by Greg Pattridge, Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays
"1. Sean is an only child in a two parent family. Nothing unusual
there except this set-up is far from my usual MG selections this
year. It’s just nice to read about a family who have become
friends and support each other.
2. Could a 13-year old kid get the attention of big movie
executive and trick him into thinking he has an agent? Probably
not, but Sean’s voice is so believable, funny, and teen-like, you
have to assume maybe it could happen.
3. Sean produces short podcasts and he talks about them
frequently. Even better is actually watching them online. You
can see a few of them here.
4. The story shows kids it’s okay to try something and fail.
Whether it be creative or athletic. Sean’s venture into middle
school sports lasts about one hour, but his reasons for quitting
5. Sean has friendships with a diverse group of students. He’s
not attached to any one clique and does fine with the popular
girl and the quiet boy who sits by himself in the cafeteria. You’d
be happy your kids had a friend like Sean. "
Recent Reviews and messages from readers:
by Joan Baum, Dan's Papers
"Once you get started on either book (order not crucial),
you'll know why. You'll laugh at and admire 13-year old
Sean's antics, and you'll appreciate Baron's delicious
humor and playful imagination.
From the opening lines, it’s clear that Baron’s books are
realistic and engaging, without ever being precious or
contrived, an amazing achievement for a writer who is
relatively new to children’s literature."
"Hello Mr. Baron. I remember a year or two ago, you
visited my former elementary school and talked about your
Sean Rosen books and how you created them. Being the
reader I am, I decided to read the first book and I was
immediately hooked. I read the 2nd one after and have
been waiting ever since for the third one to come out. I
remember you talked about Sean creating a video game in
the next book and I'm really excited for it."
"By the way, my parents know I am writing this email. First of
all, I love your podcasts. I think the donut ones are my
favorite. I read both of your books. I really think it is cool that
you make your own podcasts and made your own scripts
and you are making your own TV show, and on your way to
making a movie. I can tell you really worked hard to
accomplish that. Keep up the good work!"
FUNNY, ENGAGING NOVELS
FIVE THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT SEAN ROSEN
FROM AN 11-YEAR OLD BOY
I was wondering if you could
manage me for a little while. I
have a movie idea. Get back
to me soon
|AN EMAIL TO DAN WELCH
Sean's alter ego, a Hollywood manager
If there's no sound on Sean's video,
click the little speaker on the bottom left.