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I Didn't Ask to Be Creative: [BEDTIME STORY FOR CHILDREN AGES 4-8]

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Kyle and his mom have different opinions about creativity. He can't live without it, and she doesn’t have time for it. Kyle has to show his mom that using her imagination doesn’t call for too much time . As he tries to teach her that creativity is not just about making art, Mom learns that she has already made her greatest creation. Young readers will learn how their imag Kyle and his mom have different opinions about creativity. He can't live without it, and she doesn’t have time for it. Kyle has to show his mom that using her imagination doesn’t call for too much time . As he tries to teach her that creativity is not just about making art, Mom learns that she has already made her greatest creation. Young readers will learn how their imagination can help others, and even begin to understand the sacrifices that parents make every day. Remember, “As long as you love yourself and your heart is being true, creativity will always be around when you’re just being you.” – D Pittman Buy our books (personally-signed) at Cardboardclouds.com


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Kyle and his mom have different opinions about creativity. He can't live without it, and she doesn’t have time for it. Kyle has to show his mom that using her imagination doesn’t call for too much time . As he tries to teach her that creativity is not just about making art, Mom learns that she has already made her greatest creation. Young readers will learn how their imag Kyle and his mom have different opinions about creativity. He can't live without it, and she doesn’t have time for it. Kyle has to show his mom that using her imagination doesn’t call for too much time . As he tries to teach her that creativity is not just about making art, Mom learns that she has already made her greatest creation. Young readers will learn how their imagination can help others, and even begin to understand the sacrifices that parents make every day. Remember, “As long as you love yourself and your heart is being true, creativity will always be around when you’re just being you.” – D Pittman Buy our books (personally-signed) at Cardboardclouds.com

30 review for I Didn't Ask to Be Creative: [BEDTIME STORY FOR CHILDREN AGES 4-8]

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shan Salter

    @kidlitexchange #partner #bookstagram #kidlitexchange #kidlit I DIDN’T ASK TO BE CREATIVE By Dontavious Pittman (Illustrated by Max Rambaldi) Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Eight-year-old Kyle has a vivid imagination. He loves to create, pretend and enjoy everything life has to offer. He is also keenly observant, and not just for cloud formations in the sky. Kyle notices that his Mom is always focused on chores and her to-do list a @kidlitexchange #partner #bookstagram #kidlitexchange #kidlit I DIDN’T ASK TO BE CREATIVE By Dontavious Pittman (Illustrated by Max Rambaldi) Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Eight-year-old Kyle has a vivid imagination. He loves to create, pretend and enjoy everything life has to offer. He is also keenly observant, and not just for cloud formations in the sky. Kyle notices that his Mom is always focused on chores and her to-do list and never spares time for creative endeavors. He encourages her to take the time to get in touch with her creative side. The illustrations are fun and the story, although text heavy, has an important message to tell. This would be a great book for a child to present to a busy parent or caregiver as a gentle reminder to carve out quality time together and savor life.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Bookman

    The big-picture message was cute, and the images were well done. But some of the forced-rhyme was a bit awkward (and unnecessary), and the text was difficult to read (size/shape/font). I liked it more than my audience, who got bored halfway through. Perhaps since I enjoyed the focus on the parent more than I think most kids would.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of I Didn’t Ask to be Creative. All opinions are my own. Do you ever get caught up in the daily hustle and bustle and find that you aren’t making time for your own creativity? This is a picture book that young children will enjoy, but it holds such an important message for adults too. Eight-year-old Kyle uses his imagination to be creative all day, and he encourages his mom to be creative too. She is busy with putti @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of I Didn’t Ask to be Creative. All opinions are my own. Do you ever get caught up in the daily hustle and bustle and find that you aren’t making time for your own creativity? This is a picture book that young children will enjoy, but it holds such an important message for adults too. Eight-year-old Kyle uses his imagination to be creative all day, and he encourages his mom to be creative too. She is busy with putting away groceries, making dinner, and being a mom. Can Kyle show her the importance of creativity, even when you’re grown up? When it comes to creativity, Pittman’s character states, “It’s not about making art, it’s about the way you live. How you can make the world a better place and what you have to give.” The book would appeal to children, and serves as a good reminder that we all have ways to share our creativity, even if we weren’t asked to be creative. I didn’t care for the rhyme throughout the book. As a reader, it felt contrived and forced. The illustrations are bright and colorful, certainly eye-catching. #kidlitexchange #creativity #picturebooks #ididntasktobecreative

