Fun, educational, entertaining and interactive school assemblies!
Deputy Dorkface is enjoyed by kids, teachers, parents, book festival goers and anyone that enjoys funny stories with a purpose. Like these nice people ..
Just thought you would like to know a teacher came up to me and said your presentation was the best she had seen. She also commented on how well you engage the students and keep their attention and couldn’t stop thinking about your technique. She then said, “he should be a teacher”. Your next career maybe???
Stephanie Lund, Media Center Specialist, Kerr Elementary, Mesa, AZ
Thank you so much for coming to Dilworth! You totally captivated our students and they had a blast! I can’t tell you how many students called out about the books as I walked the AV cart of books back downstairs! I hope that you enjoyed your trip to Charlotte and that you’ll come back and visit in the future!
Beth Ehrlich, Media Specialist-Dilworth Elementary, Charlotte, NC
Thank you for coming to Westridge to present your books. Your presentation was kid friendly, entertaining and very funny. The kids and teachers haven’t stopped talking about you since you left yesterday. You created a very memorable day for all of us!
Christi Reed, Librarian, Westridge Elementary, Littleton, CO
I can’t begin to tell you how much the students enjoyed your visit. They have popped their heads into the library throughout the day today to say “Wow, that was great Ms Vess!”. The teachers have given wonderful feedback as well. I learned a lot myself, from how the books are put together, to the editing process which never occurred to me.
Carly Vess, Librarian, Manzanita Elementary, Phoenix, AZ
YOU deserve such thanks! Young Authors’ Fair was successful because of you and your awesome character – Deputy Dorkface!! All day Friday, I had students, parents
and teachers comment on your outstanding presentation and fun yet important,
meaningful books! You’ve really hit the mark, Kevin, when it comes to pleasing
parents, teachers and kids alike!!
Jeaneen Christiansen, Young Authors’ Fair chair, John Wash Elem, Fresno, CA
The staff and students loved your presentation! I have had nothing but positive feedback from everyone and I couldn’t agree more. The students were engaged and learned a lot from you. Whenever you feel like visiting Missouri again, please know that you are always welcome here at Warren Elementary! I will forward pics as soon as I get them downloaded.
Dawn Neels, Warren Elementary, St. Peters, MO
Thanks again for coming to our school. The kids have done nothing but talk about it. I love that. You did a great job. The teachers loved that you showed them how a book was made. I have gotten such good feedback. YOU ROCK!!
Shawna Pauli, Queen Creek Elementary Librarian, Queen Creek, AZ
Thank you Kevin!!! It was a great experience for all the students at MLK and Lee Richmond. The students at Lee Richmond are still in awe, over their first “celebrity/author” visit. One parent asked me for the picture of you and the students so she can frame it with the book. You are truly an amazing man/author and have inspired the students to read and write more. Thank you, thank you. It was an absolute pleasure to have met you and hope to do it again. You are AMAZING!
Linda Cruz, Media Services Aide, Lee Richmond, Jefferson, MLK Elementary Schools, Hanford, CA
I have been with this school for 12 years, and I have never seen the students so engaged and excited. Thank you!
Dawn Maheu, Vineland Elementary, Rotonda West, FL
I’ve had SO many folks stopping in to tell me how great they thought your presentation was. You are welcome back anytime! Without our eye catching this experience being available, our kids would have missed out.
Mernie Maestas, Librarian, Boone Trail Elementary, Wentzville, MO
Thanks for coming out to Vegas Verdes this afternoon. The children really enjoyed your book and all that you had to share with them. You really resonated with Safekey and the Apple Core Program. Your books teach children life lessons in a manner that is fun and engaging. You are making the difference in the lives of children by your books!
Louise Lucci, Community Program Specialist, Region 6 Supervisor, City of Las Vegas
The students and staff at J. Marlan Walker International School would like to thank you for
taking the time to share your Deputy Dorkface books in such an energizing assembly.
Your time and commitment toward education will be remembered for years to come.
