Johnny Big-Ears

The Feel-Good Friend

Children - Preschool
32 Pages
Reviewed on 01/09/2012
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Author Biography

John Paul Padilla was born in December 11, in Los Angeles, California. He was raised in several cities within the state, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and is currently residing in the Central Valley of California, working full time, as an office administrator, while promoting his work. Upon graduating high school, he continued his schooling at Cal State Stanislaus University with the intent of becoming an elementary school teacher to teach third graders! In 1994, he started taking dance lessons at Backstage Dance Academy of Dance in Turlock. He danced with Backstage Dance Academy, for 14 years. In 1992, John Paul began modeling as a freelance model for fashion shows in the San Joaquin and Stanislaus areas of the central valley of California, for about 4 years, off and on. November 2003, his First book, "Wings to Cross an Ocean” was released out in the market. This was a book filled with words to lift your spirits, food for thought, and motivation to change for the better. In August 2009, his first children’s book, “Johnny Big Ears, The Feel Good Friend” for children ages 4 and 10, was released. The book was inspired by his childhood experiences growing up and being teased in school. John Paul is currently going around promoting the message of saying, “No, To Teasing and Bullying “, alongside his mascot Johnny Big-Ears. Coming this year in 2012, his second children’s book,“Johnny Big-Ears,Meets His New Neighbor Suzy“, will be out.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite

Johnny Big Ears get his name because, well, he has big ears. But it is OK because he has long curly hair and his family love him and his curly hair and don’t mind his big ears at all. But now that he is old enough to go to school, he doesn’t know what his school friends will say about his ears.

Well, it seemed to be going well until recess time, and that is when some of the kids in class started teasing him and calling him names in front of everyone. Being the first time Johnny had been teased, he wasn’t sure how to act, so he tried to ignore them and think of good things his mom had told him, but it was just too much for him and he began to cry. But then something good happened. Johnny Big Ears met a new friend, and guess what his name is? Well, you need to read the book to find out, and to find out what happens with Johnny and his new friend. And what happened to the bullies who were teasing Johnny? You can read all of that and more in this wonderful book.

I love this book because it teaches children that it is OK to be different. I have witnessed so many children working in public schools and at church being bullied that it is wonderful to see a book so well-written just for those special children. This story is fun, exciting and easy to read and the illustrations set the mood for the story really well. The characters are fun to look at and the colors give a warm feeling. And Johnny’s hair is so adorable, even after his mom had it cut.

This book is a must for public, school and church libraries. And if your child is one that is being bullied buy others, I highly recommend that you purchase this book for your home library.

Daniel Perez

Johnny Big Ears in an absolute "must-have" book for responsible parents whose kids have been teased and or bullied at school or in any setting. It is lso a great tool for professional in the education, psychology, therapy fields, and even for the general person wanting to make a difference in the life of a child. Johnny Big Ears is a much needed, fresh, cool book to help kids confront this growing, hidden enemy of Teasing and Bullying which as taken so many lives and caused so many self esteem problems. BUY YOURS TODAY, you will absolutely love this great boox!

Eva McHenry

A MUST READ for all children, and adults. This book brings awareness to a big problem in our society, and depicts the struggles of a little boy trying to deal with it. I highly recommend this book to all parent, schools, churches, daycare, and anyone who cares about children.