Not Even The Sky Is The LIMIT by Denise Zarrella

11 Oct

Happy Friday everyone! I have got an awesome picture book to tell you about today! But first…

SOoo, what did you do last night?


Oh, I did the usual, you know, homework, reading, ate dinner, read more (I now have 34 Reading for Renn points from taking another test today!), got a shower, and went to hang out for a while with Rick Riordan, you know all the stuff I normally do.


You didn’t get that last part?

Let me type it a bit louder –


okay i's not the best picture - I was too excited to think about photography!

OK – it’s not the best picture – I was too excited to think about photography!

Hey what’s even cooler than that? Well, not only did I get to go hear one of my all-time favorite authors speak (and get a signed book), Josie and I got to meet and have dinner with the Stanley and Katrina gang! Tomato and Pea got to meet Stanley and Katrina too!


left to right – Pea, Awesome Friend, Stanley, Josie, Katrina, Tomato, and Neighbor Girl


Neighbor Girl signed a copy of The Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets for me!

All of us with our books!

All of us with our books!

What did I learn after hearing Mr. Riordan speak? Well, he and his wife had the same hair-do in college, he was a bad student, but a good middle grade teacher who looked pretty cool dressed up like a samurai and he likes enchiladas. πŸ™‚

We all had a ton of fun! I want to thank my mom for taking us and Cool Mom of the S&K gang for getting the tickets!

Enough with this silliness! It’s time for


Wait no it isn’t! First I must announce the winner of Sir Princess Petra’s Talent by Diane Mae Robinson (see my review HERE).

prncesspetThe winner is –

Miss Barbara of the GradeONEderful blog!!! YAY! I will be emailing you to get your address so we can send you your book!

NOWΒ –Β it’s time for PPBF! πŸ˜€

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of β€œperfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it has a message that every adult and child should hear!

Not Even the Sky cover

Not Even The Sky Is The LIMIT

by Denise Zarrella

photography by David Uschold

34 pages – ages 4+

Published by Halo Publishing International 2013

Theme/Topic – Acceptance / Equality / Special Needs

Opening and Synopsis –

Taken from the press release –

Not Even The SKY Is The LIMIT, is a book showcasing the abilities of children and adults with Down Syndrome. The book is the result of the author’s own beautiful journey to find out what life with her daughter would be like. Turn the pages and you’ll see that people with Down Syndrome are able to enjoy doing everything everyone else does. In fact, as you see here, not even the sky is the limit!”

Why IΒ liked this book – I like that it shows people with Down Syndrome doing everyday things and something I can’t do (shoot hoops – totally horrible at this) or wish I could do (skydive). Β The book shows pictures of people of all ages. The pages are full color photographs with simple text on them, with simple messages. I think it is a great book to show kids people are really all the same even if they look or act differently from ourselves. This is an important message that all people should hear.

The book’s trailer has some nice pictures from the inside –

Activities and Resources –

There are a TON of activities and resources listed at Project Unify of The Special Olympics site! Click HERE for student and teacher resources. Resources for educators (click HERE).

You can also “Spread the Word to End the Word” and take the pledge to stop using the hurtful r-word! I took it! Did you? Click HERE!

Other information –

Follow Denise Zarrella at her website HERE.

Visit the publisher’s website HERE.

You can find out more about Denise Zarrella, her book and World of Ink Author/Book Tour at

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blogΒ  HERE!

50 Responses to “Not Even The Sky Is The LIMIT by Denise Zarrella”

  1. stanleyandkatrina October 11, 2013 at 7:38 am #

    Holy Cow, Erik! How did you get pictures posted already? You are ah-mazing. We had so much fun meeting you, Josie and your mother. Hmm…guess we need to get to uploading some pictures! If anyone out there is wondering, yes, Erik is just as cool in person. What an honor to meet you all. I need to now wake up the pets and get Neighbor Girl’s feedback on S&K’s post.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 11, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

      Smoldering Smidges! You guys got here fast! πŸ™‚ And thanks for telling people I’m cool. πŸ˜†


  2. Joanne Roberts October 11, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    You had me at the title, but now that I know what “Not Even the Sky” is about, it’s a must-read. Thanks for a great review. And WOW, Rick Riordan sounds like an amazing person up close!


