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By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: April 19, 2011

“Phil Drake has spent most of his working life as an editor and reporter at several newspapers and wire services in Southern California, Ohio and Montana. It has to be painfully obvious that this is his first book. He would write another but he can’t find the time because there is just too much good stuff on TV. He is a graduate of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and grew up in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Drake now lives in Montana with his dog, Pica, who serves as the brains of the outfit. They are both honorary Chubolians.”

TCBR: Fat Chance is a self-help book that tackles kids’ weight issues. From where did you draw your inspiration for this book?

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: April 15, 2011

Passover Books and Jewish Identity

Going on a Hametz Hunt
by Jacqueline Jules (Author), Richard E. Brown (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 1-4

Board book: 12 pages

Publisher: Kar-Ben Pub; Brdbk edition (September 2010)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: Little readers will have fun counting and rhyming with a brother and sister on a “hametz hunt” looking for breadcrumbs before the start of the Passover holiday.

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: April 15, 2011

Fans of Mythology and the Goddess Girls series will once again be thrilled to know that we have the next installment to giveaway. One lucky reader will be the winner of Athena the Wise signed by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams, plus a colorful Goddess Girls bracelet made by the authors. Giveaway begins April 15, 2011, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends May 13, 2011, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Reading Level: Ages 8-12

Paperback: 240 pages

By Luanne Hunt of LJ Gambone Agency, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: April 14, 2011


Children’s Author/humorist Phil Drake admits he was highly aggravated when someone referred to his new  book “Fat Chance” as a literary masterpiece.  While it may be one of the funniest and most uniquely empowering self-help books for kids ages 8 and up on the subject of body image and struggling with weight issues, Drake says, “It ain’t no “Moby Dick.”

Rest assured, the Montana native’s humble attitude is as real as his lifelong battle with trying to maintain a svelte physique for the purpose of fitting in and of course, health reasons (LOL!).  And it’s that humility which makes him the ideal mouthpiece for every young person who has ever been ridiculed or discriminated against for being overweight.