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ali Book&Seaglasshunter

    Author Dontavious Pittman kindly sent me a copy of his book “I Didn’t Ask to be Creative” for review. “I Didn’t Ask to Be Creative” is a cute, inspiring story for children and parents to read together. The story follows 8 year Kyle, whose has a wild imagination and a passion for creativity. Whether it’s an old cardboard box, boring chores, or average day to day life, Kyle is constantly coming up with ways to add a little fun into life. However his mom has lost the creative streak she once had a Author Dontavious Pittman kindly sent me a copy of his book “I Didn’t Ask to be Creative” for review. “I Didn’t Ask to Be Creative” is a cute, inspiring story for children and parents to read together. The story follows 8 year Kyle, whose has a wild imagination and a passion for creativity. Whether it’s an old cardboard box, boring chores, or average day to day life, Kyle is constantly coming up with ways to add a little fun into life. However his mom has lost the creative streak she once had as a child. She sees life as a more mundane and stressful set of tasks. Can Kyle help his mom see that letting a little creativity into your life can make a big change in your attitude? I thought this book was very cute and could spark some great conversations, or maybe even inspire a few projects. My only critique comes with the rhyme style-I personally find it hard to pull off an obvious rhyme scheme without sounding forced-but I’m a little picky about this. Overall, the “I Didn’t Ask to Be Creative” would be a nice story to share with day dreamers and those on the more serious side as well.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Beautiful storyline, beautiful illustrations. A short, inspirational read for the young and old. It touched my heart as a mother and has inspired me to think outside the "mommy box", to get my vision for making again. There are good storylines and morals to most children's books, but I truly loved this one, even as an adult. I saw myself as the mother who considers herself a creative person, but "life" has gotten in the way. No room for fun anymore. This book shows life through the little boy's Beautiful storyline, beautiful illustrations. A short, inspirational read for the young and old. It touched my heart as a mother and has inspired me to think outside the "mommy box", to get my vision for making again. There are good storylines and morals to most children's books, but I truly loved this one, even as an adult. I saw myself as the mother who considers herself a creative person, but "life" has gotten in the way. No room for fun anymore. This book shows life through the little boy's eyes. He is kind and smart and has the best wishes for his mother and shows her the way back to a life of creativity outside of life's mundane routines. So sweet! Looking forward to more from Dontavious Pittman!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Liarakos

    This book is great! I love how it's in first person in a boy's point of view of life. The story has great rhyme and illustrations. I read this book to my first graders and we discussed about being creative. It was great to hear my students on how they are creative. In the story, the mom is always busy and doesn't have time to be creative. Her son tries to show her how to be creative in everyday life. Finally, when she is finished with all of her tasks, she decides to do something creative and to This book is great! I love how it's in first person in a boy's point of view of life. The story has great rhyme and illustrations. I read this book to my first graders and we discussed about being creative. It was great to hear my students on how they are creative. In the story, the mom is always busy and doesn't have time to be creative. Her son tries to show her how to be creative in everyday life. Finally, when she is finished with all of her tasks, she decides to do something creative and to show her son that she can be creative, because of him. It's a sweet story and my first graders absolutely loved this book!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Casilya Smith

