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LIKE A FISH ON A BIKE!  WAS WRITTEN LIKE A SHORT SCREENPLAY AND NOW I WANT TO HAVE THE BOOK MADE INTO A CHILDREN'S DVD .I HAVE BEEN AN ACTOR ( PAUL J DARBY IS MY STAGE NAME ) FOR OVER 30 YEARS AND I AM A MEMBER OF THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AND ACTORS EQUITY ASSN AND I KNOW A GOOD SCRIPT WHEN I SEE ONE.

HERE  ARE SOME OF THE REVIEW'S:

       .ST. PETERSBURG TIMES BY THEODORA AGGELES =  HOOKED ON FICTION: "SONNY, A FISH WHO   SPENDS THE NIGHT WITH HIS TAIL FIN KICKING UP SILT, A SURE SIGN THAT SOMETHING IS TROUBLING HIM, IS THE MAIN CHARACTER. WHAT HAS CAUGHT HIM BY SURPRISE IS A CHILD'S DIRT BIKE THAT SINKS INTO THE LAKE HE CALLS HOME. A FISH MESMERIZED BY HANDLEBAR STREAMERS SUMMONS THE YOUTH IN READERS OF ALL AGES. BITE SIZED SCENES WILL HOLD A CHILD'S ATTENTION. SONNY BULKING UP TO GET IN SHAPE FOR A BIKE RIDE IS COMICAL FOR ADULTS. LESSONS ON LIFE AND LANGUAGE RIPPLE THRU THIS FAST PACE READ"

      ABOUT.COM " WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF A BIKE FELL INTO A LAKE?  WELL, IF YOU WERE A FISH NAMED SONNY, YOU WOULD BE VERY CURIOUS AND SPEND ALL DAY WONDERING WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE TO BE A FISH ON A BIKE.  BUT WOULD YOU HAVE ENOUGH COURAGE TO RIDE A BIKE IF YOU WERE A FISH?  WHAT DO YOU THINK SONNY DOES ABOUT HIS CURIOSITY?  A FUN BOOK FULL OF IMAGINATIONAND UNDERWATER ADVENTURE. PAUL PITERSKI'S CAPTIVATING WATERCOLORS ENHANCE THE PLEASURE OF READING THIS BOOK. PLUS THE INTERESTING VIEW WE ARE GIVEN OF OURSELVES AS HUMAN BEINGS FROM A FISH'S VIEW. ALL THESE FEATURES MAKE, LIKE A FISH ON A BIKE A WORTHWILE EXPERIENCE FOR KIDS YOUNG AND OLD AND IN-BETWEEN"  

     THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW  "IN LIKE A FISH ON A BIKE! , THE HAND OF FATE INTERRUPTS THE DAILY ROUTINE OF A LITTLE FISH NAMED SONNY.  THE STORY TEXT BY BRAHM AND PAUL PITERSKI IS WRITTEN LIKE A SHORT SCREENPLAY. EACH LINKED SCENE COMPACT, AND YOUNG READERS AGE 6-10 WILL ENJOY PAUL PITERSKI'S FOURTEEN STORY-BOARD STYLE WATERCOLOR ILLUSTRATIONS"

    CHERRY VALLEY BOOKS REVIEW BY SUSAN SHORT  "SONNY THE FISH CAN REMEMBER BEFORE THE TWO- LEGGERS BEGAN SHOWING UP ON A REGULAR BASIS. BUT HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN AMUSED BY THE ANTICS OF THE TWO- LEGGERS, ESPECIALLY THEIR ATTEMPTS AT SWIMMING. " LIKE A FISH ON ABIKE" , HE ALWAYS SAID.  BUT WHEN A BICYCLE IS THROWN INTO THE LAKE WHERE HE LIVES, HIS LIFE IS SUDDENLY CHANGED.  MAYBE A FISH COULD RIDE A BIKE. LIKE A FISH ON A BIKE IS A CHARMING STORY WITH A LOT OF LEARNING PACKED INTO A SMALL PACKAGE. SONNY HAS LEARNED TO ACCEPT HIS WORLD AGAIN. THERE ARE SMALL LESSONS ABOUT ECOLOGY, POLLUTION, EVEN VOCABULARY. THE WATERCOLOR ILLUSTRATIONS ARE LOVELY, AND SURE TO PLEASE CHILDREN AND ADULTS ALIKE.

