A young boy has a mind full of wonderful stories but when he writes them down, day after day, they come back covered in red pen after his teachers have corrected his spelling. It seems his dyslexia will always hold him back from sharing his creativity the way he longs to. Then a new teacher arrives at the school. Mr Watson tells magical stories and draws wonderful pictures. He makes his students feel safe. He inspires them to be themselves. He doesn’t cover the boy’s stories in red pen — and with this newfound acceptance the boy finally feels comfortable to just write! My Storee is a story of hope and acceptance into a world of literature that can too often seem impossible or difficult for dyslexic children to enter because of the rules that surround it. It highlights the magic and importance of ‘story’, the ideas and the creativity behind literature that are too often taught out of children through an over-emphasis on teaching them rules, structure and spelling. It is an engaging and creatively designed picture book that provides inspiration and support for reluctant writers and dyslexics, and shows the importance and power of good teachers. It is also the story of Paul Russell, the author, who as a dyslexic boy was inspired to become the writer and teacher he is today because of one teacher who believed in him.
ABC North Queensland Breakfast radio segment
“How often do we tell kids they can be anything they want to be when they grow up? How important is it to be nurtured and inspired by a great teacher who believes in them? It’s the premise of new book called My Storee… by primary school teacher Paul Russell, who suffered from dyslexia himself”. Click here to listen.
Australian Teacher Magazine review article
“Aimed at 4-10-year-olds, the book tells the tale of an imaginative boy who hates to write at school because he’s so discouraged by the red corrections all over his work.” Click here to read.
Miss Jenny’s Classroom review article
“A must to have for the start of the school year to encourage those reluctant writers and some food for thought for teachers to consider when planning writing and spelling lessons.“ Click here to read.
Practical Parenting magazine article
“…encourages kids to explore their creativity without being held hostage by the difficulties spelling presents for people with dyslexia.” Click here to read.
In The Good Books blog article
“My Storee demonstrates the importance of good teachers, and also inspires dyslexics and reluctant writers to have a go.” Click here to read.
New Idea magazine article
“Children with dyslexia or those who have trouble with spelling will love My Storee.” Click here to read.
The Today Show television segment
“A new book is set to change the way Aussie kids view dyslexia.” Click here to view.
One More Page Podcast podcast segment
“Illustrated in a total explosion of colour… as soon as my daughter finished reading this story she ran off super excited and inspired to write her own story, which I totally loved. Even though this inspired by Paul’s experiences with dyslexia, I actually think it is equally relevant to to any young kid learning to write”. Click here to listen.
NZ Book Lovers blog article
“This book is also a reminder that we need to give ourselves and our little ones the space to create and there is always a time to critic later.” Click here to read.
Kids Books NZ blog article
“I wish I could do two reviews of this book. It’s written by a person who experienced dyslexia when young, and had some bad experiences at school. My granddaughter has been diagnosed with dyslexia, and I’d love to share the book with her.” Click here to read.
School Days Magazine magazine article
“My Storee is about hope and acceptance in a world of literature that can often seem impossible or at least difficult for children with dyslexia to enter. It highlights the magic and importance of the ideas and creativity.“ Click here to read.