with Ariel Stemple
Illustrated by John Ledda
Beaming Books (October 10, 2023)
KIKKI KICKS is my first book with grandchild Ari Stemple who also writes poetry, stories, comic books, song lyrics (and music).
The poem is mine, celebrating the martial arts, but the story itself was written by Ari and me, re-calling Ari’s trials when they were badly bullied in school and their wonderful parents took them to a dojo to learn martial arts. Oh–and took Ari out of that bad school and put them into a much better one. They are a college graduate, and they are also about to work on an MFA in writing at a nearby Minnesota University.
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