J. Marlan Walker International School, Henderson, NV
What an amazing presentation you did at O’Roarke ES! It was fun and so worthwhile. I had no idea how busy you were through the community!! I am so thankful for the experience for both myself and for the students. Orders for books are still coming in.
Sue Warner, Librarian, Thomas O’Roarke Elementary School, Las Vegas, NV
Thank you again for a fabulous presentation, I got a lot of positive feedback from both teachers and students.
Stephanie Pirtle, Librarian, Pleasant Valley Elementary, Reno, NV
Thank you so much for coming! Our staff and kiddos are STILL talking about what a grand time they had with you!
Kimberly Ray, Media Specialist-Idlewild Elementary, Charlotte, NC
I’m planning on using “Sugaropolis” for a mentor text lesson plan. For example I will use how you had strong verbs like when the Deputy “jammed” his hat on… and the kids “pelted” them with chocolate kisses. I am always trying to have the students use words like HUGE or COLOSSAL instead of big, or STROLLED instead Also you used the repetition of Brownie throughout the book – there were numerous crafts in your stories and they really appeal to young writer’s. The silver stickers were a hit for the six great listeners today! Thanks again for your support to our writers- it is by far the most difficult subject to teach, however, it can be the most rewarding one too.
Bonnie Mauer, Kendallvue Elementary, Morrison, Colorado
We really enjoyed your visit here! The kids are very excited about your books. A 4th grade girl told me yesterday that she went home and wrote a story after your presentation!
Carla Wandelt, Librarian -Stetson Hills Elementary, Phoenix, AZ
I liked when we were trying to guess the answers. You were really funny. So when I grow up, I am thinking of being an author. You did inspire me.
Madison, 3rd grader, Columbine Hills Elementary, Denver, CO
My students really enjoyed your presentations! Everyone’s still talking about them. The number one comment was that you’re funny.
Shasteen Murphy, Librarian, Chaparral Elementary, Phoenix, AZ
You were such a “hit” across the board! The school was buzzing with excitement after you left yesterday. One student told me (during media time yesterday) that “He was cooler than I thought he’d be!” That’s quite the compliment from a student that age! Teachers were impressed as well, with how you engaged the kids and made it so much fun!
Sara Lee, Library Media Specialist, Lee Elementary, Salem, OR
I have to tell you that Kevin’s presentation was the best one I’ve seen to date. It has always been good but it seems that with time and experience he has transformed a presentation into a laboratory for learning how to get published. Seriously, the teachers were all commenting on how well he engaged the students and how much they got from the program. I had one of my Gate kids come back and tell me he is going to start writing his science fiction stories now that he knows something about the process. The effect of such a program is incalculable.
Kevin P Lord, Gate Specialist, Hayes and Fyfe Elementary Schools
Thank you so much for the great presentations you gave to our students here at Martin Luther King. You were amazing! The students loved every minute of your performance.
Lily Garcia, Martin Luther King Elementary, Hanford, CA
We throughly enjoyed your presentation here at Rosedale North. The kids are all asking to check out your books from the library. Thanks so much,
Iris McCaa, Library Clerk, Rosedale North Elementary Bakersfield, CA
We are still buzzing here at Hammond with all the excitement you generated!
Cindy Rasmussen, Hammond Elementary, Salem, OR
Thank you again for coming all the way out to Charlotte, NC. I’ve heard nothing but wonderful comments from the students about your presentation. They absolutely loved it and your books.
“I liked it because it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. And, it was really nice of him to come and let us experience his great books in person.” 3rd grade student
“I liked it because I’ve never met an author. And, I really enjoyed him. It was a great honor to see him.” 3rd grade student
“He was pretty funny. He has a lot of love for his children and that’s part of why he wrote the Deputy Dorkface series because he said those things to his children.” 3rd grade student
Heather Graham, Media Specialist-Bain Elementary, Mint Hill, North Carolina
Thank you so much for coming to Desert Valley and presenting your books and the publishing process. The students and teachers enjoyed it immensely! Debbie Fransen, Desert Valley Librarian, Glendale, AZ
I can tell you that my son loves your books! I don’t know how many times I have read Deputy Dorkface to him this summer. So I hope that you get to put more of your ideas into writing to share with your audience.
