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Kevin and the Seven Lions

(Kevin's Books #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  393 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Nearly being eaten by dinosaurs, shot at by aliens, nearly drowned by a giant squid, all while trying to pay attention in school is a normal day for Kevin. How does Mrs. Calvin, his teacher, keep Kevin on task?
Paperback, 46 pages
Published January 16th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published January 1st 2013)
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As a former daydreamer in class (and now a daydreamer at work, on the bus, walking home... oops!) and someone who loves to both read and write, I wholeheartedly approve of this little story about a boy whose teacher encourages him to channel his daydreaming into writing.

Unfortunately it's not quite without its flaws. The illustrations are really very good and have been well-converted into ebook format. The text, however, could use a little work. It wasn't terrible, but there were some grammat
Ian Wood
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
Barbara Ann
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kevin is a third grade student who finds it hard to focus. Whether the subject is math, writing or science, he is constantly daydreaming of interesting situations like being chased by dinosaurs, sailing a submarine, traveling in outer space or taming wild lions. Luckily for Kevin, his teacher, Mrs. Calvin, realizes his dilemma. Instead of scolding, she gives him a blank notebook to record his thoughts whenever he daydreams. That evening Kevin's parents are puzzled when he goes directly to his ro ...more
A neat book about how a child's imagination can be beautifully nurtured by attentive grown-ups. Also had nice illustrations which is not always customary in a free Kindle ebook. Wish the main daydream that the story focuses on was not about the little boy, Kevin, being a lion tamer. All that whip cracking against the animals did not sit too well with me, especially as there could have been a multitude of cool, alternative scenarios that avoided violence or captive animals. Overall I still think ...more
J.L. Slipak
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book could have been titled, J.L. and the Seven Lions! I was exactly like little Kevin and I know other readers will relate to this lad. Wonderful concept, filled with adventures and risks, just the right things a child Kevin's age will relate to.

Some issues with the writing but by no means does it destroy the concept produced here. With a bit of editing, this book will be fantastic for the traditional market, or the indie market. I can see kids scooping this book up simply because of the
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
"Kevin and the Seven Lions" is an extraordinary tale about a young boy who liked to day dream too much. I am sure that each reader, no matter how young or how old, can relate in one way or another too this story.

One day, when Kevin was in class, his teacher had an amazing idea to help the little man turn his wandering mind into something constructive. She presented young Kevin with a journal and every time his mind strayed away he was supposed to write down those thoughts to capture them.

I beli
E.C. Kraeft
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Kevin loves to daydream, but feels guilty when he gets caught doing it. One day he is surprised when his teacher becomes interested in his daydreams and asks him to write them down in a notebook.
Any little reader will find a connection with Kevin, making this a meaningful read. Although the punctuation threw me off at times, I really enjoyed the messages in this book. Also, I thought the illustrations were wonderful.
Joshua Winton
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great for imaginations!

I wish I had a teacher like this! The encouraging adults in this story make it a great read for my kids. I'm off to search for more great ones like this, and thank you to the author for being a day dreamer!
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun and easy to read

Great for kids and fun to read, will recommend to all! Excellent for bed time reading and kids will easily relate to the story and the world of great imagination
Kinda weird

Kevin daydreams too often in class, but a creative teacher helps him to turn those daydreams into creative stories. Neat idea, but the way this book is written just wasn't to my taste.
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspiration for kids and adults

Great book, I highly recommended this one. Going to get it for other kids in the family as well as mine.
Elizabeth Meadows
Engaging for my five year old

A simple story from the point of view of a little boy named Kevin. Kept my preschooler engaged for the whole story.
Julia Lenhard
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great pictures great story

My 2 year old grandson loved the story and the awesome pictures. It held his attention and I enjoyed reading it.
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was received as a result of a First read Giveaway.

I am shamed to admit it, but I'm a mom who kept making her husband check the mail for this book. Should an adult be this excited about receiving a children's book? Why...yes!!! I tore open the packaging and read it immediately. I did enjoy it and I as a daydreamer could relate to Kevin and was happy to see the suggestion that his teacher gives to him in the end and what he is able to discover about himself. I love that even Kevin's pare
This was a wonderful book on so many rounds and I am happy that I chose to download the Kindle one while it is free. The book takes the scenario of a young boy daydreaming in class, which is a bit cliché but the ending is nothing short of cliché.

