Erik, Abigail, and Tomato and Pea (YVM 32)
I have to say, that’s one of the most interesting blog headlines I’ve written! I’ve got two fantastic young people to introduce to you today, as well as a book review, so let’s get to it!
Erik Weibel is a kid who reviews books! He’s going on his third year blogging about reading, writing, and all things books at This Kid Reviews Books. Erik is 11 years old and also writes articles for the Upper Bucks Free Press. He also goes to school and does all the things a regular 11 year-old boy does. I get tired just thinking about all that! Erik’s reviews are plentiful (he posts several times a week), intelligent, and insightful. Here’s a snippet from his review of a 39 Clues book, Nowhere to Run, by Jude Watson:
I was hopeful that this series would start off well. I was not disappointed! Ms. Watson not only tied up things from the last series, she sets this series up to be another great Cahill adventure. Ms. Watson puts in a bunch of action, humor, and adventure into her books and tells a great story for kids. I thought the plot of this book was especially intense and exciting because of the new bad-guy, Pierce. Pierce is very cunning, smart, and absolutely diabolical.
Erik also writes his own stories. His first book, The Adventures of Tomato and Pea, Book 1: A Bad Idea, is available now! (My review follows below) As if all that wasn’t enough, Erik also finds time to spotlight other kids who are doing amazing things, which brings me to Abigail.
Abigail Brand is an 8 year-old girl who has been writing and publishing picture books for kids since she was 6! Erik has a terrific interview with her on his blog as a part of his Creative Kid Thursday meme. Not only is Abigail writing great stories for youngsters, she also donates a portion of the proceeds from her books to Natal Intensive Care Units (NICU) in hospitals in her area. She’s raised almost $900 in donations so far! You can find out more about Abigail and her books here at her website.
These two amazing kids are just more examples of how your voice matters! What doesn’t matter is how old you are, where you’re from, or whether you’re a boy or girl. What does matter is making your voice heard and having an effect on the world. Even if that effect only reaches one person, you have made a difference!
So, to wrap things up, here’s my review of The Adventures of Tomato and Pea, Book 1: A Bad Idea, by Erik Weibel
Erik Weibel may be 11 years old, but you’d never know it by the writing in his first story, The Adventures of Tomato and Pea. Told largely from the perspective of Pea, sidekick to the hero, Tomato, the writing is crisp and tight, with snappy dialog from all the characters that boys and girls alike from 7 to 14, and beyond, are sure to enjoy. Tomato, Pea, and most of the other characters are Smidges from the planet Oarg. They are very small, but don’t let their size fool you! Tomato wins a pleasure cruise aboard a spaceship, but it’s really the latest plot by his nemesis, Wintergreen, to take over the world. With names like these, you can imagine the fun inside this story. I look forward to seeing more from the talented Mr. Weibel!
Well done, Erik and Abigail both! How can you make your voice matter today? It can be something as simple as paying someone a compliment, or even just spreading smiles to those you meet. Little things add up to bigger things and can reach farther than you realize.