Ambition’s Not an Awful Word
written by Zack Zage
illustrated by Adam Watkins
When Mrs. Grundy asks the students in her fourth grade class what they want to be when they grow up, Zack Zage goes all out. To his dismay, his precocious dreams are met with less than glowing enthusiasm.
Everything about this book is AMAZING!
Very rarely do I read a book that speaks to me let alone one that shouts to me. This is one of those books. The quality of the book is top notch and the story is one every child, overachiever or not, should read.
When I was a kid, maybe 11 or 12, a teacher of mine told me I wouldn’t amount to anything. She was a horrible old woman that was bitter and angry for no reason but it hurt me. Things teacher’s say to children make an impact whether those things be good or bad. Was I a great test taker? No. Was I awesome at math? No way. Was I good at writing? You betcha. But, this teacher, she was my reading teacher and she didn’t like my stories one bit. She thought I was too fantastical. She thought I was too wrapped up in my own head.
Well, when I published my first book at 17 I would have loved to shove it in her face to show her just what I had become. Every child dreams. Every child has high hopes and it is no one’s place to crush them. For a child, reason does not exist. Nor should it have to. If you want to own the moon, baby, it’s yours! If you want to be the best doctor in the world, you can be.
This book says, “Don’t listen to the naysayers. Keep your chin up and keep dreaming.” All of our dreams can come true if we just block out the negativity and let them.
Ivy Court Press is the publisher of this book and I am putting it in a special place for my daughter when she is old enough to comprehend it. It’s a special book of inspiration in the face of negativity. I loved it. It’s a five star book for sure!