    As a writer myself, I know how important it is to always protect both our dreams and our creativity from a world that tries to keep us inside of the box. As a mother though, I often used to find myself always being just a bit “too busy”! I was gifted “I Didn’t Ask to Be Creative” a few years ago, and it was the reminder that I needed to enjoy the little moments, loosen up, and embrace all the beauty in the things surrounding me and my son. My son is just as vibrant as I was when I was little whi As a writer myself, I know how important it is to always protect both our dreams and our creativity from a world that tries to keep us inside of the box. As a mother though, I often used to find myself always being just a bit “too busy”! I was gifted “I Didn’t Ask to Be Creative” a few years ago, and it was the reminder that I needed to enjoy the little moments, loosen up, and embrace all the beauty in the things surrounding me and my son. My son is just as vibrant as I was when I was little which is difficult for his peers to sometimes understand. He marches to the beat of his own drum, and this book also moved me to encourage him to embrace that. I’ve since used this book every year as a teaching tool for making self-text connections and literary theme inside of my 7th grade classroom as well! I could go on and on, but thank you for this gem Donta!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Calisan Walker

    Purchased this book to read to my children during summer quarantine and not only did they love it but it taught me a lesson as well. Alot of time us parents are to busy "adulting" that we don't allow time for fun, creativity, or spending quality time making memories with the family. This book reminded us to do that. Loved everything about the book! Its definitely a must read!!!! Purchased this book to read to my children during summer quarantine and not only did they love it but it taught me a lesson as well. Alot of time us parents are to busy "adulting" that we don't allow time for fun, creativity, or spending quality time making memories with the family. This book reminded us to do that. Loved everything about the book! Its definitely a must read!!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melinda M

    I Didn't Ask to Be Creative by Dontavious Pittman and is illustrated by Max Rambaldi. The illustrations are well done and help the imitation. For a child it will show that adults need to take time to be creative. If you are an adult, it shows that you need creative in your live. It kept your attention. I received a copy thru a Goodreads Giveaway. I Didn't Ask to Be Creative by Dontavious Pittman and is illustrated by Max Rambaldi. The illustrations are well done and help the imitation. For a child it will show that adults need to take time to be creative. If you are an adult, it shows that you need creative in your live. It kept your attention. I received a copy thru a Goodreads Giveaway.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Deb Harris

    A really great read reminding us what wonderful imaginations kids have, I need reminding as a primary school teacher and a parent, forever racing around! The bright pictures show all the fantastic ideas a little boy has as he tries to persuade his mom to be artistic. Making and building really is fun and we should all do it more often.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mark Restaino

    The World Through The Eyes of Kid Our kids are so good at imagining. Many of us adults have lost this ability to see the world any differently than it is. I like how the book explains creativity as giving back to the world- what a deep truth! The illustrations in this book were outstanding as well.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Shirley

    An inspiring children's book I definitely recommend this inspiring children's book for family's to share together. Life can become so mundane that we forget to fit in time for fun. This story reminds us that we're never too old to try new things. Excellent read! An inspiring children's book I definitely recommend this inspiring children's book for family's to share together. Life can become so mundane that we forget to fit in time for fun. This story reminds us that we're never too old to try new things. Excellent read!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    So sweet This was a cute interesting generational story about a grandpa, mom, and child who all have a creative spirit. It makes you appreciate all the sacrifices parents make to give their kids room to dream.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Moriah Conant

    Sweet story This book is so precious. It tells the story of a boy with a bold imagination and a mom who thinks she has outgrown creativity. They talk about the world and come to understanding in the middle.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hyacinth

    I like this little book. It's about creativity and not giving up. It offers hope and shows a mother's love. I like this little book. It's about creativity and not giving up. It offers hope and shows a mother's love.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I won a Kindle copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. Didn't really like it. Thought it too mature for the target audience. Sorry. I won a Kindle copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. Didn't really like it. Thought it too mature for the target audience. Sorry.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gayle Fernandez

  18. 4 out of 5

    Diana Southammavong

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

  20. 4 out of 5

    JD

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kassandra

  22. 4 out of 5

    Madhu Gowda

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lavender

    Placeholder I won this book via Goodreads Giveaways.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chris Naugle

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michaela

  26. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alli

  28. 5 out of 5

    Susan “Sam”

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sherece

  30. 4 out of 5

    Allison

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