"John Olive writes just as he tells stories, gently and humorously, as he teaches us this lost art. In a world where we are up to our eyeballs in technology, this book is a must for parents who want to preserve their child’s humanityas well as their own."
LOUIS SACHAR, author of Holes andSideways Stories From Wayside School
"Although basically intended as an instructional primer on oral storytelling, Tell Me a Story in the Dark: A Guide to Creating Magical Bedtime Stories for Young Children has an important relevance for aspiring authors seeking to create and write entertaining and original stories for children of all ages and is therefore very highly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library Writing/Publishing as well as Parenting instructional reference collections."
MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
"The re-tellings of both familiar tales and Olive's own originals are vivid, lively and noticeably theatrical, which helps demonstrate what sets them apart from reading the same stories out of a book." MINNESOTA PLAYLIST
"Practical, fun tips from a master storyteller. Bedtime with my child is so much better after reading this book!" ANTONIO SACRE, national storyteller and author ofMy Name is Cool
"An eminently readable and very fun book about an extremely important subject for families that can make all the difference in a child’s life, now and in the future." BILL RATNER, Hollywood voiceover artist and author of Parenting for the Digital Age
"John Olive's charming guide is intended for anyone wishing to entertain a child with a bedtime story. He inspires the storyteller in all of us with assurances that we can do this. His step-by-step process will have you ready and waiting to tuck a little one into bed. Olive will have you equipped to bond with your child and have a tiny listener hanging on your every word, image, and sound effect." MEL RYANE, author of Teaching Will: What Shakespeare and 10 Kids Gave Me That Hollywood Couldn't
"As a retired developmental psychologist who spent years working with kids and parents, I have to say [John's] new book is a breath of fresh air and wisdom. [John's] well thought out and beautifully written book should be on every parent's bookshelf. Kudos...for sharing this big idea so well." SIG FURY, retired developmental psychologist