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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!
What is your preferred genre to read? and to write?
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!
I am also a great fan of travel books, cookbooks, and art books. I love to see beyond my immediate environment and look for the beauty and commonalities between myself and other places. I get tired of eating the same thing over and over, so cookbooks offer me new ideas and taste treats. My mother was an artist who painted in oils. I have also travelled to many places in the world and enjoy seeing the diversity of art and architecture.
As a child and young adult, I loved stories with dogs and horses. My three favorites are, Misty of Chincoteague, Call of the Wild, and Old Yeller. All three made me cry but also gave me a deep understanding of the value of a life well lived using the journeys of two animals I love most, dogs and horses. I also loved short stories. Those written by Guy de Maupassant.
As an author, I prefer to write children’s picture story books. I truly feel a picture is worth a thousand words and can grab the reader and keep them turning the pages until the end of the story. I particularly focus on making sure my illustrations artistically, and realistically, interpret the words in the text. I like my stories to carry an uplifting theme that all can relate to and hopefully inspire the reader. All four of my picture story books are based on my life journey and the influential family members who guided, nurtured, and inspired me. We all are born with the potential for greatness and have a special place waiting for us in the world. There are many connections between the beautiful and majestic trees in our world, to our individual ‘family trees.’ Just as trees sprout from a tiny nut seed we too, carry a tiny little nut seed within. It houses our hopes and dreams and passions. I want to write only encouraging words, to inspire children to follow their dreams and passions on their life journey of self-discovery to find their special place in the world. Our family trees are so important in our journeys. They feed this tree within us, and through their support and encouragement this tiny little nut seed of dreams and passions will sprout and grow mighty just like the buckeye trees in my stories, and all trees in the world.
“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.”
-Kristin Anderson Cetone
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.