FOR RELEASE – October 8, 2016

Max and the Storyteller

Written by Shannon Gambino
Illustrated by Shannon Gambino and the
Toledo Lucas County Public Library’s Illustrating Geniuses
Print, October 8, 2016

HodgePodge Press is proud to present:
Max and the Storyteller.

Available October 8, 2016, in print format on, on multiple online retailers, and in bookshops.

Autographed print copies available online through HodgePodge Press’ Universe On A Shelf.

“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all of the books through your skin, without even opening them.” ~ Mark Twain

The continuous universe stretches beyond the mind’s understanding
Tickling the outer recesses of the imagination …
Is there life beyond Earth?
Where do creatures reside when not invading our dreams?
Time and space, portals and wormholes
Storytellers crisscross the galaxies for the ultimate adventures
While worlds inhabited with intelligent life search the same.



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