Rudy and Cirrus of Karma

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In this rhyming picture book, a mischievous boy named Rudy comes across a mysterious creature after he falls into a sinkhole. He is granted 3 wishes and how he uses them will determine his fate—or will they? Things have changed for Rudy but he's not so sure it's for the better. He discovers a world where no one is home, his brother and sister are monsters, and his only hope is a creature named Cirrus.

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Overview

In this rhyming picture book, a mischievous boy named Rudy comes across a mysterious creature after he falls into a sinkhole. He is granted 3 wishes and how he uses them will determine his fate—or will they? Things have changed for Rudy but he's not so sure it's for the better. He discovers a world where no one is home, his brother and sister are monsters, and his only hope is a creature named Cirrus.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Denise Daley
Rudy is a real trouble maker. He lies, cheats, and steals. He doesn't care when he makes his sister cry and he doesn't even show appreciation when his brother spends the entire night cleaning his room for him. When Mom shows the kids a green antique vase she just brought home, she asked everyone to be very careful near it. Of course, Rudy carelessly knocks it over and it smashes into a million tiny pieces. Sadly, Rudy doesn't even care. Not only does he lie and blame the damage on his brother and sister, he also smiles when he thinks he's gotten away with it. While off running an errand Rudy falls into a big hole in the ground. As he tries to claw his way out he finds a vase just like the one he recently broke. Amazingly, a cloud named "Cirrus of Karma" emerges from the vase and offers Rudy three wishes. Rudy's first two wishes were predictable but his third wish, to make the scary kids go away, has surprising results. Some younger children may have difficulty understanding the deeper concepts presented in this picture book, but other kids will hopefully learn the values of honesty by not doing what Rudy does. The colorful and glossy full-size illustrations add to the appeal of this book. Reviewer: Denise Daley
Midwest Book Review
Wishes can be quite powerful things. "Rudy and Cirrus of Karma" is an engaging children's picture book telling the story of Rudy who finds he has three wishes from a creature called Cirrus and he's uncertain if he's used those wishes well. A thoughtful read of trying to make the world a better place, "Rudy and Cirrus of Karma" is both written and illustrated by R. M. Smith and tells a good story with a powerful message.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780578052359
  • Publisher: Clarence-Henry Books
  • Publication date: 11/15/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

R. M. Smith works full-time as a graphic artist and illustrator with over 16 years of experience in online and print media. He is also the author and illustrator of An A to Z Walk in the Park--an animal alphabet book which depicts over 200 animals in an easy to identify-and-connect format.
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  • Posted July 28, 2011

    Rudy, you knucklehead!

    This is a fun adventure involving a genie-like character named Cirrus who grants Rudy 3 wishes. It starts out with Rudy making a mess of things with his brother and sister but he comes to grips after his third wish. My kids and I really had fun letting Rudy have it. We thought his family was a little soft on him but I don't want to spoil it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2011

    A must read for kids

    I personally thought this book was very well thought out and had a great underlying message for children. Rudy and Cirrus of Karma teaches children reasoning and that your actions do have consequences.

    I read this to my daughters and they loved the book as well. The illustrations kept there attention along with the story line. They were easily able to relate to rudy and reflect back on the times when they lied,stole from their sister etc...After finishing up the book I always have them summarize and tell me what they learned from the book and they were able to break it down just fine and got the moral of the story as well. They have asked me twice in the same day already to re-read the book to them

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    Wonderfully written

    Rudy is a bully of an older brother who likes to hassle his little brother and sister, Eddie and Lily. After breaking a family heirloom vase he blames Eddie and Lily and gets sent on an errand by his mom. During this errand Rudy meets a mysterious creature named Cirrus who alters his attitude toward his siblings. The story is told in straight rhyme and is easy to read. It's a fast-paced adventure that doesn't let up until Rudy is safely back in the company of his family. The simple yet effective illustrations enhance the story without overwhelming. The book provides a nice message of treating others as you'd like to be treated. Kids will enjoy the odd situations Rudy falls into and how he surprisingly escapes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2011

    Illegible - Response

    My apologies DustinM. I was led to believe the Nook adjusts to landscape automatically. I added flowing text so now it is scalable and legible. The file is uploaded and should be ready by 02/26/2010. I hope this helps.

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    Posted October 12, 2010

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