PUSHBALL: A Game That's Tasty to Eat!
Pushball is a fun story written in rhyme to entertain children and promote early reading. It teaches the wisdom of an ancient proverb, that goals are attained through persistence and determination.
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“I love children’s books, especially those with beautiful illustrations like this one! The pictures are scrumptious and the story is unique and charming. It’s easy to see the lessons involved and they are presented in a fun, creative way. The rhyming words are delightful and add to the fun of reading this book. It would be a great way to help children with social behaviors and problem-solving. I would have loved to have this book when I was helping children with processing, social and language skills! And, the surprise ending is sure to elicit laughs!” -KS
"Pushball is a cute book that my boys (3&5) loved! Ever since Groundhogs Day my 5 year old has been obsessed with groundhog and this book was perfect for him. They thought the groundhog was hysterical and they wanted to win like duck. The drawings are bright, fun, and match the story well. We loved this story!" -MR
"Found the book on Amazon and downloaded it to my iPad. My 7 year granddaughter read it to her 5 year old cousin. It was a delightful read with wonderful rhymes. Looking forward their next release."
Thomas Leavey was born in the Bronx, but grew up in Rockland County, New York. He attended the same grammar and high school as his illustrator John Buck. After graduation from Makato College in Minnesota, he returned to New York to a career in the film and television industries. He worked on many films and television shows such as Sesame Street; Annie; and Megan Leavey, to name a few. He also took time off from work to volunteer at the rescue operation at Ground Zero. Pushball is the first of several book projects that are in development.
John Buck was born in Brooklyn, but for most of his early years he lived in the small town of Blauvelt, NY, where he met Tom. After high school he went to the University of Detroit and graduated from Wayne State University in Michigan. His interest in art and architecture led to a lifelong professional career as an industrial designer, working on everything from aircraft interiors, to business machines, and power tools. He has designed for consulting firms and corporations in New York, Michigan, and Maryland, where he currently lives with his family. Pushball is his first illustrated children’s book.