ROB D. WALKER BOOKS

 

MAMA SAYS HAS BLASTED OFF!!!!

Greetings. To all of my friends and fans, I want to say, I truly appreciate your love and support. MAMA SAYS (A Book Of Love For Mothers And Sons), my sophomore release has done exceptionally well and I owe it all to you. I have another wonderful book on the way. Below  are photos of the illustrators and I, Leo and Diane Dillon. These folks, 40 year veterans in the children's book business, are award winning illustrators. The photos below also show MAMA SAYS on display in the window at a Barnes & Nobles in Brooklyn (Court St.) This store has done an excellent job of helping promote and sell my book. 
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BOOK COURT BOOKSTORE - MOTHERS DAY READING AND SIGNING

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Prior to reading Mama Says at Book Court in Brooklyn, I took the opportunity to personally thank Master Illustrators and my new mentors / friends, Leo and Diane Dillon. I was extremely grateful for thier participation in this Mother Day event. It was an outstanding day. 

READING & SIGNING AT BOOK COURT BOOKSTORE. BROOKLYN

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READING AND SIGNING AT BOOK COURT. BROOKLYN N.Y.

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MOTHER'S DAY BOOK READING AND SIGNING

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On  MOTHER'S DAY, May 9th 2010, @ 11 a.m. , I will be reading and signing my  book "MAMA SAYS" at BOOK COURT. I will be joined by Legendary Children's Book Illustrators; Leo and Diane Dillon. It is an honor to share and event with these gift icons in the book publishing business. I ask for everyone available to come by and share your morning with us. We will begin at 11 a.m.
It should be a lot of fun. See you there.


The address is 163 Court Street (Bet. Pacific and Dean) 
Brooklyn New York   (718)- 875-3677
email; bookcourt@gmail.com
My email is youngtree40@yahoo.com
PASS IT ON PLEASE. THANKS

MAMA SAYS
Mama Says (A Book of Love for Mothers and Sons
On Sale at Barnes and Nobles / Borders Books / Amazon.com / Greenlight Bookstore 
& Book Court in Brooklyn
$
16.99    
 
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                                                Once Upon A Cloud

  Once Upon A Cloud $16.99      On Sale @  On Sale at Barnes and Nobles / Borders Books / Amazon.com / Greenlight Bookstore & Book Court in Brooklyn
Also on SALE @ Scholastic Bookstore in Soho

Reading & signing @ Borders Bookstore / Columbus Circle N.Y.

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Publishersweebly.com

 A sure-fire hit for Mother's Day, this elegantly designed book pairs a series of poems with stunning illustrations to celebrate the bond between mothers and sons. Identical in structure, each beginning with “Mama says,” the poems appear in English as well as another language (among these are Cherokee, Danish, Hebrew and Inuktitut). The verses are prosaic (“Mama says/ To be on time/ Mama says/ Be neat/ Mama says/ To walk with pride/ And never drag my feet”)--but only until the Caldecott Medal--winning Dillons create a greater context for them; in this case, they picture an African-American mother solemnly looking on as her son, carrying schoolbooks, stoically walks past angry white protestors. The illustrations, two per poem, are well-researched and lavish, showing mothers in traditional dress lovingly engaged with their sons. A visual notation connects each entry with a glossary of languages in the back. Even with the inclusion of very general religious precepts, the Dillons' breathtaking paintings and the quiet dignity of the poems merit a wide audience. All ages. (Apr.)
By Suzy Stiver Wildwood (Cross Plains, TX) 
Mama Says: A Book of Love for Mothers and Sons (Library Binding)In this gorgeous picture book for young ones, author Rob D. Walker and award-winning illustrators (Caldecott Medal, Coretta Scott King Award, et al.) Leon & Diane Dillon celebrate the universal love between mothers and sons in rhymes from around the world. Timeless virtues such as honesty, courage, and a caring heart are extolled in simple, rhythmic verse that rocks and soothes in lullaby tones: "Mama says be loving/Mama says be caring/Mama says you've done God's will/Every time you're sharing." Each rhyme is depicted in the script of its original language with the English translation mirrored alongside. Russian, Amharic, Danish, Korean, Japanese, Hindi, Quechua, Hebrew and Inuktitut are the languages represented. The text is crisp, the layouts are perfect, and the beautiful illustrations evoke eloquently the relationship between the mother of each nation and her young son. The words give voice to the spirit of each country and the corresponding costumes and scenery are rendered masterfully in naturalistic artwork that is splendidly evocative of culture and place. On the final page is a fabulous two-page group portrait of the boys now grown to manhood: "I listened to what Mama said/And now I am a man." 

