Author: DeCorey Hale
Illustrations By: Lauren Lacy
Summary: Most of us have been overwhelmed with sneezing, whether it be allergies, a little sniff of pepper, or an unknown cause. The character in this story, Ebenezer, has a case that is worse than your everyday sneezing attack. The poor fellow sneezes on everything in his path. The author uses rhyming words and whimsical humor to tell the story of a man with the bad case of the "sneezies". Of course, the blogger in me likes this book because I love all the diversity that is defined. From the author, to the illustrator, we see both coming together to create a book for children that will be a favorite for many years. As a teacher, I gravitated to this book because it breaks the mold and opens up questioning that helps young readers engage in the story. The story gives a great connection for journal entry questions: What would you do if you could not stop sneezing? How would you help a person that could not stop sneezing? Do you think Ebenezer was allergic to something?
Interview: DeCorey Hale is from Sylacauga, Alabama, which is near my hometown Rockford, Alabama. Ever since the release of Ebenezer The Sneezer, he has made appearances at many different educational facilities reading Ebenezer The Sneezer and encouraging the love of reading. Mr. Hale is a man on a mission and wears many hats in his community. I am glad that he was able to take some time out of his busy schedule and answers a few questions. The opportunity gives everyone a closer look into the man behind the book, Ebenezer The Sneezer.
Well I actually wrote this book for my daughter, Nylah, when she was 2 years old . She is now 11. It started out as a bedtime story for her, and now it's my first book.
Of course, anything by Dr. Seuss. I loved the Berenstain Bears. As well as James and the Giant Peach. It really opened my mind as far as my imagination goes.
Well, it was just on a while. I looked around and thought about sneezing for some odd reason. So I decided to write a story about someone who sneezes. Then I had to come up with a name that rhymed. Thus, Ebenezer The Sneezer was born.
Well since this started out as a bedtime story, I had also written little follow up pieces here and there. So I'm strongly considering turning Ebenezer into a series.
Thank you, Author DeCorey Hale! I cannot wait to see what you come up with next!
And A Special Thanks to Dana Hale for the Photos in the Library! Dew4U Photography!