed addition to these occasions. The tales are short, to the point, descriptive, fun, and, at times, bone chilling. It gives the reader food for thought while entertaining them as well.

                        - Renee Hand, Award-winning Author of Children's Interactive Mysteries

Scary Ghosts and Playful Ghosts: Children’s Tales of Fright and Delight
is a clever premise coupled with the lively writing of Melissa Ridenour. Ghosts turn up where readers least expect them, and readers will delight in their antics such that it does not deny even the most sensitive child the fun of a good ghost story.  

-  Stacie Vaughn Hutton, Author of Moonbeam Award Winning book, Shovelful of Sunshine

"Amazing Adventures in Shelby’s Shoes is a sweet and funny story that offers a valuable life lesson to any child: Believe in yourself; you can be anything you want to be. As Shelby instantly transforms herself by changing her shoes, children feel it’s okay to ‘try on’ different interests and activities to see what is the ‘best fit’ for them. Shelby’s Shoes also sends the message to parents that allowing our children to pursue a variety of interests gives them the freedom and autonomy to make their own empowered choices, and thrive once they find the ‘perfect fit’. Shelby and her adventures are delightfully brought to life through the fun, unique, and engaging artwork of illustrator, Veronica Castle.”

(Jenifer Gershman, author of Where Did Mommy’s Superpowers Go? Helping Kids Understand a Parent’s Serious Illness and Mom’s Choice Award Winner / Blog URL - www.tinyurl.com/mommypower /  To purchase - www.tinyurl.com/buymommypower)


“Kids will enjoy sharing Shelby’s adventure as she tries on different personas and, like Shelby, realize in the end that they can do anything (they want to do) and be anyone (they want to be) if they really try”!

(Sandra McLeod Humphrey, Retired Clinical Psychologist and Award-Winning Children's Author / Character Education Consultant at Kids Can Do It, LLC / Blog – Character Books for Kids)


"In Amazing Adventures in Shelby’s Shoes, the author has created a delightful combination of fun rhyme and great imagination. The story teaches children that no matter where their inspirations may take them, there is always that possibility of dreams coming true, especially if the desire for them to happen is strong enough. This is a story children of all ages will enjoy!"

(Renee Hand, Award-Winning Author of Children’s Interactive Mysteries / Speaker)

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