He's very enthusiastic about telling stories and using them to help kids learn how to read - especially delayed readers. And his books are so engaging that even though it's on a first grade level, fifth graders love them too so there's no stigma attached to reading them.
That night, he had a reading and book signing at Barnes and Noble and ZBoy and I went.
He told three of his stories, acting them out. He also called on participants from the audience to help him.
His audience laughed, holding their bellies and rocking back and forth, rapt. There weren't many of them there, but the enthusiasm of the kids that were there more than made up for it.
Afterwards, he signed books. ZBoy was thrilled to have his autographed books. I bought a couple for myself and a couple for ZBoy's friend (red shirt) who'd recently had a birthday.
As we were leaving, ZBoy told me that Rob was now his favorite author. And Rob passed us as I was checking out, heading towards the front of the store where the signing was originally set up with the homeless people sleeping in the chairs. Z spotted him and yelled across the store, "I love your stories, Mr. Cleveland! You ROCK!"
And Rob turned back to me and said, "That's the best review I've ever gotten."
If you're interested in checking out his books and the animated versions on line, go to http://www.storycove.com/ and to buy them, http://www.augusthouse.com/
The stories are folk tales from all over the world. Your kids will enjoy them and you will too!