Friday, April 15, 2011

Klutzy Kantor Fun with J. Aday Kennedy

It's my pleasure to share with you a little about author J. Aday Kennedy and Klutzy Kantor, the star of one of her children's books, and his theme song, "Go Me!"

Aday describes herself as a "differently-abled" writer and speaker. Being a ventilator dependent quadriplegic doesn't stop her from being an accomplished author, motivational and inspirational speaker, and a whiz at creative marketing ideas, which she shares with other authors. I never cease to be amazed at what she can accomplish and her quick wit and wonderful sense of humor.

That great sense of humor is evident in Klutzy Kantor, a fun story about a clumsy flying horse who is, as you might guess, a complete klutz! He is also quite clever and must come up with the answer to a riddle to get a leprechaun to grant his wish to stop being so clumsy. Klutzy, like his author, teaches a good lesson about dealing with life's challenges. Delightful and colorful illustrations by Jack Foster add to the great appeal of this book, which is published by Guardian Angel Publishing.

You can visit to learn more about Aday's writing and books on her website and blog.

Here is a video for your enjoyment featuring Klutzy Kantor and his song, followed by a dance activity. Have fun!

Story Time Stomp Activity
Divide the students into three groups.
¨ Group 1 – Begin chanting the rhyme and snapping their fingers on each syllable.
¨ Group 2 – Begin chanting after Group 1 completes the first sentence then group 2 can begin to chant and clap each syllable.
¨ Group 3 – Begin chanting after Group 2 completes the first sentence then group 3 can begin to chant and stomp each syllable.

Do you have ants in your pants?
Do the Klutzy Kantor dance.
Come along and follow me,
But watch out for that big tree.
It’s the Klutzy Kantor beat.
My hooves are like four left feet.
I fly and splat into trees.
Clap your hands and stomp your feet
It’s the Klutzy Kantor beat.
Clap your hands and stomp your feet
It’s the Klutzy Kantor beat.
Clap your hands and stomp your feet
It’s the Klutzy Kantor beat.


Magic Carpet of 16x Books said...

Great interview Connie. Jessica is an awesome person.

Margot’s Magic Carpet
Kids Books With a WOW Factor!

Carol said...

Looks like a wonderful book by an even more wonderful author! Love the illustrations and the video, lot of fun!

MrBibleHead said...

Great fun and wonderful post Connie! Go Jes!

Unknown said...

This looks terrific, and kudos to you both! I hope the book does well for you, Jessica. You are an inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Thanks everyone. LeFerna Walch of the Character Studio DOT com co wrote the song and gave Klutzy Kantor a voice. Jack Foster supplied his purplishess good looks. I think we made a heck of a trio.
J. Aday Kennedy
The Differently-Abled Writer & Speaker
Children's Author of Stella the Fire Farting Dragon (April 2010)

Connie Arnold said...

Thanks for the coming by and your comments Margot, Carol, Jack and Nancy.

Jack, I love your illustrations!

Aday, I think you made a terrific trio!

Donna said...

I think my grandchildren would absolutely love this!!!

Susan Hornbach said...

Great Post Connie. I wish Jess great success with Klutzy. It's a wonderfully whimsical book for children. J.Aday is an amazing person/author/friend, and her many books will entertain children for infinite years to come. God Bless you Jess, you're just an awesome human being!

PK HREZO said...

Aw, my kids would love it!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Great post! Klutzy sounds like a wonderful book. Jessica sounds like an amazing person.

Talli Roland said...

Wow! What an inspirational author!

Unknown said...

Wow, so cool! It's so nice that they're making it media friendly for the children.

Connie Arnold said...

Thanks for all the comments. I'm sure your grandkids would love it, Donna, and your kids, Pk!

Susan, Sharon, and Talli I agree that she is amazing and inspiring!

Clarissa, Guardian Angel Publishing has been providing different formats for children's books since before e-books became so popular.

Amy said...

So cute!!

Lenny Lee said...

hi miss connie! wow neat book for sure. that video is sooooo cool and i love the bouncy kids music. the pics are fun. klutzy is cool but miss jessica is way cooler!
...hugs from lenny

Connie Arnold said...

Thanks for coming by, Amy. Yes, it's sure cute!

Lenny, so nice to see you've been here. I agree that Jessica is cooler! Hugs to you too!

Anonymous said...

I should have told you for the post. Duh! The song is available as an MP3 dowwnload for $.99 at Yahoo and on my website Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments.
J. Aday Kennedy
The Differently-Abled Writer & Speaker
Children's Author of Stella the Fire Farting Dragon (April 2010)