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  • Posted June 11, 2010

    Dance with Klutzy Kantor

    Children will relate to this adorable character, Klutzy Kantor, as he falls and trips on every page. The themes of friendship, training hard to achieve a goal, and a desire to improve are wonderful lessons for kids to learn as they follow his quest to become graceful.

    Ms. Kennedy's humor throughout this delightful book will tickle kid's funny bones everywhere. They'll have so much fun they won't realize that they're learning great life lessons. They'll be rooting for Kantor to outwit the leprechaun, Cobbledom McSweeney, and get his wish granted.

    The riddles found in this book are an added challenge to young and old minds alike. As a retired teacher I can imagine children in classrooms frantically raising their hands with their imaginative answers to these riddles.

    Sing and dance with Klutzy Kantor on the trailer that goes with this book.

    Jack Foster, a talented illustrator, has used vibrant colors that are full of fun and movement to portray this story. Kids will laugh along with his cute, loveable characters.

    I recommend J.Aday Kennedy's book, Klutzy Kantor, for home and school libraries.

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

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    Amusing with delightful illustrations

    Kantor is a young, clumsy, flying horse who keeps crashing into and tripping over things. But one thing he is good at is solving riddles. When he says that he wishes he weren't so clumsy, his friend, Agra - an old flying horse - tells him that the leprechaun, Cobbledom McSweeney, will grant a wish to anyone who defeats him in a battle of wits. Kantor sets off to find the leprechaun who asks him to solve a riddle about four ants. But Kantor has to be careful, because the riddle is not all that it seems. This is an amusing story with delightful illustrations that are sure to keep children entertained. I very much liked the character of Cobbledom McSweeney and was highly entertained when Kantor crashed into him as he sat atop his rainbow, causing them both to slide down the rainbow and land right in Cobbledom's pot of gold! A charming story which illustrates the benefits of developing the talents that each one of us has and also shows that lying doesn't pay in the end.

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  • Posted May 24, 2010

    Klutzy Kantor

    No, the book isn't about a cantor who sings in a synagogue even though "klutz" was originally a Yiddish term for a clumsy person. Kantor is the name of a pegasus, or winged horse. (I wonder if Kennedy thought of the name because horses canter?)
    Klutzy Kantor is a cute book and the main character's awkwardness causes some incidents that will make little kids laugh. But Kantor is also smart and, with the help of his friends and a little magic, determines to find a way to put an end to his clumsiness.
    Although the book is fun, it's also educational. The author uses some advanced vocabulary, but the meaning is obvious from the context so children will learn new words. There's also a challenging riddle that will make youngsters think.
    The illustrations by Jack Foster are charming and do an excellent job of capturing the feeling of the story. I think lots of children will enjoy Klutzy Kantor.

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