Joseph Kimble, Children’s Author, Professional Speaker, Distinguished Professor Emeritus (of Law)
Kids love this funny book. All school visits have been very well received.
I am a semiretired law professor who has written three law books and now a children’s book. I have received several national and international awards for my work in promoting clear public communication. And I have spoken hundreds of times at venues throughout the United States and abroad. Read full biography: www.cooley.edu/faculty/joseph-kimble.
Since the publication of my children’s book, Mr. Mouthful Learns His Lesson, I have been speaking at elementary schools, mostly in Michigan and Arizona. You can find a list of those schools—along with actual reviews from the kids—on the book’s webpage. And you’ll see lots of photos on the book’s Facebook page.
The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from his book:
Mostly, I want kids to laugh—and they do. But they also learn about becoming an author and making a book. And they learn some important things about words, word meanings, word play, and metaphor. I say this in the book’s introduction: “Learn to love words—big and small—and learn which ones to use when." Kids with dreams of writing will be inspired.
Why the author is an authority on the subject of his book:
My entire career—30 years in education—has been devoted to communication. To a large extent, that’s what the book is about.
Mr. Mouthful’s fancy, highfalutin talk causes comic moments with the kids he meets—but he learns better when faced with an emergency.
BlueInk says of Mr. Mouthful Learns His Lesson: "The story is charming, the characters amusing, and the illustrations polished and a perfect match for the tone. . . . Young readers will delight in the fun drawings, captivating characters, and silly situations.” Foreword Clarion calls it “a funny book.” Reviews from kids themselves (on the book’s website) describe it as “hilarious and original,” “amazing,” “unique,” “awesome,” and “divine,” with “outstanding words.”
During my visits, I do more than just read the book; I show how the book developed, from the first handwritten page, through the sketches and layout, even to the choice of fonts. I show changes that the illustrator and I made to the words and pictures as we went along. Kids are fascinated by all that goes into making a book. They smile and laugh and learn new words—and have questions galore. I have all the equipment I need except a tray and a screen. I would be happy to provide references from teachers and librarians at the schools I have visited.
June through October: Michigan
November through May: Arizona
Willing to travel