Saturday, January 20, 2007
From Peanuts to the Pressbox
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
by Eli Gold
Summery: A behind the scenes look at the life of
a person who worked their way up from a nobody in
the Biz to someone who rubs elbows with everyone
famous in sports. Eli started out as a kid in Brooklyn
selling Peanuts at the Garden to one of the most
notable voices in radio.
John says: I was a little hesitant to read the book at
first for the intro said this was a really famous person
and I had never heard of him. It made me think for I
thought I knew a lot about sports and to not recognize
the name gave me the impression he was just trying
to cash in on who he knew.
After reading it however, I was impressed. I learned
a lot and understand how it is just about as hard for
a person like him to make it in the field as it is a kid
who slams a good ball at our local High School. I liked
the fact the story was told from the heart and was light
and even funny and was very easy to relate to. Better
yet I loved all the inside details of what they really do
and I realized it isn't just something every guy would like
to do but a real job. He also rubbed elbows with a lot of
who's who in the sports world and though I thought that
would be a reason I didn't like the book the way he told
it made it a reason I liked it even more!
I say home-run!
Michelle says; Well I didn't know anything about sports
going into the book and now that I read the book I still
don't like sports but I did like the story. It is one of
those touching heart felt jobs that have you rooting
for the little guy and if that is how sports fans feel when
routing for their team I can relate a little better! I loved
the struggle to the top and it makes me nostalgic for a
time in American history when hard work paid off!
I don't know any cute sport cliche's to add like John
did but I say it was a good read for even people who
don't follow the game. It would also make a great gift!
Dude-The Book of Crazy, Immature Stuff
Written & Designed by Mickey and Cheryl Gill
Pages are not numbered
Summery: A book jammed packed full of
ideas, jokes, ways to pass the time and
loads of useless information to pass the
Mom Says: When I saw the book I knew my son
would love it. Not because I thought it was his
taste in books but because of the name alone.
Crazy Immature Stuff, why that smacks of teenage
boys and what would amuse them. When I went
through it I realized it has some pretty darn useful
information and they phrase it in a smart alecky
teenage way and I can really see the attraction. Now
relax Mom and Dad the book is harmless and does
nothing to instill bad manors and you will still recognize
your angel once he has read this. Nothing in the book
is rude or will encourage trouble it is more of a busy
book filled with loads of harmless things to do and
loads of trivia. They might even learn something
without realizing it! The part I really liked is they
highlight things kids don't like and give you funny
ways to deal with them like the chore avoidance
checklist but it also give them a feeling of the other
side of the coin by asking them what they would do
if they were in charge. A kind of make you think, shoe
on the other foot deal.
My final word-I really loved it and think it would be
great for boys aged 8-18.
Teen says: I really liked this book a lot more then the
last book I reviewed. That book was like a self help
this is like looking at your self in the mirror and some
of the crazy thoughts that go through my head. It is a
boredom buster and I keep mine in the living room for
when I am once again forever waiting for my mother to
be ready to leave instead of twiddling my thumbs I just
flip through this. Some parts are pretty darn funny and
some of the things they have in here I write down any
ways and this just gives me a cool place to put it so
I don't have to bust my hand with too much writing. I can
see some of my younger cousins ready it and I got into
it but I am not sure how many guys older them me would
admit to reading it. I am also a sucker for books like
Mom says I need to add a final word so mine is -Pretty
Cool, but if you have a sister hide it for she could use
some of the stuff against you!
Written & Designed by Mickey and Cheryl Gill
No page count
Summery: Aguided Dairy that has pages
to jot down ideas and thoughts with
suggestions on how to fill it!
Mom Says: This is like the other Dude book in the
sense it is filled with lots of fun facts and things
to do! The thing I found cute is the lock on the
cover but I am not sure what Andrew will think of it.
This would make a great busy book for the car or any
place where they might be bored other wise or if you
have a child that is artsy or just likes to read. I thought
it would make a great gift for a boy who you really have
no idea what their tastes are for I don't think you could
go wrong with this. It has something for everyone. I really
liked that it promotes creativity and I could really see
this being a huge hit for a child aged 7-12 and would
keep them busy for a long time.
My final word- Loved it, perfect gift and perfect to buy
yourself a little peace and slow down a busy boy!
Teen Says: Dude! it says Dairy on the cover! That
is a hard thing to get past. I got to give them props
though for if you have the guts to open it the book
was pretty book and a lot like the other one if you
forget the lock. This one gives you more space to
write things and more activities and not as many
bits of trivia but you can tell they are by the same
guy, or Dude! I liked it but would never have bought
it if I had seen the title first. The other book is more
appealing when you look at the cover this one gave
me the Heebie Jeebies at the word Dude. Okay, I
will fess up, I had some fun messing with the lock
but if my friends ever knew I would not hear the end
of it. My Cousins would really like the whole deal
though, name and all. For me if the cover wasn't there
I would take it to school with me for something to do
when I was bored for the front off all my folders are
all filled up and this is great for the kinds of stuff I
draw and write there. Cool Designs though.
My Final Word- Love the content, hate the name.
Wish it were more notebook sized so it was more easy
to write in but I will use it.