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Ryan The Black Caiman and His Unusual Friends

Written and Illustrated by Shannon Gambino
Print, April 1, 2014. E-book, April 7, 2014



HodgePodge Press is proud to present its first children’s book in The Amazon Rainforest Series. Available in e-book format (April 7th) on Amazon and print format from Amazon, online retailers, and bookshops.



Please join us on Facebook as we have a month-long event to benefit the rainforest charity of my son’s choice and The Little Light Project. For the month of April, all proceeds are being donated to these two non-profit organizations!
HodgePodge Press Teams Up With The Little Light Project

Comments from students who have been beta reading the book:

Kindergarten (5-6 year olds)
Loved how “cute the spider monkey is.”
Loved ALL of the animals, especially Ryan, Shannon and Alexis…
“Loved them because they were good friends.”
“Can we read this again …tomorrow?”
“When are Ryan’s brothers coming back to visit him…where have they gone? Can I see them?”

Second Grade (7-8 year olds)
“Loved that their friend protected them.”
All went “WHOA!” when they slipped off of Ryan’s back.

Third Grade (8-9 year olds)
“The piranha was like a bully and they helped him to become nicer.”
“Your friend should really make this a book!”Ryan-BackCover