What teachers are saying...

"Both our staff and students enjoyed our visit from Joe Spooner. The children looked forward to the turning of each page so they could attempt to locate each item hidden within the wonderful illustrations. The adults responded to the subtle humor and chuckled throughout the presentation. I'd definitely recommend both the books and Mr. Spooner's presentation as wonderful resources to encourage writing in the elementary classroom."

—Jackie Cooke
Second/third grade teacher West Gresham Grade School
Oregon's 2007 Teacher of the Year


"Joe Spooner has written and illustrated a delightful read-aloud alphabet book. The author's whimsical art is playful and the text is peppered with 'facts' about such diverse subjects as caterpillars, eggplants and gargoyles that will capture the interest and tickle the funny bones of both children and adults. Our students create alphabet books using a similar format and love this book. They are discovering that research can be lots of fun."

—Patty Walhood
Lower School Librarian
Oregon Episcopal School


"N is for Nostril is a whimsical alphabet book for all ages — the young enjoy the pictures and the rhymes, while the older folk laugh at the witty trivia. From A to Z, there is matter-of-fact information for all to learn. During our event at the YMCA, Joe Spooner engaged the children with his comedic charm, even after they fueled up on sugary snacks and cookies."

—Amy Anderton

Youth and Family Director
Portland Metro Family YMCA

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