  3. clarbojahn October 11, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    More amazing books!

    Love that you got to hear and get a signed book from Rick Riordan. I have GOT to check out his books!!

    Love your photos, too, brightened up my day. Glad you are having fun. πŸ™‚


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 11, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

      Mr. Riordan is hilarious! Neighbor Girl and Awesome Friend were great fun too! πŸ˜€


      • clarbojahn October 13, 2013 at 10:02 am #

        Yes, Thanks for them, also. Loved how you featured them in the photos. We can do a lot with the support of our friends. πŸ™‚


  4. julie rowan zoch October 11, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    Lucky gang! Love the Riordan tidbits. Same hair-do – hahahaha!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 11, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

      To say the least, Mr. Riordan’s hair was… well, well past his shoulders. And he had a mustache! πŸ˜€


  5. readingwithrhythm October 11, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    Wow! A post FULL of excitement!! Excellent book choice!! Right up my alley. I have a special place in my heart for those kids, because they have big hearts! We used to go to the Special Olympics – what an incredible hugfest experience!! I’ll have to look for this book. Thanks Erik!


  6. Patricia Tilton October 11, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    There are so few books for kids with Downs Syndrome — believe me, I’ve searched. Most are guides for parents. This feels like a nonfiction book showing real kids and their abilities. The author has had quite a career in broadcast news. I really love this book and will get a copy. I like the pledge idea too. Great activity suggestions Erik.

    Glad you had such a good time meeting your favorite author Rick Riordan! Sounds like a fun evening.

    Congratulations to Barbara on winning Sir Princess Petra book.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 11, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

      I think it would be great for everyone to read this book. I really like the idea, and that it shows us that we are all equal. πŸ™‚ Just to clear it up, this book has adults and kids in the book, since I don’t think I explained it that well in the review. Mr. Riordan was a nice guy, as were the S&K Gang (though only Stanley was a guy. πŸ™‚ )! πŸ˜€


  7. Genevieve Petrillo October 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    What a cool book to review. Mom says that book belongs in every classroom in America. I am a little afraid of the sky. Once I saw a blimp and I’m pretty sure it was trying to kill me.

    Love and licks,


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 11, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

      Oh, I’m sure you won’t be killed by a blimp Cupcake. I don’t think anything would even TRY to kill such a cute doggy like you, Cupcake. πŸ™‚ Except for Josie. Of course, she’d do it unintentionally, but still… Ummm… How are you Cupcake? Want some bacon? Have some more! Ummmm… Bedtime for me! G’night! *scoots off screen*


  8. Wendy Greenley October 11, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    You find great books, Erik! I wondered if there was any text or just photos? Another reason to go find a copy. . .


  9. stanleyandkatrina October 11, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    Congratulations to Miss Barbara on winning the giveaway. What a great picture book recommendation, Erik. We were so excited about the pictures that we didn’t even comment on your picture book recommendation in our earlier comment! Have a great weekend.
    ~Cool Mom/Christine M.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 11, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

      Thank you Cool Mom! – You’re even cooler in real life! πŸ˜€ Thanks for the tickets! πŸ™‚


  10. Joanna October 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    What? You did all that? And on a school night to boot! Awesome!

    Great title, and sounds like a super read for anyone. How empowering.


  11. Kirsten Larson October 11, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    Woo hoo! You got to meet Rick Riordan. And if you are up to 34 Renn points, that must mean I owe you $6.80 to date. Good thing I had a few writing jobs come in this week. I can’t keep up!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 11, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

      Put down that checkbook – I just finished 2 AR books that I’ll take tests for on Tuesday and I have 3 whole days without school to read! Prepare to be amazed! πŸ˜‰


  12. Beth Stilborn October 11, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    How exciting that you got to meet Rick Riordan! Great pictures — thank you for sharing them.

    Your PPBF pick sounds totally excellent. There need to be more books like this to show everyone that Down Syndrome kids, and kids with other challenges, can do all kinds of things.

    Yay for more AR points!!!


