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Book Title: Buckaroo Buckeye: A Little Nut with Big Dreams
Author: Kristin Anderson Cetone
Illustrator: Nadia Komorova
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 36 pages
Genre: Friendship, Social Skills & School Life, Bullies, Growing Up & Facts of Life
Publisher: KLAC Enterprises, LLC
Release date: September 1, 2012
Tour dates: May 21 to June 15, 2018
Content Rating: G
Winner of the Mom’s Choice Silver and OneBookAZ Awards!
There’s a new cowboy in town! Hit the trail with Buckaroo Buckeye, a lovable little nut who falls from his tree in Ohio, as he dodges the bumps and bullies along the way in a magical journey to find his true place in the world.
Created by Reading Specialist Kristin Cetone, Buckaroo Buckeye teaches children 4-8 to: • Learn to ignore bullies
• Improve their self-esteem
• Connect with reading
• “Dream, Believe and Achieve” no matter their size!
Your child will be inspired by Buckaroo’s determination in this touching story with unforgettable characters illustrated by Nadia Komorova. Get yours today!
Buckaroo Buckeye grew out of author Kristin Anderson Cetone’s imagination and joy of reading.
Born in Dayton, Ohio, she traveled many miles before putting down roots in the Arizona desert. Influenced by family, education, life experiences, and a desire to teach others, Mrs. Cetone discovered her purpose—just like Buckaroo Buckeye did.
Her true calling and passion is writing and helping others become successful readers. She created Buckaroo to encourage children to believe in themselves and follow their dreams while dodging the bumps and bullies along the way. Reading will help guide the way. Being a Reading Specialist, she has also created Nuts About Reading™ an informal, supplemental, online reading service. She shares her insights and suggestions to help parents strengthen their children’s reading process and become successful readers.
Her joy now is to inspire and help kids to find the Buckaroo Buckeye in themselves.
Read on to learn more from the author
and to enter the Giveaway associated with this tour!
What is your book based on?
I am a character in my book. This story is based on MY life journey. The little girl who picks up Buckaroo is me.
There are many books out there about life journey’s and life lessons…. What makes yours different?
I think the difference with my ‘universal’ theme is the uniqueness and cuteness of the main character. I think the use of a tiny little buckeye nut seed represents how many of us are made to feel in life…small and overlooked, teased, and discouraged. I especially relate this to my own experiences as a Reading Specialist, where I interacted with many young children who struggled to read. They had low self-esteem, and many were bullied. They felt worthless and discouraged. As they rose above the bumps and bullies through reading success, their self-doubts receded, and they felt their hopes and dreams were achievable!
There is only one main character in my story and his story was easy to connect to me and my life journey. My three characters in my sequels were also easy to write as they directly relate to three very influential female members of my own family. The hardest part was coming up with my character names, since they are buckeye nuts, and giving them human experiences.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
The days of the old Wild West. I would love to live on a ranch with horses of my own to ride.
If you were stuck on a deserted island, which 3 books would you want with you?
The Bible, a romance, adventure/mystery/detective novel, and the children’s book by Dom DeLuise, entitled, Charlie the Caterpillar.
I like to read a variety of genres. Romance with a healthy dose of mystery and action and adventure tops my list. Authors who offer a series of titles such as Nora Roberts and Sue Grafton are my favorites. Nora Roberts was the first author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. I admire her perseverance as her romantic novels were repeatedly rejected but she never gave up. She has had 124 books on the New York Times Best Seller List. Much to admire! Another author of romance, mystery, and action is Sue Grafton. She is known for her ‘detective’ novels. She sprinkled romance in amongst her mysteries. Though she wrote many novels, I like her ‘alphabet series’ the most. She maintains the same central detective character throughout all her series, which allows the reader to really feel like you know how this character thinks in solving the mysteries. I find myself as the reader, trying to put the hints together to see if I can solve the mystery before the end of the book!
“Success comes from a tiny ‘seed’ within each of us. This tiny seed contains our hopes and dreams and passions in life. When we receive encouragement and nourishment from family, culture, education, and life experiences, the seed will sprout and grow mighty, and rise above the bumps and bullies and setbacks along the way.
Discouraging words…discourage dreams,
Encouraging words…sprout dreams,
Parents plant the seeds.”