The Adventures of Flapjack

The Adventures of Flapjack

The Collar of Courage

Children - Grade K-3rd
34 Pages
Reviewed on 04/20/2014
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Author Biography

The author, Dan Cohen was raised by wolves until he was 18. When his pack told him to get packing and fend for himself, he began a new life, but he never expected to be an author of children's books. Instead, he's been a state park dog patrol ranger, environmental administrator, managing attorney and pro-tem judge. His canine roots ran deep, and dogs have always been a big part of his life. When he and Flapjack found each other, there was an immediate connection which has evolved into a series of stories about the intrepid Aussie.
Much like the story, Flapjack was lost in a forest before being rescued and placed for adoption. Flapjack has such personality. He's positive, good natured and always ready to play.
One can only imagine what that experience must have been like for him. And that's exactly what Dan has done. He's used Flapjack as his muse and inspiration to write a series of children's stories that hopefully will help kids deal with many of life's ups and downs by engaging them in Flapjack's discussion with himself in the form of "...but I don't know why."
Dan's love of writing is second only to his devotion to his family which include his wife, Kim, two children and two grandchildren. Dan, Kim, and Flapjack reside in northern California.The author, Dan Cohen was raised by wolves until he was 18. When his pack told him to get packing and fend for himself, he began a new life, but he never expected to be an author of children's books. Instead, he's been a state park dog patrol ranger, environmental administrator, managing attorney and pro-tem judge. His canine roots ran deep, and dogs have always been a big part of his life. When he and Flapjack found each other, there was an immediate connection which has evolved into a series of stories about the intrepid Aussie.
Much like the story, Flapjack was lost in a forest before being rescued and placed for adoption. Flapjack has such personality. He's positive, good natured and always ready to play.
One can only imagine what that experience must have been like for him. And that's exactly what Dan has done. He's used Flapjack as his muse and inspiration to write a series of children's stories that hopefully will help kids deal with many of life's ups and downs by engaging them in Flapjack's discussion with himself in the form of "...but I don't know why."
Dan's love of writing is second only to his devotion to his family which include his wife, Kim, two children and two grandchildren. Dan, Kim, and Flapjack reside in northern California.The author, Dan Cohen was raised by wolves until he was 18. When his pack told him to get packing and fend for himself, he began a new life, but he never expected to be an author of children's books. Instead, he's been a state park dog patrol ranger, environmental administrator, managing attorney and pro-tem judge. His canine roots ran deep, and dogs have always been a big part of his life. When he and Flapjack found each other, there was an immediate connection which has evolved into a series of stories about the intrepid Aussie.
Much like the story, Flapjack was lost in a forest before being rescued and placed for adoption. Flapjack has such personality. He's positive, good natured and always ready to play.
One can only imagine what that experience must have been like for him. And that's exactly what Dan has done. He's used Flapjack as his muse and inspiration to write a series of children's stories that hopefully will help kids deal with many of life's ups and downs by engaging them in Flapjack's discussion with himself in the form of "...but I don't know why."
Dan's love of writing is second only to his devotion to his family which include his wife, Kim, two children and two grandchildren. Dan, Kim, and Flapjack reside in northern California.The author, Dan Cohen was raised by wolves until he was 18. When his pack told him to get packing and fend for himself, he began a new life, but he never expected to be an author of children's books. Instead, he's been a state park dog patrol ranger, environmental administrator, managing attorney and pro-tem judge. His canine roots ran deep, and dogs have always been a big part of his life. When he and Flapjack found each other, there was an immediate connection which has evolved into a series of stories about the intrepid Aussie.
Much like the story, Flapjack was lost in a forest before being rescued and placed for adoption. Flapjack has such personality. He's positive, good natured and always ready to play.
One can only imagine what that experience must have been like for him. And that's exactly what Dan has done. He's used Flapjack as his muse and inspiration to write a series of children's stories that hopefully will help kids deal with many of life's ups and downs by engaging them in Flapjack's discussion with himself in the form of "...but I don't know why."
Dan's love of writing is second only to his devotion to his family which include his wife, Kim, two children and two grandchildren. Dan, Kim, and Flapjack reside in northern California.The author, Dan Cohen was raised by wolves until he was 18. When his pack told him to get packing and fend for himself, he began a new life, but he never expected to be an author of children's books. Instead, he's been a state park dog patrol ranger, environmental administrator, managing attorney and pro-tem judge. His canine roots ran deep, and dogs have always been a big part of his life. When he and Flapjack found each other, there was an immediate connection which has evolved into a series of stories about the intrepid Aussie.
Much like the story, Flapjack was lost in a forest before being rescued and placed for adoption. Flapjack has such personality. He's positive, good natured and always ready to play.
One can only imagine what that experience must have been like for him. And that's exactly what Dan has done. He's used Flapjack as his muse and inspiration to write a series of children's stories that hopefully will help kids deal with many of life's ups and downs by engaging them in Flapjack's discussion with himself in the form of "...but I don't know why."
Dan's love of writing is second only to his devotion to his family which include his wife, Kim, two children and two grandchildren. Dan, Kim, and Flapjack reside in northern California.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite

The Adventures of Flapjack: The Collar of Courage by Dan Cohen is about a dog named Flapjack, who is being bullied. Flapjack loves going to the big green park where he can play with his friends, but there's one dog that he hopes will stay away and that's a bully. You see, the bully is the meanest dog around. He picks on Flapjack and his friends and they don't know why. When Flapjack hides behind a garbage can to get away from the bully he feels ashamed, but his mom tells him about the collar of courage and takes him to buy one. Will the collar of courage help Flapjack find the courage to stand up to a bully?

The Collar of Courage is the second installment in The Adventures of Flapjack by Dan Cohen. It deals with the subject of bullying and how one little dog finds the courage to stand up to the bully in order to protect himself and his friends. Bright, colorful illustrations capture the eye as well as the imagination, bringing the story to life, allowing the reader to imagine the fear and shame that Flapjack felt but also how proud he was when he did the right thing. Written in rhyming prose, the story flows well and is easy to read. The perfect pairing of words and pictures brings the story to life in such a way that I can just imagine youngsters will be reading along in no time at all.

While fear of bullying is the major theme of the story, it's also about finding courage, doing the right thing, and the importance of knowing that your parents are always there to help. I love how the author allows the parents to take such a positive role in helping Flapjack deal with his fears. No matter what, they were always there for him. As a dog lover I found this story a delightful read. While filled with the challenges that children often face, it is also filled with positive messages that will help them overcome those challenges! This book would make a wonderful addition to any library. On a scale of one to five I would give this book a six because it is just that good. I only hope that Flapjack has many more tail wagging adventures to share.