  13. patientdreamer October 11, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    wow! this sounds like you had a busy time of late, Erik. Love your choice of book for PPBF this week. Have you ever heard of StarJam? It’s a charity that creates limelight opportunities for people with disabilities. (They are a customer of mine, although I have known of them for quite some time before) They also have a facebook page. Anyway back to your review, awesome and love the links. Lucky you to get to meet Rick Riordan. Congrats to Barbara for the win!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 11, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

      I’ve never heard of StarJam – they sound like a great organization, though! πŸ™‚ I’ll check out the FB page! πŸ™‚


  14. Michelle Isenhoff October 11, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    Awesome! An evening with Rick Riordan! (Gosh, he looks like my neighbor guy. His name is Rick, too. Maybe Rick Riordan masquerades as a carpenter/counter top layer?) Those hair-dos from way back, most are better left forgotten. πŸ™‚

    This sounds like a super book. We have a Down Syndrome lady at our church. She is the sweetest thing. Very emotional. Happies are very happy. Sads are always teary. She works at Burger King and competes in Special Olympics. Neat lady. It’s important for kids to see these are valuable human beings.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 16, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

      The lady sounds very nice! πŸ™‚ Hmm… About Rick the Neighbor… Does he have a son or two? (Mr. Riordan has 2) πŸ™‚ And has he ever dressed up as a samurai? πŸ˜‰


  15. Jarm Del Boccio October 11, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    Just goes to show you that everyone is precious in God’s eyes. Thanks for reviewing this very special picture book, Erik!


  16. Darlene October 12, 2013 at 1:18 am #

    You sure do a lot in one day!! So pleased you got to meet a favourite author. I’m sure he was pleased to meet you too. We authors love meeting our fans.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 16, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

      Well, I didn’t really “meet” him… I just “saw” him. πŸ™‚ I’m a fan who would like to meet you too! πŸ˜€


  17. swlothian October 12, 2013 at 2:28 am #

    A little birdie (S&K) told me about your Rick Riordan night.
    It must have been great to see him, and to have a signed book is a great treasure to keep.


  18. Catherine Johnson October 12, 2013 at 2:42 am #

    Wow you met Rick Riordan! You are living the dream, Erik. Love his bio! Your book choice is great too.


  19. Stacy S. Jensen October 12, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    That’s awesome that you met Rick Riordan! Yay! This book sounds awesome too.


  20. Penny Parker Klostermann October 12, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    Thanks for sharing a book with a really important message. I hope my library has this one. It’s on my list!
    Thanks, too, for sharing fun facts about Rick Riordan. My favorite is that he and his wife had the same hair-do in college, Very funny! How fun to hang out with him!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 16, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

      Mr. Riordan is hilarious! I laughed the whole entire show! πŸ™‚ This is a great book for everyone. πŸ™‚


  21. jama October 12, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    What an exciting post! Rick Riordan — long hair, mustache and enchiladas!! A signed book! Wow.

    The Down Syndrome book is much needed — enjoyed hearing about it and watching the video. πŸ™‚


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 16, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

      This is a great book, Ms. Rattigan. πŸ™‚ Mr. Riordan looked pretty cool in college, but then he got a job as a teacher, and had to cut his hair and shave the ‘stache… But then he could accurately dress up as a samurai, and grow a cool ‘stache & goatee πŸ™‚


  22. viviankirkfield October 12, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

    This is a wonderful choice for PPBF, Erik! And thanks for sharing your evening…you are a gifted and talented writer, so I know it was exciting to meet an author you so admire. πŸ™‚


  23. Susanna Leonard Hill October 13, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    This book looks fantastic, Erik! The book trailer was great, and I loved seeing some of the photographs. What a wonderful choice. Thanks so much for adding this one to our list!


  24. Myra GB November 7, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    Look at you having dinner with three girls! Such a heartbreaker! I can sense your excitement about hearing Rick Riordan speak. πŸ™‚ Enchiladas are the best aren’t they? Love them too. Except, I think I’m allergic to jalapeΓ±os which is really sad because I so love them. πŸ™‚


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 8, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

      That was a lot of fun! I love all mexican food – the real stuff not taco bell (well I like taco bell too but that’s not the point). We went to El Paso Texas last year and I had THE BEST mexican food there. Hmm now I am hungry. πŸ˜‰


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