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A great review for How To Cheer Up Dad from The Bulletin

Little Jumbo is baffled by his dad’s insistence on adding raisins to breakfast and his forgetting that Little Jumbo doesn’t like brown overalls, and the little guy is further unclear as to why his then shooting the aforementioned raisins at the ceiling or running around the neighborhood sans pants causes Dad to be upset. After […]

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A Star from Kirkus!

How To Cheer Up Dad has nabbed its second starred review, this time from Kirkus, the notoriously exclusive review company. This is reason to celebrate! In Koehler’s picture-book debut, Little Jumbo repeatedly tries the patience of his dad but then does his best to make everything better. Before the story starts, readers know that Dad […]

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How To Cheer Up Dad Receives First Starred Review!

The American Library Association’s Booklist has given How to Cheer Up Dad a starred review in the March edition. Woot! Woot! The expressive illustrations set the tone for this story demonstrating filial challenges and ongoing love. From the book jacket onward, Little Jumbo, a lively young elephant, is into or on top of everything, including […]

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Publisher’s Weekly Review of How to Cheer Up Dad

A spirited elephant is on a mission to improve his father’s mood—after having sorely tested his patience—in Koehler’s jaunty and smartly constructed debut. Dad’s day starts off badly when he puts raisins in Little Jumbo’s oatmeal. “He should have known what a mess that would make,” reads Koehler’s sly text, as Little Jumbo pea-shoots raisins […]

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