Dear Mr. Toffoli,
Howard Drive Elementary School always looks forward to your visits. You know how to engage all students during your captivating presentation. The students love that they are able to own their own copy of your books that you take the time to personally autograph and illustrate. Our school promotes the AR program and that your books are AR makes them even more inviting to read. I have purchased all of your books for our media center, and once you have visited, they are always checked out. You have always contributed money back to our PTA after your visit – so in that sense, your visits are a win/win situation – children are introduced to quality literature and our PTA benefits financially. We are looking forward to another visit from you in the near future.
Mr. Toffoli's presentation is fun and engaging; our students LOVED his visit. Mr. Toffoli, author, is a rising star. He is well versed and entertaining. His books are creatively written to catch the student's interests and attention as well as educational. He presents, in a fun format, biographical sketches of famous historical personalities. He began his "author talk" by introducing himself and his books. He spoke to the students about the famous characters, and illustrated a few along the way. The students especially enjoyed hearing about the process an author goes through to write and illustrate a book. A question answer session followed, and students were eager to participate since the "chosen students" received one of the illustrations created during the presentation.
Thank you for your presentation and the hand drawn sketch with the signed autograph you did for our school. It proudly hangs in our school media center.
It was a great pleasure to have you visit our school. I cannot express the encouragement you provided to our students. Each and every one of your books have been embraced by not only the students but the faculty as well. We can't keep the books on the shelves! Students normally follow other students who have the books and as the books are returned, they are checked out immediately. Your presentation inspired lots of special projects in the classrooms. Students were amazed to see that you had one of your former students help you illustrate your books. You are an enthusiastic speaker, and the fact that you are able to connect with the students and teachers make a big difference. Students were motivated to witness your illustrations as you actually drew them. However, the most appealing part of your presentation, is the actual books. Each of them is better than the next. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed reading each one, and how much people who I gave to books to as a gift have enjoyed them. As I mentioned before, I cannot keep the books on the shelves and the students and teachers honestly use them a lot for different school projects and readings. Students really are reading the books for enjoyment! I personally truly enjoy the books as well. It's great to have someone participate and contribute as much as you have in the encouragement of reading for all! Again, we thank you for visiting our school and look forward to having you back in the future.
I have had the pleasure of working with Andrew Toffoli at two different schools, Key Biscayne K-8 Center and Kenwood K-8 Center. His presentations have been a hit with all my students. His series fills a special niche in the historical fiction picture book genre for young children. The illustrations are vivid and attract children instantly but at the same time they are appropriate for the older students who can understand and compare the fictional animal characters with the real historical figures. Andrew's genuine and friendly personality shines through as he presents to each group his stories and how he came to be an author. After listening to the latest book, the students love to ask questions and they are eagerly engaged as Mr. Toffoli re-creates his sketches right before their eyes and then quizzes them and gives away his drawings as prizes. Having Andrew Toffoli visit my schools has been a memorable experience for all who participated and the kids constantly ask to check out his books. He becomes "famous" and the students have the opportunity to meet a real author and to learn a little about history. I highly recommend inviting Andrew Toffoli as a guest author. It's an educational and fun experience for all!
Dear Mr. Toffoli,
Thank you for your presentation and the hand drawn sketch with the signed autograph you did for my Son Christopher's books. He attends Sunset Park Elementary, and we bought two books for him on the day of your presentation. We gave him "Bengalmin Franklin" (his new hero), on his Birthday and it is now one of his most prized possessions. He even got a bengal tiger beanie baby to sit with the book. Thank you for helping boys to have something wonderful to read that doesn't contain negative or graphically violent material, which seems to be the accepted norm of the Star Wars/Anime generation. Thank you for taking the time to come to his school and bring excitement to kids for reading, history and science. My son is only 8 and reads on a 4th grade level, but something amazing in your books has brought pure joy to us both. His relating to such lovable characters and looking to learn more about the historical figures they depict is an admirable outcome of your work.
"I have worked with Andrew Toffoli for a few years and he is a very pleasant, engaging, entertaining author and speaker. His presentations are always a hit, with the telling of his latest book to the special drawings he gives to audience members. His books are great for the younger set and really get them interested in famous people and history, especially his creative use of animals and the play on characters' names. My school always looks forward to his visits."
Miami Lakes K-8 was all a buzz, October 7th when author/illustrator Andrew Toffoli visited our school. Mr. Toffoli spoke to our primary students and demonstrated how to illustrate a character from his lasted book "Thomas Owlva Edison". Our students raved about the wonderful and educational presentation, they LOVED the quiz game portion of the visit. I believe the best comment came from a teacher that has a student with disabilities and struggles at school. This student was so engaged in the presentation that she was able to go home and recreate the owl from Mr. Toffoli's book. The entire day and evening this student continued making Thoma Owlva Edison, she felt so proud of her herself. I was extremely moved on the difference Mr. Toffoli made in this child's life!
Dear Mr. Toffoli,
The students at Chapel Trail Elementary had a wonderful time with our visiting author, Andrew Toffoli. His grade level presentations were entertaining, informative and enjoyed by all our students from PreK to 5th grade. His books are creatively written to catch the student's interests as well as learning from them. The students especially enjoyed hearing about the process an author goes through to write and illustrate a book. His explanations on how he illustrates his books had our students drawing for days! Family night was a tremendous success with parents enjoying him as much as the students. They loved his books so much that he ran out of books to sell! We will certainly enjoy having Andrew Toffoli visit us again!
In the past, other media specialists have mentioned fellow M-DCPS teacher Andrew Toffoli's author visits and I wanted to add my two cents. Andrew has written and illustrated four kid-friendly biographies on popular historical people, including Christopher Columbus (Christopher Cowlumbus), Benjamin Franklin (Bengalmin Franklin), Michelangelo (Michelangelo Bunnyrroti), and Leonardo da Vinci (Lionardo Da Vinci). The first three titles have AR quizzes available and both the titles and quizzes are available through Follett. (I bought them through Amazon before Follett provided them.) These books, especially after Andrew visits, are NEVER on the shelf!
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