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The Children’s Book Review | May 22, 2017
A Great Drama, Guaranteed to Delight Young Readers
“Theodore Jerome Cohen’s colorful picture book story, Pepe Builds a Nest, deals with complex issues that all young children must face: bullying and making choices. An informative way of teaching valuable life lessons.”
—Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite
Pepe Builds a Nest
It’s been five years since Dr. Theodore J. (Ted) Cohen first stepped into the 2nd grade class of a Newtown, PA, grade school and talked about his adventures in Antarctica more than five decades earlier. But time had not dulled his memories of the hours he spent on the islands off the coast of the North Antarctic Peninsula performing geological surveys in support of a graduate student from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During their breaks, it was not unusual for the two men to sit on the side of one of the many penguin rookeries that could be found in the area, there to watch the comings and goings of the birds and the mischief they got into. At the heart of most of their “arguments” was the theft of stones from one another’s nests! Tales of the fights that broke out never fail to amuse the children in Ted’s classroom audiences, and so, he decided to capture these events in his new children’s book, Pepe Builds a Nest.
“I wanted the book to be something more than just an amusing tale about what happens when one penguin steals another’s nest stones,” said Cohen. “So, in the book, the one doing the stealing is a bully. And its Pepe and his friends who eventually must stand up to him. But they do it in a way that brings Pepe and the bully together as friends. It’s a good lesson for children to learn about how to resolve problems like this.”
Other books by Cohen include The Road Less Taken, Books 1 and 2 (short stories) as well as the Detective Louis Martelli, NYPD, mystery/thriller series. The latter includes Wheel of Fortune, a book about New York City mob influence in southeastern Pennsylvania; Eighth Circle: A Special Place in Hell, which deals with mob-driven corruption at the highest levels in New York City government; and Night Shadows, which addresses the subjects of child abuse, teenage rape, and teen suicide. Other Martelli novels include Lilith: Demon of the Night, a novel about a New York City vampire cult; House of Cards: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which is based on real events related to the 2008 financial crisis precipitated by the housing bubble; and Death by Wall Street: Rampage of the Bulls, which focused on corruption within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the incompetence of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Dr. Cohen’s Antarctic Murders Trilogy describes what happened following a robbery of the Banco Central de Chile in Talcahuano in May, 1960. The trilogy comprises Frozen in Time: Murder at the Bottom of the World (Book I), Unfinished Business: Pursuit of an Antarctic Killer (Book II), and End Game: Irrational Acts, Tragic Consequences (Book III). The Trilogy now is available in one (Kindle) eBook edition, Cold Blood. Dr. Cohen’s first novel, Full Circle: A Dream Denied, A Vision Fulfilled, which is based on his life as a violinist, was published in 2009.
Screenplays written by Dr. Cohen include Death by Wall Street, based on his novel by the same name, and Beware Those Closest, based on his novel House of Cards. Dr. Cohen also is the author of the Young Adult (YA) novel The Hypnotist, which he wrote under the pen name “Alyssa Devine.” Finally, Dr. Cohen has published more than 450 papers, articles, columns, essays, and interviews, and is a co-author of The NEW Shortwave Propagation Handbook (from CQ Communications). The author’s financial writings may be found on the Website SeekingAlpha.com.
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