Giveaway: Metal Mike by Larry Richardson
By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: January 27, 2011
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
Paperback book: 26 pages
Book overview: Author Larry Richardson has written a story that captures the heart of a child very distinctly. Metal Mike is about a time in his son AJ’s life when his best friend moved away.
“A few years ago, AJ’s best friend, Meemo moved away. He had a hard time finding another really good friend. There are a lot of kids in our neighborhood, but none of them were like Meemo. The idea for this book came from that time in AJ’s life.”
– Larry Richardson
Readers will enjoy learning how AJ tries to find a new friend; he even considers hanging out with his sister as an option. When all else fails, the precocious little guy decides to build a friend out of scrap metal, and Metal Mike is born.
Each colorful illustration takes you on the journey through the neighborhood as AJ seeks a new friend. The art will thrill lovers of animae, as Brittany Richardson has done a wonderful job creating images reminiscent of “Dragon Ball Zee” and other very popular Japanese animations.
About the Author: Larry Richardson was born January 16, 1967 in Richland Center, WI. He graduated from Sauk Prairie (WI) High School in 1985. He joined the US Navy right out of high school and was discharged after 11 ½ years in order to help raise his family. Larry has been married for 18 years to his lovely wife, Penny. They are the proud parents of 4 children. Heather is 17 and will
be attending Auburn University next year. Brittany and Ashley are 16 year old twins. Brittany is the illustrator of Metal Mike. AJ, who is 7 years old, is a late blessing. The Richardson family currently lives in Millbrook, AL where Larry also works as a Network Administrator for the Alabama State Department of Education.
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