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This book just makes me feel good. It makes me feel good because it’s a really cute story in a colorful and nicely illustrated book. The book has a couple of plot twists you probably wouldn’t expect. The moment when the main character Brad learns he can’t be in the band because he is different reminds me that everyone should look past differences. To me, the book also signifies hope and the possibilities in life, as it is authored by a young man that has Down syndrome. World Down Syndrome Day takes place later this month on March 21. I love knowing that the world can appreciate a lovely story while understanding that people with Down syndrome have talents and skills just like everyone else.
- By Marcus Sikora with Mardra Sikora
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: MCP Books (June 20, 2015)
- ISBN-10: 1634134419
- ISBN-13: 978-1634134415
- Cover price $19.99
Brad is a paper boy who wants to be a rock star, so when he discovers the band Black Day playing in old Professor Hammer’s garage, he really wants to join. The band’s monsters have a different idea and send him away, ”No humans!”
Brad sets out to change their minds, but the monsters have bigger problems than finding a bass player.
Halloween may never be the same again.
Here’s a trailer for the book.
Marcus Sikora is a 24 year old creative soul who has Down syndrome and lives in Omaha, Nebraska. He has acted on stage with local and national companies as well as written a short one act. Black Day: The Monster Rock Band is his first story book for children. When he’s not watching theater, singing, or working out, he’s contemplating the sequel, title yet to be determined. You can connect with Marcus and his adventures via Twitter @marcusmusical, Facebook.com/GrownUpsAndDowns, and BlackDayBook.com.
Mardra Sikora is Marcus’ mother. She is also an author, speaker, & advocate who believes in the power of words and uses both fiction and non-fiction to advocate for and with her adult son, Marcus. Author of Essay: Arguing Eugenics, and The Future and Other Twists: A Collection of Short and Super-short Stories. Her work is also included in a variety of anthologies and national websites including The Huffington Post. Her favorite time killer and connector is Twitter, find her @Mardrasikora.
Here’s a brief video about the story behind the book.
What are some of the ways that you encourage your children to be accepting and look past the differences in others?
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