- Oliver X, Reno Tahoe Tonight Magazine
"I watched the live performance of it (The World of Glimpse) - all 30 minutes - and it was just riveting."
- Emily Reese, Reno Tahoe Tonight Radio
"The World of Glimpse is an amazing book. For fans of Dr. Seuss and Lemony Snicket, this takes the world of imagination, color and symbol, way out there."
- Oliver X, Reno Tahoe Tonight Radio
Shannon Scott, linguist, elementary educator and outdoor and green building enthusiast:
"As a public elementary school teacher, I find it paramount that my students hear one particular message loud, clear, and in vivid color: Forge past naysayers and remain resolute and comfortable with one’s own individuality, uniqueness, and personal life choices. I want students to follow their hearts and guts, but think critically about their decisions. This is the resounding point and premise of Ellen Palestrant’s The World of Glimpse and why I’ve chosen to use it with my 4th graders.
When I was a child, I recall my father telling me, 'People will try to drag you down whenever they can. Don’t let them.' I want my young wards to know inherently that they must ignore such people who, like Ellen Palestrant’s “Dreaded Drooma”, say 'You can’t.' 'You shouldn’t' 'It is not possible.' 'Stay with and be one of us.' The World of Glimpse drives this point home with otherworld, dreamy characters that engage both children and adults. I love using this book with my students as it raises their spirits, making them feel good about who they are and the paths they’re taking. Additionally, the alliteration and phonemic artfulness of the language helps tune student’s ears to the music of beautifully composed language."
Comments from Shannon's students:
Wendy: I think the book was very interesting and inspiring, and I liked the pictures. The pictures felt real like they are going to pop out of the book. Fred the Pencil had to come out of your imagination. I think you are a great writer and artist! Fred is cool.
Josalynne: I liked how she used her imagination in the book and inspired you to follow your own path, and don't let other people tell you what you want to be. I want to be a great writer like you when I grow up.
Stacy: I loved how you wrote such creative words, used your imagination to make the book. I loved the book because it was so colorful and you rock.
Keaton: I liked all the made up words in the book, and your paintings are very beautiful.
Kendal: I like that you like to inspire kids with other books rather than old boring ones.
Kaitlin: I think her book had a lot of imaginative stuff in it. It made me feel that you could be who you are and you don't need to be what others think you should be. The book was very inspiring. It should be read all around the whole world for other children to hear and parents read also.
Emily: I liked that you had lots of plays on words and pictures were very imaginative and I liked all the new names that I've never heard before. You're a great artist and I would like be a great as you someday. You're awesome.
Megan: I thought the book was unique and interesting. It has new things that I haven't seen before and I loved it very much. I'd like to get the book, so someday I can read it to my kids.
Elayna: My favorite part was when the moths were making lunaberry meals. There were so many lunaberry meals. I wanted to eat all of them. Thank you so much for making the book. If the world was like the World of Glimpse, I would be just like Spunktaneous.
Madisen: I think your book was so amazing. I would buy it to read it to my own kids when I grow up. The pictures that you created were very interesting and made me very happy. I someday would write a book and make it with inspirement (I just made that up.)
Sara: I think the book was very creative and interesting. It told a good story, and an inspiring story. I loved the fact that it told to follow your own path and don't let other people control your life.
Gavin: I think the book had a lot of adventures. It was a great book and I'm going to read it to my kids and grandkids when I grow up.
Shyanne: Your book is really good to read. I loved all the colorful pictures and you put the words in a wave. You're great at making books and your art is so good.
"Pretzel on Prozac is well written often amusing "dogography" that canine lovers will fully appreciate. Although overall jocular, it is the deep look into a pet struggling with adjusting to new environs that makes Pretzel on Prozac: The Story of an Immigrant Dog worth reading, as animals have their neurosis too."
- Harriet Klausner
"Pretzel on Prozac is the wonderfully satirical story of an uprooted dog's life. I just loved this book; Palestrant's writing style will sweep you through this story only wanting more."
- DOG EARS, What's New on the Pet-Lovers Bookshelf
"Pretzel on Prozac is a unique true story - heartwarming and funny - about an immigrant dog who just could not adjust to a new life."
- Rod Lott, BOOKASM, Reading Material to Get Excited About
"(Pretzel on Prozac) is well written and at places humorous. It brings out well the problems of adjusting to a new society. Check it out for yourself."
- S. V. Swamy, SWAMY-REVIEWS
"Pretzel on Prozac is a delightful, yet profound memoir, a window into the lives of both people and animals who must adapt to a new way of life. I laughed, I cried, and I admired the love in this most touching tribute, which is, on so many levels, much more than a book about a dog."
- Dr. Laura Paxton, full professor and former department chair of General Studies for Western International University. Among her publications are Writing Power, an English textbook and Grief: A Journey of Discovery.
"Palestrant is a writer who appreciates the power of language. A linguistic delight, Pretzel on Prozac is an unsentimental reminiscence that portrays life as it really is, with all its insecurities and small, daily triumphs."
- Dr. Lisa K. Miller, Author, Teacher & Founder of the Phoenix College Creative Writing Program
"Woven into the fabric of Ellen Palestrant’s witty and poignant dog memoir are insights about national identity, politics, self-imposed boundaries, and life journeys. From the escape attempt of a hummingbird in a house to the delusions of apartheid in South Africa, Palestrant’s observations provoke emotion and thought. Pretzel on Prozac is an unusual and memorable book about embracing life and accepting change."
