What people are saying about Allen’s presentations

“The fifth grade class was enchanted by Allen Kurzweil’s visit during our annual autumn book fair. Using props and personal experiences, Mr. Kurzweil drew us into the mechanics of how an author builds a story from unforgotten embarrassments, insatiable curiosity, and the world about him. Speaking with the voice of one who has not forgotten fifth grade, Mr. Kurzweil lured students into the process of writing by webbing his novels in terms that demonstrate how an object as simple as a potato chip can become a cause célèbre, and how the richness of the mundane can become fodder for creativity. Mr. Kurzweil is dynamic and interactive in his approach, and inspiring to readers and writers alike.”

Elizabeth Samuels, Fifth Grade Teacher, Moses Brown School, Providence, RI

“We love your book, Leon and the Spitting Image. We find it one of the best books we have ever read. We are doing a book talk on you and your excellent book.”

Lainey, age 10

“To the delight of hundreds of Ogden, Utah students Mr. Kurzweil taught and entertained them in October 2005. His stories of potatoes and Leon and the Champion Chip encouraged our students to consider how science works in our everyday lives… many potato clocks were built just to test his theory! Mr. Kurzweil charmed us all while broadening our perspectives, encouraging our imaginations, and renewing our desire to read more! We would welcome Allen Kurzweil back to Utah any time!”

Laurie J. Sumsion, Retail Events, Deseret Books, Ogden, UT

“I am currently reading Leon and the Spitting Image to my class. I just had to write to tell you how much my class (27 kids) LOVES your book. They look forward to it everyday and let out a big sigh of disappointment when I say, ‘that’s all for today.’ Thanks for writing such a great story!”

Catherine Latour, Fourth Grade Teacher, St. Anne School, Ottawa, Ontario

“We asked for Allen Kurzweil to come speak at local schools the day after he did events for us for Leon and the Spitting Image. I religiously requested Allen for a return visit every quarter knowing that his book was not even a complete manuscript. We host a lot of authors and bring many authors into the schools for presentations and Allen is the best of the best. He is able to immediately relate to his audience — young readers — and is patient, funny, irreverent, thoughtful, humble and nothing short of wonderful.”

Jenny Lawton, School Visit Coordinator, Greenwich School System, Owner, Just Books, Greenwich, CT

Leon Zeisel