Upside Down Mr. Brown

Neighborhood Pond

Children - Grade K-3rd
50 Pages
Reviewed on 09/04/2016
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Author Biography

Shelley Westbrook is an art and media specialist with a passion for books.

Shelley began working in media as a clerk with the Orange County Library System where she instantly migrated to the children’s department. There, she began creating visual displays to enhance the department and attract new readers. She found herself immersed in wonderful stories and sharing them with young patrons.

Her favorite time of the day was, of course, story time!

She loved seeing children transported, through their imaginations, to the wonderful and unique places the stories would take them. Her gift is to truly make a story come to life. She does this through many avenues, visually recreating the experience and completely engaging her audience.

Mrs. Westbrook has currently authored a series of whimsical books. The first one, UPSIDE DOWN MR. BROWN. has been well received and even earned her
a finalist position in the ROYAL PALMS LITERARY AWARDS FOR 2015. This is a huge accomplishment as it was judged solely on text. Her Illustrations are simple and childlike, full of vibrant watercolor. Mrs. Westbrook aspires to develop lifelong readers. She has created special art and crafts to accompany each of her stories.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite

Upside Down Mr. Brown (Neighborhood Pond), written and illustrated by Shelley Westbrook, is a cute, colorful children’s book about morals and character. Mr. Brown was an unhappy fellow. He would lie, catch flies, and stir up the hornet's nest. Mr. Brown knew that he behaved badly and appeared to be proud of it. He was mean, rude, and always had a negative attitude. His karma was so dark that a black cloud followed him wherever he went. One day, Mr. Brown experienced an unfortunate mishap that made him change not only his attitude, but his outlook on life and how he treated others.

I enjoyed Upside Down Mr. Brown, because I envisioned reading it to a group of children. Shelley Westbrook shows that one's attitude can affect not only us as individuals, but those around us. Something as simple as a smile or a kind word speaks volumes. Upside Down Mr. Brown teaches that our behavior and character display who we are and it can take a defining moment to turn things around. Shelley Westbrook says, “Sometimes you may have to see yourself with your very own eyes so that you can realize your imperfections. If you care, and that's not so rare, you can change your beginning, and write yourself a whole new ending.” How do you treat others? What do you see through your own eyes? How will your story end? Pick up Upside Down Mr. Brown (Neighborhood Pond) by Shelley Westbrook today.

Kimberly Meyers

My favorite kids book!