Alex Brittelli, Ober Elementary, Las Vegas, NV
The kids had a blast and I had many positive comments from teachers. The kids are fighting over who gets to check your books out first! Stephanie Smith, Librarian, Apache Elementary, Peoria, AZ
The students all enjoyed Deputy Dorkface and learning how to make a book. Hopefully, we can schedule another visit next year.
Stephanie Wong, Principal, Red Rock Elementary, Las Vegas, NV
The children love your books, you are in our Top Ten Checkout List!
Jim McLean, Librarian, Vanderburg Elementary, Henderson, NV
Thanks so much for your very interesting talk at the Las Vegas Breakfast Club. And thank you for the delightful books. I read them and laughed out loud. The illustrations are outstanding and I know my grandchildren will enjoy them.
Bobbi Artz, Henderson, NV
All your books have waiting lists here at the library. The kids just love them!
Sarah Hoggatt, Cummings Library, Cummings Elementary, Salem, OR
Best assembly we’ve ever had! I learned a lot!
Kindergarten teacher, Pioneer Elementary, Brentwood, CA
Thank you so much for coming today…the kids had a blast! I heard them talking to their parents about your assemblies as soon as the bell rang!
Diane Utterback, Librarian, M.J. Christensen Elementary, Las Vegas, NV
Well, you certainly made quite an impression on students at Canyon Rim!
Sue Wahlund, Librarian, Canyon Rim Elementary, Mesa, AZ
Our students really enjoyed your presentation, books, and energy. A kindergartner whose mom bought a book for her and you signed it right away, was so excited about her book that she made you what she called a ‘thank you note.’
Angie Murbach, Librarian, Pioneer Elementary, Glendale, AZ
We want you to know how much we appreciated your sharing your writing expertise and your story-telling talents. Our students enjoyed your visit very much.
Marcie McDonald, Principal & Rose Ballard, Assistant Principal
C.P. Squires Elementary, North Las Vegas
Our students had a wonderful time yesterday and the teachers loved it too! Thank you so much!
Melissa Toner, Media Specialist-Elon Park Elementary, Charlotte, NC
Deputy Dorkface is an excellent challenging read for our primary grade students and has been a fun recreational read for intermediate students.
Dr. Mike Rodrigues, Principal, McDoniel Elementary, Henderson, NV
Thank you so much for the fun you brought to our students!!
Christy Condrin, Garin Elementary, Brentwood, CA
Thanks again for getting the kids excited about reading and writing. The teachers and students have said so many great things about the assembly today and I just wanted to pass it on. Thanks for giving back to the community!
Tiffany Lewis, Media Specialist, Marshall Darnell Elementary, Las Vegas, NV
The children enjoy your visits. You truly have a lovely rapport with the students and are a gifted communicator. You are a blessing to the schools in Las Vegas and I appreciate that you share your gifts with us.
Robin Gomes, Mountain View Lutheran School, Las Vegas, NV
What a great day on Monday! Thank you for all your hard work with our kids.
Beth Roseman, Media Specialist-Landsdowne Elementary, Charlotte, NC
The buzz around here was all good and the students love, love your books!
Julia Hammon, Library Clerk, Justin Elementary, Simi Valley, CA
Thank you for your presentation on November 18 as part of Library Tree Lane 2011. When you talk about why and what and how you write, you exude energy and generate enthusiasm. The fact that you hold the attention of both children and adults attests to the genuineness of both your character and craft. The afternoon of the 18th, I asked you to sign Deputy Dorkface’s Stinkville story with the line “Welcome, Bradie!” The birth of Bradie, my first great-great nephew, took place November 23 in Texas, and yesterday, I mailed the autographed book and a DD t-shirt to him. Over time, he will grow into the story and shirt. Here’s the beginning of Deputy Dorkface in the Lone Star state. Again, thank you for the 18th as well as your past appearances with us. You will receive a formal thank-you letter from the Library Tree Lane Committee in December.
