- "Francois was the storyteller on TKK Trimulia HITS Bandung' Book Character Day. He told a story from his book, "The Junglies Haunt a Castle". Our students from 2-6 years old were in awe when he told his story. Francois and his wife, Karina, also opened a booth during the Book Week event. Kids love his books and Karina's craft kits very much. We sincerely thank Francois and Karina for making our Book Week memorable. May your passions grow deeper each day, may your stories reach and warm more children's hearts and be part of their childhood joy. God bless you." - Ms. Aishiko, Curriculum Co-ordinator, Sekolah Kristen TriMulia, Bandung, Indonesia
- "Storytelling by Francois Keyser dan Art & Craft workshopnya by Kreative Keo sungguh merupakan kegiatan yang positif dan menyenangkan. Storytelling sangat membantu dalam merangsang imajinasi dan art n craftnya melatih motorik halus anak2. Kegiatan2 seperti ini membuat anak2 belajar bersosialisasi dan tidak selalu terjebak pada gadget. Saya sangat suka dan mendukung kegiatan2 seperti ini diperbanyak. Terima kasih Francois dan Kreative Keo" (Translated - "Storytelling by Francois Keyser and Arts and Crafts workshops by Kreative Keo are really fun and positive activities. Storytelling is helpful to stimulate the imagination and art and crafts train children's fine motor skills. Activities like this make children socialise more and spend less time with gadgets. I really like and support activities like this. Thank you Francois and Kreative Keo." - Ibu Chink, Station 8, Bandung Indonesia.
- "Shanaya loved the book and has added it to her bed time favourite reads. Thank you!" - Comment received from Mr Jain in Singapore for "The Junglies Collection".
- "Hi, my name is Daniela and I was suggested by my friend Mandy to read your book. I'm a new mom so I'm trying to learn more about books and games for kids so that I can be prepared for when my baby will be able to play and understand. She's only 1 month old :) I just finished to read your book "Tiger loses his stripes" and i love it. I like the idea of the audio books. The imagines of the book are very nice and I'm sure kids will like it as well.... I can say the same about the story; Simple as I think it has to be for kids and meaningful. I think it's important that kids read and/or parents read books like this to their children so that they can learn the importance of always say the true, don't lie and admit when we make a mistake. I'm sure I will read one of your books to my baby! So congrats again for your book :)" - Daniela M, new mother.
- "...... I did read your book, and I thought it was awesome! I also read the book to my friend s kids between 4-9 and the younger two loved it so much they wanted me to read it to them again!" - Orla, Life Coach
- "These books seem like a great (and different) way to introduce the concept of cultural diversity to children. Very sweet...." - Renee@MDBR (Feedback from published author interview).
- "...So interesting that the author was inspired by his daughter's soft toy. These toys of our childhoods can have such significance!" - Katie (Feedback from published author interview).
- "Tiger Loses His Stripes is a charming story about a group of jungle animals who learn what it means to be a true friend. Aga is devastated when he notices his stripes are missing. His cries alert his friends and they join him in the search. It isn't until the Jungle Man shows them the photo he snapped that they discover the truth. Tiger Loses His Stripes is an inspiring story that teaches little ones the importance of honesty and admitting when you're wrong. The illustrations are bright and colorful and children will find the animals appealing. Parents will also like the valuable lessons the story instills. I recommend picking up a copy." - 5 star review on Amazon from Stacy Theis, creator of Beach Bound Books and author of Make a Wish and The Blue Daisy.
Review for "The Tickle Tree"
"The Tickle Tree" by Francois Keyser is a delightful illustrated story, written in poetry form, about a tree fondly known as "The Tickle Tree," and an adorable garden gnome, named No-Me.
Kayleigh, a young disabled girl, and her family are overjoyed when they move into their new house. For Kayleigh, the garden is her favorite place as it offers her a means of escaping the difficulty she has in making friends with the other children at her new school.
At first, she creates an imaginary world where she can talk to No-Me, but is soon shocked to find that No-Me is no ordinary garden gnome. He truly can talk, walk, and has feelings - in the same way she does! At the time of making this discovery, she also learns that the tree has magical powers too and is able to tickle people and make them laugh.
I believe Francois Keyser’s The Tickle Tree will capture young children’s imaginations and will in turn make them laugh. The Tickle Tree could be an excellent aid for teachers in Key Stage 1 to use in their classrooms as Francois Keyser’s poem is a great way for children, aged 5-7 years, to become more accepting of the needs of others, especially those who have special educational needs or disabilities. I am sure The Tickle Tree is the type of story that will be fondly talked about and remembered by all who read it, and will be passed down to generations, just as Kayleigh shared the tree's secret with her children and grandchildren. I found it to be very delightful.
Thank You to Chris-Jean Clarke for her review. This review will be posted on Amazon once "The Tickle Tree" has been published.
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