PRESS Articles About the Book
Outdoors Radio Interview 14 Feb. 2012
Ann Nyberg's NETWORK CONNECTICUT interview 26 Dec.
SHORE LINE TIMES 2 Dec. 2011
NEW HAVEN REGISTER Life Feature 21 Nov. 2011
DAY Daybreak Feature 20 Nov. 2011
SHORE PUBLISHING Living Feature
15 Nov. 2011
Write about Hobbomock
"I have shared [The Legend of
Hobbomock] with my son Max, and will bring it back into the office
shortly as every 2nd grader in Hamden visits my office and I am sure
the students will get a kick out of it. - Scott D. Jackson, Mayor,
just picked up this book up for my son after reading the article in
the New Haven
register. My son loved it! He was so excited about it that he wants
his teacher to read it in class tomorrow. From a parent of a second
grade boy who I'm trying to encourage to read more, I just wanted to
say thank you and Jesse Bonelli for working on this book. My son has
always asked questions about Sleeping Giant as we live in New haven
and see it frequently. Now he knows the legend. Again, thank you as
you have hopefully sparked an interest in reading for a young mind.
- Chris Fiore, East Haven, CT
wanted you to know how much my grandchildren enjoyed your book. I like
reading to them and even the five year old was very attentive. Robbie,
the eight year old, took the book into class since they were studying
Indians. Good timing. Please tell your illustrator that [he] did a
great job, too.
- Michelle Winsch, Madison, CT
ten year old son Miles took the [Hobbomock] book to school yesterday
and he said his teacher read it to the class and the kids applauded
when she finished! He then said "It's a really good book, dad." He
said he can't wait to read
THE GROWING SWEATER. -
Paul Stewart, Brighton, MA
Legend of Hobbomock] book is magnificent...It is a GEM! - Joan &
Henry Garbar, Gouldsboro, ME. [Joan is a former Mother
Superior and a retired public school English teacher.]
me first share with you that Jesse Bonelli is one of my former science
students. He was in my 7th
grade science class in Old Lyme.....I remember his sketches back then,
amazing for a 12 year old. I think it was a comic strip depiction of
some type of food traveling through the digestive
system....awesome!!! I am THRILLED to see that he has illustrated
your new book, the Legend of
and cannot wait to get my hands on a copy. I would love a copy for
myself, personalized to my four year old son, Geffen. We hike A LOT.
Secondly, I'd love another copy for my father, Bill Harris. He has
Hamden all his life and just hit 65 years old. EVERY DAY he
hikes this mountain on his lunch break. He walks to the top to be
where he is most happy, in nature. He is also an avid
spearfisherman and cyclist. Pretty amazing for sixty five!!! I
would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it if you could write a special note to him, in
his own copy of your book. He knows that mountain like he knows the
freckles on his arm. It would be such a special gift for Christmas.
- Courtney Harris,
East Haven, CT
My sons received a gift from their grandmother this
Christmas that they really enjoyed. I didnít see the gift at first and
then noticed they had stopped opening presents so my wife could read
them The Legend of Hobbomock (they are 4 and 7). My mother had
apparently been at the book signing, met you and purchased 2 copies.
One for her and one for the boys. They really enjoyed it.
So thank you and great job!
Michael J Ellesio, Bridgeport, CT
PRAISE FROM a WRITER'S DIGEST BOOK AWARDS CONTEST JUDGE
Entry Title: The Legend of Hobbomock: The Sleeping Giant
Author: Jason J. Marchi
Judge Number: 1
Books were evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5. This scale is strictly to
provide a point of reference, it is not a cumulative score and does
not reflect ranking.
Structure and Organization: 5
Production Quality and Cover Design: 5
Plot (if applicable): 4
Character Development (if applicable): 5
This is a wonderful presentation of a folk tale. Your writing has
exactly the right voice for this story. The story is a perfect length
for reading to a young person. The 6th grade writing/vocabulary level
would also make this a good book to have in a library for older
children to read and perhaps use for a report. Iím not sure what is
legend and what you have added to the legend for story. I liked how
you presented Blackbirdís life: what he ate, what he wore. When
Blackbird encounters the stone giant, it creates the appropriate,
conflict/tension for a proper story format. I loved how you showed
Blackbird growing old and becoming the master storyteller. Great how
you linked the legends by having him tell both the story he learned
from Rakarota AND the new legend of his own experience. Good
foreshadowing when his mother gathered the oysters for breakfast. The
soft palette for the illustration matches the tone of the story and
gives off a spooky feeling. Great illustrations. I love your ending
about being very hungry when he wakes. You are a wonderful
writer. I can see this book as a part of a series on folklore that
might be published by an educational publisher. Good job.
to read a 650 word excerpt from the 2000 word story about young
Blackbird and the stone giant, Hobbomock.
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