Not Even The Sky Is The LIMIT by Denise Zarrella

Happy Friday everyone! I have got an awesome picture book to tell you about today! But first…

SOoo, what did you do last night?


Oh, I did the usual, you know, homework, reading, ate dinner, read more (I now have 34 Reading for Renn points from taking another test today!), got a shower, and went to hang out for a while with Rick Riordan, you know all the stuff I normally do.


You didn’t get that last part?

Let me type it a bit louder –


okay i's not the best picture - I was too excited to think about photography!

OK – it’s not the best picture – I was too excited to think about photography!

Hey what’s even cooler than that? Well, not only did I get to go hear one of my all-time favorite authors speak (and get a signed book), Josie and I got to meet and have dinner with the Stanley and Katrina gang! Tomato and Pea got to meet Stanley and Katrina too!


left to right – Pea, Awesome Friend, Stanley, Josie, Katrina, Tomato, and Neighbor Girl


Neighbor Girl signed a copy of The Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets for me!

All of us with our books!

All of us with our books!

What did I learn after hearing Mr. Riordan speak? Well, he and his wife had the same hair-do in college, he was a bad student, but a good middle grade teacher who looked pretty cool dressed up like a samurai and he likes enchiladas. ๐Ÿ™‚

We all had a ton of fun! I want to thank my mom for taking us and Cool Mom of the S&K gang for getting the tickets!

Enough with this silliness! It’s time for


Wait no it isn’t! First I must announce the winner of Sir Princess Petra’s Talent by Diane Mae Robinson (see my review HERE).

prncesspetThe winner is –

Miss Barbara of the GradeONEderful blog!!! YAY! I will be emailing you to get your address so we can send you your book!

NOWย –ย it’s time for PPBF! ๐Ÿ˜€

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of โ€œperfectโ€ picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it has a message that every adult and child should hear!

Not Even the Sky cover

Not Even The Sky Is The LIMIT

by Denise Zarrella

photography by David Uschold

34 pages – ages 4+

Published by Halo Publishing International 2013

Theme/Topic – Acceptance / Equality / Special Needs

Opening and Synopsis โ€“

Taken from the press release –

Not Even The SKY Is The LIMIT, is a book showcasing the abilities of children and adults with Down Syndrome. The book is the result of the authorโ€™s own beautiful journey to find out what life with her daughter would be like. Turn the pages and youโ€™ll see that people with Down Syndrome are able to enjoy doing everything everyone else does. In fact, as you see here, not even the sky is the limit!”

Why Iย liked this book โ€“ I like that it shows people with Down Syndrome doing everyday things and something I can’t do (shoot hoops – totally horrible at this) or wish I could do (skydive). ย The book shows pictures of people of all ages. The pages are full color photographs with simple text on them, with simple messages. I think it is a great book to show kids people are really all the same even if they look or act differently from ourselves. This is an important message that all people should hear.

The book’s trailer has some nice pictures from the inside –

Activities and Resources –

There are a TON of activities and resources listed at Project Unify of The Special Olympics site! Click HERE for student and teacher resources. Resources for educators (click HERE).

You can also “Spread the Word to End the Word” and take the pledge to stop using the hurtful r-word! I took it! Did you? Click HERE!

Other information –

Follow Denise Zarrella at her website HERE.

Visit the publisher’s website HERE.

You can find out more about Denise Zarrella, her book and World of Ink Author/Book Tour at

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hillโ€™s blogย  HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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50 replies

  1. Holy Cow, Erik! How did you get pictures posted already? You are ah-mazing. We had so much fun meeting you, Josie and your mother. Hmm…guess we need to get to uploading some pictures! If anyone out there is wondering, yes, Erik is just as cool in person. What an honor to meet you all. I need to now wake up the pets and get Neighbor Girl’s feedback on S&K’s post.

  2. You had me at the title, but now that I know what “Not Even the Sky” is about, it’s a must-read. Thanks for a great review. And WOW, Rick Riordan sounds like an amazing person up close!

  3. More amazing books!

    Love that you got to hear and get a signed book from Rick Riordan. I have GOT to check out his books!!

    Love your photos, too, brightened up my day. Glad you are having fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Lucky gang! Love the Riordan tidbits. Same hair-do – hahahaha!

  5. Wow! A post FULL of excitement!! Excellent book choice!! Right up my alley. I have a special place in my heart for those kids, because they have big hearts! We used to go to the Special Olympics – what an incredible hugfest experience!! I’ll have to look for this book. Thanks Erik!

  6. There are so few books for kids with Downs Syndrome — believe me, I’ve searched. Most are guides for parents. This feels like a nonfiction book showing real kids and their abilities. The author has had quite a career in broadcast news. I really love this book and will get a copy. I like the pledge idea too. Great activity suggestions Erik.

    Glad you had such a good time meeting your favorite author Rick Riordan! Sounds like a fun evening.