Kathy Hug, LTL Communications, Friends of Henderson Libraries
Thank you for your wonderful book presentation. You impressed all of us with your ability to keep our kids thoroughly engaged throughout your presentation.
Mrs. Brown, Vanderburg Elementary, Henderson, Nevada
Thank you Kevin! Your assemblies were a hit! Our Foxes are still buzzing about you J. Please put Farmdale on your list of schools to visit again, and safe journeys to wherever your books may lead you …
Kathy Moser, Principal, Farmdale Elementary, Merced, CA
Our students and teachers had a blast at your assemblies!
Diana Lessard, Marsh Creek Elementary, Brentwood, CA
Thank you so much for visiting us at Sue Morrow Elementary School. We really enjoyed hearing you talk about your books and the creative process. Your books have been flying off the shelves in the library since you left!
Alison Grant, Librarian, Sue Morrow Elementary, Henderson, NV
Thank you, Kevin, for coming to Coral Canyon Elementary. Your presentation was awesome and enjoyed by everyone! What a neat thing you are doing to promote reading.
Mrs. G, Media Center Librarian and Mrs. Robyn Bishop, Principal, Coral Canyon Elementary, Washington, Utah
Dear Mr. Janison,
Thank you so much for coming to Painted Sky to kick off our book fair. My 1st graders loved the assembly and haven’t stopped talking about your books. Many of them purchased them that night. You are such a great presenter, too. Not many people can hold the attention of that many kids at the end of a day with the excitement you brought out in them.
Mrs. Gruensfelder, Painted Sky Elementary, Oro Valley, Arizona
Thank you so much for coming to our school. Both the children and teachers thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. You were even the topic of conversation at my dinner table tonight. My 5-year-old daughter really enjoyed Stinky Town. My 8-year-old thought the horse cannon balling into the pond was hysterical. Thank you again for spending the time and energy on making this a great assembly. We hope to have you visit us again next year when your new book comes out.
Jennifer Adams, 2nd Grade Teacher – John Dooley Elementary School, Henderson, NV
I want to thank you for presenting at Vail Pittman for our Literacy Night. You are so lively, entertaining and informative. Our students and their families truly enjoyed their evening.
We appreciate that you were able to take time out of your hectic schedule to come to Pittman. Your books are a favorite at our school and are ALWAYS checked out! Thank you for encouraging the kids in Las Vegas to read and write.
It was great having you visit our school. Students are still talking about the books. Teachers are reading them in their classes. 4th & 5th grade teachers enjoyed the extra time spent with their classes on writing. It was just a great afternoon for us.
John Partin, Neutra Elementary, Lemoore, CA
I wanted to thank you again for coming a visiting yesterday. The kids loved you…it has been all I have heard! Would you want to come back next school year after your third book comes out? I am just curious!
Laura Kimberly, Librarian, Greenbrae Elementary, Sparks, NV
Your books are the only books that are not on the A.R. list (yet), that I can’t keep on the shelves.
Carolyn Wells, Librarian, St. Viator Elementary, Las Vegas, NV
Thanks so much for visiting our school. I have received such great feedback from teachers and students. They loved your presentation.
Doreen Penrose, Librarian, Huffaker Elementary, Reno, NV
Thank you so much for participating as a presenter at our first ever Literacy Night! Parents and teachers were very pleased with your presentation and with the presentations of our students around the school. We hope that you will be available next year to present at Wolff’s Literacy Night again. Thank you, again, and good luck with your hectic schedule this year.
Kate Gilleran, 2nd Grade Teacher
Elise L. Wolff Elementary, Henderson, NV
Thank you so much for coming out to our school today. The kids really enjoyed your presentations. The books are fabulous and we will enjoy reading them in the days to come.
Sandra Tomburo, Literacy Specialist, Eileen Conners Elementary, Las Vegas, NV
Dear Mr. Janison,
Thank you for conducting the recent assemblies at Guy Elementary School. The students (and staff) very much enjoyed listening to the books, as well as hearing the “story behind the story” of the editing and printing processes. Your talent to captivate an audience of hundreds of children is admirable.We wish you the best in future endeavors as an author…we’d love to hear and read more from Deputy Dorkface!