There is a small patterned square at the bottom of each page corresponding to a key at the back of the book. The key is easy to understand and identifies the country as well as offering interesting information about its language. 
I heartily recommend MAMA SAYS for every preschool, elementary school and library, and for any personal collection. This book would be perfect for lap-sits and other children's reading programs, as well as for parents to enjoy with their children at home.
By Jewish Book World Magazine (New York, NY) 
Mama Says: A Book of Love for Mothers and Sons (Library Binding)Although this book has only one page that is nominally "Jewish," the theme of love between parent and child and desire to make the world a better place is profoundly Jewish. The illustrations are spectacular, with each one worthy of framing. To help identify the different ethnic groups in the story, the illustrators choose a particular piece of cloth with a distinctive design to represent each nationality. Cherokee, Russian, Amharic, Japanese, Hindi, Inuktituit, Hebrew, English, Korean, Arabic, Quechua, and Danish languages are all used to express the message of love each child is given by his mother. Although clothes and language distinguish each ethnicity, the artists refrained from stereotyping the people portrayed; however, the costumes of each character are more traditional than modern dress. The Japanese woman is wearing a kimono, the Native American is wearing deerskin, etc. This is a beautiful book that points out the wishes and teachings that people everywhere share with their children. Susan Dubin
By Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA) 
 Mama Says: A Book of Love for Mothers and Sons (Library Binding)"Mama Says" is a beautiful children's book of inspiring thoughts spoken from mothers to sons in twelve different languages and cultural settings. "Mama Says" is beautifully illustrated by award-winning artists Leo and Diane Dillon, with a small square of fabric as a symbol for each mother of each nationality on the lower left side of each page of sayings. In addition to the beautiful colorful illustrations of twelve different cultural backgrounds, each saying is also flawlessly presented in the appropriate language of the culture, alongside the English version. Thus we have not only a picture of another culture's background and traditions, we also get to see its actual script and written language. The languages and cultures presented include Cherokee, Russian, Amharic, Japanese, Hindi, Inuktitut, Hebrew, English, Korean, Arabic, Quechua, and Danish. Further enhancing the racial and cultural diversity, the English example shows a handsome young black boy with his mother, walking carrying books against a background of signshakers reading "hate." The English saying is "Mama says/To be on time/ Mama says/ Be neat/ Mama says/ To walk with pride/ And never drag my feet (p. 20)." The final two page illustration shows all twelve boys together, grown up, with hands on each others' shoulders. The saying is "I listened to what Mama said/ And now I am a man (p.29-30)." "Mama Says" is a children's book so compellingly moving and beautiful that it made me weep. Teaching children the strong underlying message of respect and honor for our diversity is stunningly accomplished in "Mama Says." Strongly recommended for ages preschool through second grade (3-8). 
Check out ALL MY REVIEW BY GOOGLING: Reviews for Rob Walker's Mama Says

COLOR ME TEES

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Introducing my new...COLOR ME TEES!!! These are original designs inspired by my books and collection of sketches compiled over the years. These wash and wear tee shirts have been an instant success in every school, and every event I have thrown over the past several months. These designs are very simple and creative...according to one Pre-School teacher who purchased a dozen shirts and design kits for her class out of her OWN POCKET!!!! I love art and writing. I literally have hundreds of designs ready to go. These are just a few. They may be ordered one at a time or as a wholesale order. Special price breaks for large orders. I also give price breaks to hospitals!!!!

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DESIGN : 2 WORLD CUP
Inside each bag is a white 100% cotton shirt with a screen printed image that matches the image on the front of the bag. Also inside are 6 squeeze bottles of fabric paint to design your tee. 

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DESIGNS : SAVE THE TREES
Inside each bag is a white 100% cotton shirt with a screen printed image that matches the image on the front of the bag. Also inside are 6 squeeze bottles of fabric paint to design your tee. 


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DESIGN : FISH DROP 
Inside each bag is a white 100% cotton shirt with a screen printed image that matches the image on the front of the bag. Also inside are 6 squeeze bottles of fabric paint to design your tee. 

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