    BORDERS.COM  CHILDREN'S LITERATURE  REVIEW BY KAREN PORTER  " THIS CHARMING STORY OF SONNY THE FISH TOUCHES ON ENVIRONMENTALISM WHILE FOCUSING ON ONE INDIVIDUAL'S STRUGGLE TO RECOGNIZE HIS OWN STRENGTHS. WHEN A BIKE IS DROPPED INTO SONNY'S LAKE, HE BECOMES OBSESSED WITH IT. AN OLDER FISH DISMISSES IT AS "MORE POLLUTION, BUT SONNY WANTS TO RIDE IT. WHEN HE DISCOVERS HE IS NOT STRONG ENOUGH TO TO PUSH IT, HE BEGINS A PROGRAM OF MUSCLE BUILDING, WHICH IS NOT SUCCESSFUL. ONLY WHEN THE BIKE IS PULLED OUT OF THE WATER BY THE LAKE CUSTODIAN DOES SONNY BEGIN TO LIST HIS STRENGTHS (SWIMMING BACKWARDS AND SIDEWAYS) AND ACCEPT THAT HE WAS NOT MADE TO RIDE A BIKE. THE STORY IS ACCENTED BY EXPRESSIVE WATERCOLORS AND INCLUDES FOOTNOTE DEFINITIONS OF SOME MORE DIFFICULT WORDS.

     THE MOST PERSONAL REVIEWS CAME FROM MR. ROGERS, WHO SENT ME A VERY NICE ( OF COURSE) LETTER. HE SAID HE WOULD KEEP THE BOOK IN HIS LIBRARY AND MENTIONED THAT HE AND HIS WIFE GRADUATED FROM THE SAME COLLEGE (ROLLINS) AS MY SON, BRAHM.           THE SWEETEST REVIEWS CAME FROM A 3RD GRADE CREATIVE WRITTING CLASS, THAT I READ FOR. THE ENTIRE CLASS SENT ME THEIR VERSIONS OF THE BOOK, COMPLETE WITH ARTWORK, THANK YOU NOTES AND KUDOS.

         PRE-PRODUTION:  I HAVE A LOT OF CONTACTS IN THE INDUSTRY THEREFORE CASTING AND PRODUCTION WILL BE ON TIME AND ON BUDGET. I WILL HAVE A YOUNG BOY OR GIRL DO SONNY'S VOICEOVER AND I HAVE A COUPLE OF ACTOR FRIENDS WHO CAN DO CATFISH JUSTICE. THREE TEEN, WHOOPI GOLDBERG TYPES WILL CHATTER (CLICKING, GURGLE ,POPING AND BUBBLING SOUNDS WITH OCCASIONAL UNINTELIGABLE GIBBERISH, AS THE NOSEY PERCH GOSSIP. THE SOUNDTRACK MUSIC WILL BE ORIGINAL AND THAT HAS BEEN SET.            

         I HAVE HAD A MEETING WITH N.O.A.A. ( THE PLANET CUSTODIANS) AND AM PITCHING SONNY AS THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL SPOKESFISH (ALA, SMOKEY THE BEAR) SMOKEY HANDLES THE WOODLANDS AND SONNY CAN HANDLE THE WATERS! I WILL ALSO PITCH THE NETWORKS FOR A CHILDREN'S T.V. SERIES BASED ON THE STORY. NEW PLOTS WILL BE EASY TO DEVELOP ( SONNY'S FIRST ROMANCE, OBESEITY, HOW THEY REACT WHEN A NEW BLACK FISH IS IS INTRODUCED INTO THE LAKE? , ETC. )

         I WILL AVOID OVER-STIMULATION, AND I AM NOT INTERESTED IN GIMMICKS OR SPECIAL EFFECTS. THIS WILL BE  "QUIET TIME" STORY TELLING.

THE VIDEO IS A HOME VIDEO OF THE ENTIRE STORY. THATS ME, TRYING TO RECORD THE NOSEY PERCH GOSSIPING, EXSCUSE THE POSTURE, BUT I WAS TRYING TO AVOID GETTING A NAIL IN MY HEAD.

I THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. SINCERLY, Paul Piterski aka Paul J Darby, ACTUALLY, WE BOTH THANK YOU. 

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    A FULL COLOR REFRIGERATOR MAGNET. LARGE SIZE (5 1/2" WIDE X 4 1/4" HIGH) WITH THE PICTURE OF SONNY NIPPING DOWN
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    THE DVD, WITH YOUR NAME IN THE SPECIAL THANKS CREDITS + AN 18 X 24 POSTER OF THE FRONT COVER OF THE BOOK, SIGNED BY MY SON AND I (PERSONALIZED UPON REQUEST ) + THE LARGE 51/2 X 41/4 REFRIGERATOR MAGNET, WITH SONNY NIPPING DOWN (EATING ) WITH THE BOOKS TEXT UNDERNEATH " SO AFTER A DOUBLE HELPING OF PEPPIN AND A SHORT NAP, HE BEGAN WORKING OUT "

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    THE ORIGINAL DUMMY BOOK USED TO GUIDE PRINTING + THREE SIGNED ORIGINAL FRAMED WATERCOLORS, CONSISTING OF:
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