The funniest thing a reader ever told me was in the form of an e-mail I received from a father I did not know. He explained that they bought Stinky Blinky for their daughter who loves the book, but it turns out she would not go to bed unless it was read to her. After two weeks of reading it (over and over) her parents decided to hide it hoping they could read other titles to her as well, but she refused to go to bed, or listen to another story, so they “gave in” and read it to her!
If you could be any occupation other than an author, what would you be and why?
I guess for me the “other occupation” is an author, as I was a high school teacher for over 20 years and only retired in June of 2016, so the better question in my case would be: if you could be any occupation other than a teacher, what would you be and why? The obvious answer to this question would be a children’s author because I want to encourage children to become readers at an early age, as the high school teacher in me experienced far too many teenagers who didn’t like to read, so I want to write books that children want to read as that will encourage them to enjoy reading and perhaps turn them into life-long readers.
Do you ever laugh or cry while reading your own books? Explain!
Well, Stinky Blinky often makes me laugh as it is loosely based on something that happened while teaching, so every time I read it it brings me back to that moment in time. As for The Reading Promise, I do admit getting “choked up” every now and then when Daniel (the son) finally realizes as the end of the book what his mother really did for him.
What is the last children’s book you read? Why did you read it?
The last children’s book I read was The Golden Rule by Sherrill S Cannon as I have gotten to know the author a little bit over the last few months, so we decided that we’d like to read each other’s book.
If your latest book (or any book) was made into a movie, who would play the main character?
If The Reading Promise was made into a movie, I think the best person to play the main character would be my wife Robyn. Not only was she the inspiration behind the story and the main character, she is also a very talented (amateur) stage actress, so I think she could do a really good job bringing Katherine (the mother) to the big screen.
Who wrote your favorite book, the one you have read over and over again? What makes this book your favorite?
My favorite children’s book is Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. I really like this book because it is very humorous with an amazing rhyme scheme and funny illustrations. Kids can read this book and simply enjoy it without having a “lesson” shoved down their throats.
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C.M. Huddleston's Five Star Review of
"The Reading Promise" by Troy Kent
“The Reading Promise” should be in every parent’s hands! If every parent read to their children each night, many of our literacy problems would be overcome in only a few short years. The book is beautifully illustrated with soft pastels and contains a page for the parents to record their promise. My only criticism is that the story is for adults, not for children. The book’s purpose is to encourage parents to read. It is not a bedtime story for children. Buy this book as a baby shower present for those expecting parents in your life and encourage them to make the promise.