WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE by Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson

 




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Book Details:

Book Title:  WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: Mustachio Pistachio vs Bully Vanilli (Frank Tl Frogg and Friends) by Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson
CategoryChildren's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  32 pages
GenreChildren's Picture Book
Publisher:  Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson
Release date:   January, 2021
Format available: hardback, paperback, ebook (PDF), interactive multimedia book
Content Rating:  G. This children's book is for everyone.

Book Description:

The first of the Frank TL Frogg and Friends series, War at the Ice Cream Store tells the story of one night at the Frozen Frogg, when Mustachio Pistachio and his “flavorite” flavor friends teach Bulli Vanilli a lesson in kindness and acceptance.

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Born to be Kind by Cheryl DaVeiga

 

My co-author (Dave Gibson) and I didn’t start out to write a book about kindness or bullying.  We started out writing a book about ice cream, because ice cream is fun. A little instinct and a little research told us that vanilla was the most popular flavor.  But we are songwriters at heart and to us, the word vanilla sounded a little like the word bully, and so our villain became a bully.  A Google search (I love Google!) of “least favorite ice cream flavor” tagged poor “Pistachio” with that dubious honor.  Then pistachio sort of rhymed with mustache (forgive us) and the next thing we knew War at the Ice Cream Store (Mustachio Pistachio vs Bully Vanilli) began writing itself.

 

In our story, kindness just naturally won in the end.  It wasn’t until we were done writing that we realized our book had such strong anti-bullying and kindness messages and that those messages also represented two hugely popular categories of children’s books.

 

I’ve always believed that compassion and empathy were built into the human spirit.  That’s what we’re made of, right?  But I got to thinking, if that’s true, then why were these categories so popular?  Why did we need to “teach” kindness?  And by the way, why did I feel the need just the other day to “unfriend” a “friend” on Facebook when she pronounced me “clueless” rather than just say she disagreed?  And so I Googled. (Did I mention I love Google?)

 

My beloved, powerful, and trusty search engine revealed some good news.  I was right!  It’s biological.  We are wired for compassion.  Study upon study shows that things like mirror neurons, oxytocin, and lit-up pleasure areas of the brain prove a biological predisposition for human kindness.  But it’s not as “natural” as it seems. We have to work that muscle. And the beautiful thing is that being kind toward others makes us happier--a great selfish reason to show up at the kindness gym.  As an author, I was also happy to come upon research showing that reading fiction about compassion provides just such a workout, especially for children.  

 

Bullying has three victims--the obvious target, the helpless bystanders, and the bully him/herself who almost always has a trauma-filled background.  While actually watching children read and respond to War at the Ice Cream Store, I was amazed at their natural empathy for all three.  They hurt when Mustachio hurt, they sensed the helplessness of the flavors and toppings, and they cheered the power of the friendship that saved the day. They even felt Bully’s contrition and the power of forgiveness.  Wow!  It was so much more than we ever imagined.  That’s inspired us to commit to having a kindness message in every book in our series.  We may have been born to be kind, but a little nature nurturing never hurt anyone!   

 My review:  I dare you not to smile and laugh as you enjoy this book!

I tripple fudge dare you!
I received both a print copy and an online version of this book to view and I can not wait to share this with family and friends with younger children.
I won't tell you what's in the book but the ending is delicious.
It is about friendship and teaching bullies that we can all get along.

Meet the Authors:

Cheryl is an award-winning songwriter, children's song recording artist (as the cartoon character CADi Grace), and the co-creator of the puppet musical and comedy show, The Waterhole Bunch. After the success of The Waterhole Bunch, Cheryl along with co-creator Dave Gibson, spun off the main character, Frank TL (The Lucky) Frogg, into a children’s entertainment concept, Frank TL Frogg and Friends, featuring the puppets in a magical town called Lucky Fork, Tennessee. Frank TL Frogg and Friends includes books, songs, videos, games, and more for younger audiences. War at the Ice Cream Store is the first of the Frank TL Frogg and Friends children’s book series.

Dave is an award-winning Nashville-based songwriter, having written hundreds of hit songs for artists including Alabama, Montgomery Gentry and Marie Osmond. Dave’s own group, The Gibson/Miller Band, won the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award for best new group in the early nineties. He is the co-creator of the puppet musical and comedy show, The Waterhole Bunch. After the success of The Waterhole Bunch, Dave, along with co-creator Cheryl DaVeiga, spun off the main character, Frank TL (The Lucky) Frogg, into a children’s entertainment concept, Frank TL Frogg and Friends, featuring the puppets in a magical town called Lucky Fork, Tennessee. Frank TL Frogg and Friends includes books, songs, videos, games, and more for younger audiences. War at the Ice Cream Store is the first of the Frank TL Frogg and Friends children’s book series.

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Mar 8 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
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Mar 9 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
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Mar 15 – I'd Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway
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Mar 22 – Books for Books – book spotlight
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My review:  I dare you not to smile and laugh as you enjoy this book!

I triple fudge dare you!
I received both a print copy and an online version of this book to view and I can not wait to share this with family and friends with younger children.
I won't tell you what's in the book but the ending is delicious.
It is about friendship and teaching bullies that we can all get along.

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