Diane Lewis, Principal
I wanted to write to thank you again for taking time out of your hectic schedule to come to read to the students at Crestwood.
As budgets tighten and “extras” are trimmed out the need for quality, low cost assemblies increase. From my experience with researching and setting up assemblies, I know that the cost of the assemblies that you gave today would have been between $500 and $1,000. The fact that you do this for free for hundreds of schools around the valley is really remarkable and a testimony to your dedication to the youth in the Las Vegas Valley.
You’ve really gone above and beyond the average guest reader. Your presentation incorporated several factors that are key for students to hear. It showed where authors get their ideas, in your case a bedtime story for your children. You emphasized that writing is a process and that you need to put a lot of effort into it in order to produce a quality product. Finally, you demonstrated for them a real passion for your craft and offered yourself as a role model that they would want to emulate.
Emma Perkins, Title One Site Contact, Clark County School District, Crestwood Elementary, Las Vegas, NV
Good Morning Kevin,
THANK YOU, so much for coming out and encouraging our kids to read! We all enjoyed your presentation. I really do appreciate the time you took to read over a story by one of our students! She was really excited.
I hope you enjoyed your time here at Akers as well in Central CA.
Once again, thank you for your time, resources and talent, all of which are priceless.
Veronica Bryant, Akers Elementary School Library, Lemoore, CA
Dear Kevin Janison,
Thank you for coming to our school. I really liked your book, it is very funny. It also makes me very hungry for some candy. My favorite character was Brownie the dog. I liked him because he always wanted pie. I like both of your books. My favorite book is How Stinkville Got Cleaned Up. Your ideas are great. I think that the writing is great. The pictures make me really want to write even more! I also like the horses and how they are made. Your writing makes my imagination run wild. Thanks again for coming to our school. I like both of your books.
Isai, Jara, Nathan, JJ, Chase, Richard, Elizabeth, George, Ulises, Kenny, Damaris, Analti, Noe, Ivy, Isabel, Christine, and Austin, Wasden Elementary School students
Deputy Dorkface is bright and fun and promises to capture the imagination of more than a few youngsters who may have been reluctant to read in the past.
Young Voices Foundation
Dear Kevin Janison,
Thank you for reading to us. I really like your new book, Deputy Dorkface: How Sugaropolis Got Dessert Back. It is funny and great. Plus I liked seeing myself on T.V. It was awesome. Once again thank you for reading to us.
Ivy, Elizabeth, Chase, Richard, Christine, Analti, Ulises, Kenny, George, Jara, Damaris, Starr, JJ, Nathan, Isabel, Isai, Austin, and Noe, Wasden Elementary School students
Children eagerly join [author Kevin Janison] in yelling “PEE-UUUUU” at certain stench-laden junctures in the story.
Dave Clark, Summerlin News
Dear Kevin Janison,
We think your books are really funny. You’re really nice, you’re also really cool. We liked it when you came. Deputy Dorkface books are really funny because it’s about kids being kids – it’s also about chocolate and you know kids love chocolate.
Kenny, Chase, Austin, Isabel, Nathan, JJ, Jara, Elizabeth, Isai, Ivy, Richard, Analti, George, Ulises, Damaris, and Christine, Wasden Elementary School students, Las Vegas
It taught a lesson like it was supposed to and had engaging characters and illustrations.
Sheila Scarborough, 1st Grade Teacher, Lummis Elementary School, Las Vegas
My kids love this book! The story is very funny (even better if done with the proper emphasis on the P-U’s, etc.) and the illustrations make the story. A great way to get the kids to take a bath before they go to bed. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with kids under the age of 10.
Thank you – everyone enjoyed your presentation; students and teachers. I appreciate your willingness to come to our school and your enthusiasm that you showed. You were one of our best presenters! Best of wishes this year to you!
Michael Lomeli, Vice Principal – Pioneer School, Merced, CA
Thank you!!! I had so many teachers and students tell me that they were very impressed and that they really enjoyed your presentation.
Sheila Romero, Librarian- Greenbrier Elementary, Glendale, AZ