    Congratulations to Barbara on winning Sir Princess Petra book.

    • I think it would be great for everyone to read this book. I really like the idea, and that it shows us that we are all equal. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just to clear it up, this book has adults and kids in the book, since I don’t think I explained it that well in the review. Mr. Riordan was a nice guy, as were the S&K Gang (though only Stanley was a guy. ๐Ÿ™‚ )! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. What a cool book to review. Mom says that book belongs in every classroom in America. I am a little afraid of the sky. Once I saw a blimp and I’m pretty sure it was trying to kill me.

    Love and licks,

    • Oh, I’m sure you won’t be killed by a blimp Cupcake. I don’t think anything would even TRY to kill such a cute doggy like you, Cupcake. ๐Ÿ™‚ Except for Josie. Of course, she’d do it unintentionally, but still… Ummm… How are you Cupcake? Want some bacon? Have some more! Ummmm… Bedtime for me! G’night! *scoots off screen*

  8. You find great books, Erik! I wondered if there was any text or just photos? Another reason to go find a copy. . .

  9. Congratulations to Miss Barbara on winning the giveaway. What a great picture book recommendation, Erik. We were so excited about the pictures that we didn’t even comment on your picture book recommendation in our earlier comment! Have a great weekend.
    ~Cool Mom/Christine M.

  10. What? You did all that? And on a school night to boot! Awesome!

    Great title, and sounds like a super read for anyone. How empowering.

  11. Woo hoo! You got to meet Rick Riordan. And if you are up to 34 Renn points, that must mean I owe you $6.80 to date. Good thing I had a few writing jobs come in this week. I can’t keep up!

  12. How exciting that you got to meet Rick Riordan! Great pictures — thank you for sharing them.

    Your PPBF pick sounds totally excellent. There need to be more books like this to show everyone that Down Syndrome kids, and kids with other challenges, can do all kinds of things.

    Yay for more AR points!!!

  13. wow! this sounds like you had a busy time of late, Erik. Love your choice of book for PPBF this week. Have you ever heard of StarJam? It’s a charity that creates limelight opportunities for people with disabilities. (They are a customer of mine, although I have known of them for quite some time before) They also have a facebook page. Anyway back to your review, awesome and love the links. Lucky you to get to meet Rick Riordan. Congrats to Barbara for the win!

  14. Awesome! An evening with Rick Riordan! (Gosh, he looks like my neighbor guy. His name is Rick, too. Maybe Rick Riordan masquerades as a carpenter/counter top layer?) Those hair-dos from way back, most are better left forgotten. ๐Ÿ™‚

    This sounds like a super book. We have a Down Syndrome lady at our church. She is the sweetest thing. Very emotional. Happies are very happy. Sads are always teary. She works at Burger King and competes in Special Olympics. Neat lady. It’s important for kids to see these are valuable human beings.

  15. Just goes to show you that everyone is precious in God’s eyes. Thanks for reviewing this very special picture book, Erik!

  16. You sure do a lot in one day!! So pleased you got to meet a favourite author. I’m sure he was pleased to meet you too. We authors love meeting our fans.

  17. A little birdie (S&K) told me about your Rick Riordan night.
    It must have been great to see him, and to have a signed book is a great treasure to keep.

  18. Wow you met Rick Riordan! You are living the dream, Erik. Love his bio! Your book choice is great too.

  19. That’s awesome that you met Rick Riordan! Yay! This book sounds awesome too.

  20. Thanks for sharing a book with a really important message. I hope my library has this one. It’s on my list!
    Thanks, too, for sharing fun facts about Rick Riordan. My favorite is that he and his wife had the same hair-do in college, Very funny! How fun to hang out with him!

  21. What an exciting post! Rick Riordan — long hair, mustache and enchiladas!! A signed book! Wow.

    The Down Syndrome book is much needed — enjoyed hearing about it and watching the video. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • This is a great book, Ms. Rattigan. ๐Ÿ™‚ Mr. Riordan looked pretty cool in college, but then he got a job as a teacher, and had to cut his hair and shave the ‘stache… But then he could accurately dress up as a samurai, and grow a cool ‘stache & goatee ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. This is a wonderful choice for PPBF, Erik! And thanks for sharing your evening…you are a gifted and talented writer, so I know it was exciting to meet an author you so admire. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. This book looks fantastic, Erik! The book trailer was great, and I loved seeing some of the photographs. What a wonderful choice. Thanks so much for adding this one to our list!

  24. Look at you having dinner with three girls! Such a heartbreaker! I can sense your excitement about hearing Rick Riordan speak. ๐Ÿ™‚ Enchiladas are the best aren’t they? Love them too. Except, I think I’m allergic to jalapeรฑos which is really sad because I so love them. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • That was a lot of fun! I love all mexican food – the real stuff not taco bell (well I like taco bell too but that’s not the point). We went to El Paso Texas last year and I had THE BEST mexican food there. Hmm now I am hungry. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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