Monday, February 15, 2010

Lewis the Lemur Adventures, The Belly of the Beast - Review

As Lewis, a mischievous, teenage lemur and his younger cousin, Clessie are out juddlepupping (running, jumping, bouncing, playing) they suddenly lose all track of time and find themselves far from their wabidumps (homes). Lewis isn’t worried. However, the ever-watching, Cirgussie, a 350 year old Galapagos Tortoise and Caretaker of all the animals is.

“…Sitting in front of the Ungellometer, (machine to track animals around the earth), Cirgussie shook his head in despair. “Oh me…oh my…there goes Lewis. Just when I thought I could rest a bit tonight…” [excerpt from Lewis the Lemur, The Belly of the Beast]

After Lewis drops Clessie off at his wabidump, he decides to cut across the open plains. Here is where the real adventure is about to begin. As the moon rises, Lewis realizes he’s in the midst of a strange monster. Is this part of the dreaded Uprite (human)?

“…Lewis always thought he knew better and did not like to listen. So here he was…or better yet, where was he?...”

Lewis the Lemur Adventures, The Belly of the Beast,
is the first chapter book in the series and is written for ages 4-12. With the subjects of geography, science and history cleverly woven into it, this story will enhance your child’s ability to learn and grow. Plus, it’s packed full of fun and adventure.

Check out Lewis the Lemur Adventures, The Belly of the Beast at Pennie Rich Publishing; or at


D.M.Cunningham said...

Hi Sandie and Dr. Nickels!

Your books sound like a lot of fun! I think it would be very rewarding to write for children while giving them the opportunity to learn and grow through entertaining stories. How can I learn more about writing within a curriculum that most schools will accept?

Anonymous said...

Dear D.M. Cunningham,

It is very rewarding and challenging to write books that do not strictly fall under the standard guidelines and traditional definitions of "children's" books. I have learned all I have about curricula as I have been a teacher, trainer of teachers, consultant for the Colo. Dept of Education and have assisted on state standardized testing development. All my experience regarding curriculum has come through many years of learning about the state standardized testing and National Standards of Learning. I have taken all that experience plus information I learned and aligned it to my curriculum. It is not an easy task which is why there is very little material out there like mine. It often feels as if I am swimming against the current.
This material has worked well for helping educators save time in crossing curricula in their classes.

In short, one has to learn the National Standards of Learning inside and out for the grade levels you are interested in addressing or writing for. Once you have aligned your curricula to meet those benchmarks in the subjects you are going to teach toward, you need to create meaty and worthwhile lessons which can work for learners at all levels so teachers can easily adapt the activities you write for any diverse classroom.

Thanks so much for asking and I hope I have answered your question. Writing curricula is a rough go and takes loads of time to figure out, but once you get there you can do it.

Good luck,
Dr. P.J. Nickels

D.M.Cunningham said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful response!!

Sandie lee said...


You have won the set of books. Please email me your address and I will get them sent out ASAP.

Thanks for being a part of Bumples Family First :)

D.M.Cunningham said...

Awesome! I can't wait to read!! Thank you for the great posts.

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