Black Day: The Monster Rock Band by Marcus Sikora, with Mardra Sikora, is more than a clever, funny Halloween tale. It’s an inspirational, follow-your-dreams story with universal appeal. And it makes no difference whether you choose to read the book in October or well, March; you will be entertained.
Since it’s more fun than a wordy description, I invite you to watch this one-minute animated trailer to get a feel for the book:
You may be wondering where inspiration enters into a story about a kid who wants to play in a band with a bunch of monsters. Sikora immediately establishes that Brad, the hard-working (human) paperboy, dreams of being a rock star while he delivers newspapers. When he finds an opportunity to fulfill his dreams, not even a scary haunted house or frightening monsters can deter him from his reaching his goal.
Similarly, the primary author of Black Day: The Monster Rock Band had a dream of his own: to write. Many of us have that same dream, though not many make it happen the way Marcus Sikora did. Take a look:
Clearly, Marcus Sikora has a mind full of interesting ideas, and we are privileged to visualize them through his book. Black Day’s illustrator, Noah Witchell, captures the energy and personality of each character in sharp, digitally-produced detail. My favorite spread depicts the monsters proving to Brad that they are indeed NOT humans wearing costumes.
There is a limit to how much I, as an adult, can tell you about a children’s picture book. The ultimate test: how much an 8-year-old boy enjoys reading Black Day: The Monster Rock Band. I read the book with my oldest son Bud, who rarely ventures beyond the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
Not only was Bud thoroughly entertained by the story, when we finished reading he wanted to know more about Marcus and how he got his ideas for writing the book. In my house, where we try to emphasize that our son Kyle, who has Down syndrome like Marcus, can have the future he chooses, this book is an excellent example showing anything is possible–for anyone–with determination and teamwork.
I want to thank Marcus Sikora and his mother Mardra Sikora for giving me the opportunity to share their awesome book with my readers–not just through this review, but also through my first giveaway on the blog! But first, for those interested in buying copies, these are the links you need:
For Amazon book and Audible: http://www.amazon.com/
UPDATE ON BOOK GIVEAWAY:
The winner has been contacted. Thanks to all who participated!