Joel Gagnon's real-life story of being bullied made national news. Now, he's helping teach kids how to deal with their own "El Matons."
Book Title: Cowboy Joel and the Wild Wild West
Category: Children | Release date: June 4, 2019
Will send print books: USA | Blog tour June 24—August 1, 2019
Page: 48 | Content Rating: G
Cowboy Joel and Blackbeard find themselves face to face with El Maton, the most feared desperado in the West. When El Maton mocks him for the way he looks, Joel must confront his biggest fear; a tongue-slingin’ with the outlaw. Can Blackbeard convince Joel to do it? Will Joel find the courage? Note to Mom and Dad: Cowboy Joel will teach your child that it’s not always about punching the bully. It’s about being confident in who God made them to be, and using those truths to fight the battle in their mind.
Links to buy the book:| Amazon | Author's Website
Review by LAWonder10:
Cowboy Joel and the Wild, Wild West is a fun, light-hearted story that many elementary school age kids will enjoy, especially young boys. It addresses the problems of bullying.
Even though it makes a few valid points, it definitely isn't solution. Not always does standing up to bullies stop the issue. This is a very complex problem, with all ages, in life. It requires a group effort in standing up to bullies. If the bullies never get the attention or fear, then only, do they cease bullying.
The mixture of "critters" in humanized animation, will attract the younger elementary age child. It is presented in a cartoon form.
This book, however, does adequately describe a bully and addresses one way of "facing up" to the bully. Bullies don't just "go away". They often have "deep set" personal problems of their own. Bullies often have been bullied throughout their lives.
The wording is simple or the elementary age child to read and understand.
Seth Yoder had effectively illustrated this story. The illustrations are colorful, simple, yet well done.
I offer a Three and a Half Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review
Click this link to view a book trailer, plus the Gagnons appearance on the Today Show!
Endorsements “I loved the message in the story about being brave. Oftentimes children, as well as adults, do not realize the impact we are making when we stare at others that may ‘look’ different than we do, or use unkind words to mock and hurt them. I look forward to reading this story to my kindergarten students and explaining to them that we are all the same, no matter what our differences are, and that we need to be kind and treat others the way we want to be treated.” --Lisa Fuller, B.S. Early Childhood Education, Kindergarten Teacher
“Cowboy Joel and the Wild Wild West is a great book about overcoming the everyday fear of being different and of bullies. The great balance of wit and bravery displayed by Joel and his sidekick Blackbeard teaches kids that it is not only okay to be different, but everyone has something special that makes them an individual.” --Jessica Vocca, M.Ed Educational Administration, Principal, Dr. Daniel Bright School
"When a thrilling imagination meets the sturdy virtues of moral character, what you have is more than a book; you have a tool to shape and sharpen the next generation. Cowboy Joel provides the charm, intrigue, and spirit to capture any child's attention while subtly weaving in the principles needed to strengthen every heart." --James Joiner, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Northern Arizona University
“I liked the part where the lizard told Cowboy Joel he could be brave. It made me very happy. I want to be brave like Cowboy Joel.”— Kellen, age 6
About the Gagnon family:
The Gagnon family is an atypical, hodgepodge mix of humanity. The entire family enjoyed writing this book, with each one contributing their own input. Every child in the family has their own special story, and every one faces their own unique challenges. Stacey, the mom of this bunch, also has a blog called Ransom for Israel. She presents an honest assessment of the orphan crisis and the desperate need for families willing to adopt. After the adoption of their youngest daughter, the Gagnons started a non-profit called Lost Sparrows. Lost Sparrows is dedicated to improving the lives of orphans and those with special needs through education, proper medical care, and adoption. Their current focus is in areas of Eastern Europe and Bulgaria.
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