The author and illustrator make a great team together. Martin's words are easy to read, to understand and to get into while the daydreams add another dimension of stories to the story that you are already reading. Meanwhile Carla's illustrations are so
A.E. Curzon
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kevin, our main character, is a young boy unable to stop himself from daydreaming, especially when in school. He drifts away constantly during lessons into a world of dinosaurs, submarines, spaceships and lions. Kevin’s teacher, Mrs Calvin, is repeatedly trying to get his attention. Finally she comes up with an idea, and gives Kevin a notebook asking him to write down his dreams as they occur. Kevin is suspicious of this request at first, but when some interest is shown in his stories by his par ...more
Courtney Hendrix
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a future teacher, I really enjoyed this book. Kevin, a student in Mrs. Calvin's class, often finds himself daydreaming in class. One day, Mrs. Calvin see's that it is starting to cause a problem even after she tries to get him to refocus multiple times a day. She then decides that instead of telling him to stop daydreaming that he should write down what he is daydreaming about in a journal. The only problem is that he forgets his daydreams by the time he gets home that night. Therefore, Mrs. ...more
A. Hunt
I think this book shares the life of a child who's got an extremely short attention span. What do you do and how can you help him/her feel they can take control? Kevin and the Seven Lions, by Martin Tiller does just that.

This book is an adorable way to get children to find a way to control a bad habit, one we all suffer from: Daydreaming. Kevin's schoolteacher understands he's got a small problem that distracts him from learning. Instead of chastizing him, she finds a way to tap into his creativ
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books-read
Kevin daydreams almost constantly in class and out. His third grade teacher is constantly calling his name, trying to get him back on task. Then she comes up with an idea, and she tells Kevin to write down every daydream immediately after he dreams it. He's puzzled by her request until he starts to write, then he gets into it so much that he can't stop writing until he finishes his daydream. His parents notice his strange behavior; they've never seen him so involved in writing. When they questio ...more
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthony
Cute story showing that it is ok to use your imagination, and an example oh how to embrace it.
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this fun little story about Kevin, a young boy who often finds himself distracted in wonderful daydreams. Kevin is used to getting in trouble for his daydreams, but a very wise teacher helps Kevin to explore those dreams and write them down. Having a daughter with ADD I really enjoyed the way this author shed a positive light on the challenges of being distracted. I am sure that children will identify with Kevin. The illustrations are fun and add well to the story. I would highl ...more
Apr 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-fiction
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Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Illustrations and story were fabulous! There are a handful of grammatical errors, though.
The story flowed smoothly. Enjoyable five minute read.
Malik Scott
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Six year old started reading and did not stop...!!!!

My son got an Amazon Fire tablet this Christmas as a present. For homework each night he is suppose to read. I found some books for him, and this was the first book he read. I thought I would have to force him to read a few pages but once he started reading he said he did not want to stop until the end!!!! Yes yes yes! I love reading and I hope this is a good start to our many years of sharing reading together!!!!
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
A pretty good book and an enjoyable one at that! I think that this book teaches many lessons
1. Thats its okay to have an imagination
2. Great writers have an imagination
3. Teachers should always try to help troubled students
I think this book also brings awareness to ADHD and ADD
Chandra Vice
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was very cute. I actually tried the same trick with my own imaginative kid, but it didn't work. I'm a little disappointed in the grammar and punctuation, considering this was written by a teacher. That's the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars.
Mary Deb
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We are daydreamers too!

Our 7 & 9 year old grandsons enjoyed reading this story. They could relate to Kevin's daydreaming, and they love to tell us about their own imaginary adventures. Now we will try writing them down.
Rhonda Patton
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting book on daydreaming.

The book was about a little boy who daydreams in class. His imagination is so incredible. I will not tell you about the adventure but it is a great one for readers. I highly recommend this book for kids ages 6-10
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful imagination

Kevin who was in third grade had s vivid imagination, but his daydreams during school were s problem. His teacher came up with a brilliant solution so Kevin could share his stories and get his work done at school
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
The author has a firm grasp of the daydreaming student. The artwork and text work well together and the story conflict is solved in a positive way through a suggestion from the classroom teacher. This would be a great read aloud book in the classroom or at bedtime.
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