I’m delighted to pop onto your blog to talk about my new novel ROOSEVELT BANKS, GOOD-KID-IN-TRAINING, published in January by Red Chair Press (distributed by Lerner).
When ten-year-old Roosevelt Banks discovers that his two best friends are planning a bike and camping trip, he wants more than anything to go along. There’s just one problem―he doesn’t have a bike. Roosevelt’s parents agree to buy him a bike if he can manage to be good for two whole weeks. How can Roosevelt be good and be the same fun guy his friends want on the camping trip? Trying to be good leads to more trouble than expected―and to the discovery that being a good friend is more important than any bicycle.
THREE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ROOSEVELT
1.His parents are American history professors, which explains the family’s penchant for presidential names. Roosevelt’s full name is Roosevelt Theodore Banks. His younger sister is Kennedy Johanna Banks, and their dog is named Millard Fillmore.
2. He writes and illustrates his own stories to express his emotions. When he finds out that his two best friends are going off on a bike/camping trip without him, his reaction is to write a story in which the two boys are almost eaten by a bear – that is until Roosevelt comes to the rescue.
3. Roosevelt is a big-hearted prankster. He wreaks havoc wherever he goes, but that comes from a desire to please his friends and make them laugh.
THREE THINGS ROOSEVELT HATES
1.Most of the fun things there are to do in the world are exactly the same things that will get a kid into trouble. Not fair!
2. His desk chair isn’t on wheels and doesn’t swivel. It would be a lot more fun if it did. Just saying.
3. Lima beans, especially when paired with turkey meatloaf. Even Millard Fillmore won’t eat lima beans, and he eats socks (the dog, not the president).
Debbie Palen’s illustrations are a delight, and Kirkus praised the books for its broad humor and nuanced friendships.
Here is Darlene’s review: In order to go on a bike trip with his best friends Tommy and Josh, Roosevelt Banks needs a bike. Soon, or Eddie Spaghetti will take his spot on the trip. His parents agree to get him a bike if he can keep out of trouble for two weeks. No pranks, no horsing around, and no calls from the principal. Trying to be a good-kid-in-training is harder than Roosevelt ever imagined.
Kids will enjoy the fast-paced action and zany mis-adventures of Roosevelt as he tries to live up to his promise and stay out of trouble. They will also enjoy the things he learns along the way. The delightful pen and ink drawings add another level of humor and fun to the tale. Destined to be a classroom favorite.
Laurie Calkhoven has never swallowed a frog, knocked over a rabbit hutch, or sung too loud in music class, but she is the author of more than 50 books for young readers. Recent titles include the G.I. Dog series, and You Should Meet Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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