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Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite
Tales from Bombast's Bookshelf by Steve Michael Reedy is a collection of stories for children and dare I say for adults as well? For those who have lost their way in life and are looking to rediscover their path, this title comes highly recommended. There are six stories in all, some shorter and some longer, all of which can be read at bedtimes, storytimes, teachable moments—actually any time of day or night would suffice. I say this because the messages provided in each story are common sense that is really needed in society. I appreciated the way the author expands our viewpoints and helps us understand that the way we see life, our perceptions of how life “should be,” are sometimes downright silly. This book allowed me to laugh at myself and appreciate another’s point of view. And all from a children’s book?
The poetry reminds me of Dr. Seuss's style of writing, but the gentle messages are much more. We learn about leadership, of giving, of caring for others, of sharing, and many other important facets that help strengthen the world in which we live. The targeted audience (young children), of course, needs to learn these things as guidance for growing up. However, the stories provide important reminders for everyone living today on planet Earth. Here. Today. Ages zero to 119 can benefit from the wit and wisdom, the humor and honor portrayed in each tale. It is uncommon to read a book such as Tales from Bombast's Bookshelf by Steve Michael Reedy. But if you take the time to read and ponder for yourself, you may find your mind and spirit turning child-like again. Books like these are why I love reading!