- Juanita Havill, poet and author of more than a dozen children’s books and the recipient of numerous honors, including the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, Library of Congress Children’s Book of the Year award and Reading Rainbow Selection
"You will love the trials of Pretzel and the lessons we can learn in life and the challenges we face."
- John L. Hoh. Jr., Bookideas
"Ellen Palestrant…details Pretzel’s travails in her delightful book, “Pretzel on Prozac: The Story of an Immigrant Dog.” Humor, pathos and real-life advice abound, as Palestrant takes the reader on Pretzel’s momentous journey from Johannesburg’s Smuts Airport to Phoenix Sky Harbor and beyond... 'Good-bye family … friends … house, garden, street, neighborhood,' writes Palestrant of the family’s departure from the country of their birth. Hello new experiences, new challenges, new opportunities."
- Vicki Cabot, Cracking Open the Door
“Have You Ever Had a Hunch? is a powerful tool for self-growth and an invaluable gift for anyone wanting to explore their own creativity. Read it.”
– Ashley Lazarus, Award-winning New York film director and producer, Founder of the Lamed Foundation
“Have You Ever Had a Hunch? is an inspiring, uplifting and motivating book that took me into a new dimension of creativity. Thank you for the insight and perception that made me reach deep inside myself and pull out my potential.”
– Annette Tucker, composer, lyricist, teacher, writer and producer whose songs have been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Michael Jackson, Sonny and Cher, Maureen McGovern and others
“I have always thought – and still do – that it’s impossible to teach creativity. But it is possible to unleash it. And that is exactly what Have You Ever Had a Hunch? does. Turn yourself loose. Read this book and let your creativity take flight.”
– Joe Rassulo, Emmy Award-winning actor/writer/producer/director and host of a syndicated radio talk show
“In a series of short, to the point chapters, Ellen Palestrant strips away the layers of inhibition and repression that encumber all of us. Her style is light, but penetrating, and her range of examples will stimulate even the most skeptical. This is a book I’ll enthusiastically recommend to students, friends and family to help them act upon and fulfill their own hunches.”
– Robert S. Tancer, LL.B., LL.M., Attorney at Law and Director of the International Health Management Program at the American Graduate School of International Management
“Have You Ever Had a Hunch? is a witty, cogent presentation of creativity and an urgent defense of intuition. This book is as welcome as a seed catalogue after a long, cold winter and, likewise, filled with hope and possibilities. There is some-thing to contemplate on every page.”
– Juanita Havill, poet and author of more than a dozen children’s books and the recipient of numerous honors, including the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, Library of Congress Children’s Book of the Year award and Reading Rainbow Selection
“The story of Sam Harris has directly touched the lives of thousand of school children who will be better adults because of the values they have learned from him.”
- Dr. Christopher Koch, Illinois State Superintendent of Education
“Thank you, Sam Harris, and thank you, Ellen Palestrant, for bringing to us this book of hope and immense humanity.”
- Linda Chapa LaVia, State Representative, 83rd District, and Chairperson, Elementary and Secondary Education Committee
“Sam is a miracle…the miracle is how Sam withstood the full force of the world’s worst outpouring of evil without losing his humanity. Sam is a miracle because he was witness to unspeakable, unmanageable horror, and in place of vengeance and hate, he filled his heart with compassion and loving-kindness. Would that all mankind could learn from Sam.”
- Richard Kaufman, Psychiatrist, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Division of Psychiatry, Emeritus, University of Chicago
“Sam Harris is proof that one life can produce change in the lives of everyone they touch, no matter what their ethnic heritage. His story is remarkable for what it says about the goodness in the human spirit, and especially for how the message translates so directly to the consciences of young people of all backgrounds.”
- William Delgado, State Senator, 2nd District, and Chairperson, Senate Education Committee
- Adrian Donker, Ad. Donker Publishing
"Ellen Palestrant’s strong inborn talent is many-sided. Her main gift is a vigorous comic inventiveness which she adapts to purposes of fantasy, farce or satire with equal facility and zest. She can be playfully inventive also in her use of language. By contrast, she is capable too, of persuasive realistic writing, and has written stories of poignant force."
- Lionel Abrahams, South African novelist, poet, editor and critic
KOPTOE FIRST APPEARED IN ELLEN PALESTRANT”S SHORT STORY COLLECTION: NOSEDIVE & OTHER WRITINGS
"Here we have a novella and four short stories by a cleverly original South African author. This is Ellen Palestrant’s debut. That there will be more of her delightfully amusing “off-beat” writings, I feel no doubt – I surely hope so. The stories, written with sprinklings of the South African vernacular, also include familiar place names and streets scattered throughout – all adding to their intriguing quality…Nosedive is superb…(it) goes to the heights – or is it depths – of hyperbole. I believe this must undoubtedly be one of the funniest books I’ve ever read."
- Doug Slack, The Star
"Ellen Palestrant’s writing is the perfect foil. She… sees the human condition without illusion, and especially the condition of the part of humanity which speaks with a South African accent… hers is the comic vision. Nosedive is a zany farce with strong satirical undertones. The writing is exuberant and refreshing and the author’s sense of the absurd is wholly delightful. If you are in need of a tonic… Ellen Palestrant is what you need."
- Natal Witness