BJ's Big Dream

Children - Picture Book
30 Pages
Reviewed on 04/03/2017
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Author Biography

Passionate about creating tomorrow’s leaders, Dr. Sonia Cunningham Leverette combines her love for children with books. Wife, mother and veteran educator with almost thirty years of experience, Dr. Leverette focuses extensively on meeting the needs of grade school students, including how to deal with bullying, leadership, teamwork, problem solving and character development.

Her books address self-esteem, self-confidence and goal setting. In addition to writing three children’s books (BJ’s Big Dream, He Never Slumbers and What is That Stinky, Winky Eeewww Smell?), Dr. Leverette is a contributor to two Love.Hope.Faith anthologies compiled by best-selling author, Vanessa Miller.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite

BJ had a dream; it was to grow his hair and to wear his locks long like his idol, Bob Marley. BJ's Big Dream by Sonia Cunningham Leverette is a children’s book about living your dreams. Along with the colorful, beautiful illustrations, the story is about passion, accomplishment and courage. In order to live his dream, BJ had to make sacrifices by skipping hair cuts and taking care of his hair. When it was finally that time to get his locks, BJ was excited, his dream was finally becoming a reality. With each step, BJ felt courage, empowered and ecstatic. BJ began to dream while his hair was being transformed, he dreamed that he was facing various animals from a pack of wolves to a huge snake. Even in his dreams, BJ's locks made him feel invincible.

While reading BJ's Big Dream by Sonia Cunningham Leverette, it was wonderful how BJ’s transformation was compared to not only Bob Marley and the changes that he and his legacy stood for, but also Samson, who in the Bible was a leader and warrior that gained his strength from his long locks which were never cut. The parallel that Sonia Cunningham Leverette created with that of Marley, Samson and BJ develops a foundation of identity and character that children can relate to. Children need a role model or hero that they can aspire to, just like BJ has, so let's continue to encourage our children to create their own being which will strengthen not only their confidence but their self-worth.

Valerie J Lewis Coleman

BJ's Big Dream inspires children to dream, plan and then commit to doing what it takes to make a dream reality. I'm getting copies for my grandbabies. Congrats!

Victoria Schwimley

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I read this book to my five-year-old grandson and two-year-old granddaughter. The story held the attention of both children. What I liked about it was the lesson it gave the children about pursuing your dreams. The illustrations were bright and interesting, and the story written in a way that made it easy for children to understand. I always get my grandson’s input into the story as far as rating it. 1= I did not like it at all. 2= I kind of liked it. 3= It was a good story. 4= It was really good. 5= I loved the story a whole bunch. He rated it with a 3. When I asked him, what would have made him like it more he said, “I think it needs more detail and the pictures should be more like real life.” I’m not quite sure what he means by that, but I gave it four stars because it was a great story with a strong lesson and characters readers can admire. The questions at the end of the book were a good lead in to discuss the story, especially the ones that made my grandson think about his own dreams and how he could pursue them.