REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY – Black Day: The Monster Rock Band

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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Black Day The Monster Rock Band

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.

Black Day: The Monster Rock Band

  • 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,, and

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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June S. March 9, 2016 - 5:21 pm

I do not know for sure if my son and daughter-in-law have had to explain this yet to my grandson, but I am sure that it will come up someday. They are both really good at exlpaining things to him.

Jamie F March 9, 2016 - 8:04 pm

My daughter is a cancer survivor, at the age of 3 she was “different” and got a lot of hurtful comments and stares. My older son was scolded at school for being honest and telling his classmates that his sister was sick and could die. We have always believed that honesty and openness is best in our relationship with our kids. We remind our kids how it felt to be looked at and judged, and we talk about how boring the world would be if everyone looked the same, had the same abilities and interests or had the same experiences.

Rosey March 11, 2016 - 12:00 pm

It’s easy for me because my son has a girl in his school who has aged very quickly. She is one of the saftey patrol people in the morning and the first time we saw her he asked me questions and I got the opportunity to explain to him that she was just like he was on the inside, and he needed to make sure he made her feel valued as a schoolmate, just like he does anyone else who goes to the school. He readily embraced her and she is in his group of friends. My daughter is 17 in a few days, but she’s always been a compassionate and loving soul. I have no worries about her shunning anyone for any kind of differences. If she did I’d be very, very surprised.

bill norris March 11, 2016 - 3:41 pm

I tell them that everyone is different, we all have differences, and shouldnt be judged or picked on about any of them.

Carol Yemola March 12, 2016 - 7:46 pm

Kids learn by what they see. I try to give my kids an example of tolerance by my actions.

pat.navymom March 18, 2016 - 10:49 am

Target reader?

trixx March 19, 2016 - 10:56 pm

I try to explain that no one is better than another person. I try to lead by example as well since kids take cues from their parent[s].

Lisa L March 19, 2016 - 11:56 pm

I try to explain to my kids that differences are what makes each of one unique. Each one of us is special!


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